We want to build relationships with exceptional writers in the region, to connect with and nurture the talent around us and offer opportunities for writers to develop their practice. Our Writers Group is where we select a small group of local emerging writers who are on attachment with us for a year, developing their skills through masterclasses, workshopping, group support and dramaturgical guidance.
Applications for the Writers Group are currently closed but will be opening in the spring of 2019. This will be posted here and announced on the Making Room Newsletter which you can sign up for here.
Let us introduce this year’s group of writing talent, who have been working with us since May 2018; Jackie Daly, Terri Donovan, David Jarman, Tom Jordan, Elin Schofield, and Jade Stockley.
The 2018 Writers Group
Jackie Daly won the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in 2016. Her play The Space Between was produced by Windsor Fringe and staged as script-in-hand readings by Stephen Joseph Theatre and Script Yorkshire. Her play Dark Psyche was staged as a script-in-hand reading by Beach Hut Theatre Company. Her new play Warrior Queens was included in Second Stage, a new writing showcase at Stephen Joseph Theatre in May 2018. Jackie previously worked with Sheffield Theatres on the Fuse project. She was selected for Playwrights One development programme at West Yorkshire Playhouse, shortlisted for the OffWestEnd.com Adopt a Playwright award, and long-listed for The Old Vic 12. Jackie is also the scriptwriter for SubSeaTV, an award-winning wildlife filmmaking team.
Terri Donovan is a disabled playwright from Stockport. Her work has been produced and performed at Contact Theatre, Theatre N16, Redgates Theatre and Stockport Garrick Theatre. She was also a finalist for the BBC and Roundhouse’s words first poetry scheme. She is also a current member of the Royal Exchange’s Young Writers Company. Alongside writing, she is also an actor - with training inc. Rada (foundation), NYT and Graeae’s Ensemble. In her spare time she enjoys cake, ironic you tube videos and petting cats.
David is a spoken word poet, musician and playwright. He has been writing for the stage since 2010. In spring 2017 his short play Junction was produced by Theatre 503 and West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of their new writing festival View From Here: Yorkshire, following his attachment with WYP as part of their Playwrights One programme. In summer 2017 a promenade production of his play Robin Hood – an entirely new re-imagining of the traditional legend – premiered at Bolton Abbey Estate in North Yorkshire, produced by Gobbledigook Theatre. He has also adapted several classic stories for large cast promenade productions, including Alice in Wonderland (York Theatre Royal 2015) and The Wind in the Willows (Gobbledigook Theatre 2016). He is currently developing a new play with to be produced by Common Ground Theatre in 2018.
After working in theatre for several years early on in his career, Tom contracted the travel bug and spent 15 years as a travel writer and editor. After finally putting down some roots, in Sheffield, he has recently switched his focus back to theatre and dramatic writing. He wrote a monologue that was recorded as the voice of John Keats for the international Talking Statues project, and is currently writing for an upcoming BBC Children’s animated series. He has been involved as an actor through Sheffield People’s Theatre in several recent productions at the Crucible, including Frost/Nixon and Julius Caesar, and is very much looking forward to the opportunity of developing his first full-length play with the Sheffield Theatres New Writing group.
Elin is a Mancunian theatre maker living in Sheffield. She is a freelance director, movement director and company director of northern company Footprint Theatre. Footprint is a group of artists making work through a mixture of co-writing and devising. Their work has been programmed at spaces including the Royal Exchange, New Diorama and as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Making Room Studio Takeover.
Elin has only started writing as a solo pursuit recently and has just finished her first play during her time on the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group earlier this year.
Jade Stockley was featured in the Alchemy Festival of new writing at the North Wall arts centre in Oxford as an emerging writer, and also completed a summer residency at Sheffield Theatres with Making Room. She was raised in Sheffield and attended the University of Central Lancashire.