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Manchester Group: Writing for Theatre

26 April @ 11:00 - 12:00 BST

Virtual Event

In lieu of face-to-face meetings, our network of local groups are hosting online meet-ups for members to catch up and stay in touch.

Join the Manchester Group on Monday 26 April from 11am for a live conversation between Piers Black and Suzanne Bell as they discuss bringing new written work to a theatre audience. If you have ever hoped to write or adapt for the stage or radio, and wondered how the process works, this will be an invaluable opportunity to listen to two exciting and talented professionals immersed in writing for theatre.

Piers Black is a writer and director, and Artistic Director of Manchester-based Ransack Theatre. He has worked with the BBC, HighTide, the Soho Theatre, the Kiln, the Royal Exchange and HOME, as well as providing development assistance for Vicky Graham Productions, Red Production Company and SparkLab. He won the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award for his play Human Resources, which was then selected for BBC Radio 4’s Drama of the Week. He was also invited to take part in the BBC’s Northern Voices writers group and Soho Writers Lab. As a director Piers has worked at a number of theatres, including the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and the Lyric.

Suzanne Bell has over 20 years professional experience working as a Dramaturg in new writing in theatres across the UK, including leading writer development programmes at various theatres including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She is currently the Dramaturg at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and oversees the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Britain’s biggest national playwriting competition. She has worked on a number of award-winning productions of new work including plays by Simon Stephens, Rona Munro, Winsome Pinnock, Hattie Naylor, Kendall Feaver, Rory Mullarkey, Alistair McDowall, Insook Chappell and Anna Jordan. She is currently working on projects with April de Angelis, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba and Testament. 

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

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26 April
11:00 - 12:00 BST
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