Last year I wrote my first play. An adaptation of Mr Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ for The Point Youth Theatre’s 8-11 years Christmas show. I had a blast running workshops with the groups during the writing process; the children became my co-authors and their wit and sparky imaginations definitely made it all the more enjoyable to write.
This week Susan Hodgett joins us to discuss the power of rediscovering your own text through others. Susan graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2011 with a Masters’ Degree in Writing for Performance. In 2012, her short play Violent Night won the Jilted Generation competition run by the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, and the play was performed as part of Portsmouth Bookfest.
Some years ago, the composer Alison Carver and I were asked by Music Sales to write a musical play for primary schools about ancient Egypt. We wrote a play called ‘The Pyramid’ and chose to try it out in a school on the outskirts of Manchester – in an area of some notoriety and deprivation. The school was known for music but had never done a scripted play. I would do props and give some help with the directing.