Following an open call out for scripts at the end of 2018, our team has made their way through hundreds of submissions.
We are very excited to soon be announcing the two, new, full length plays that have been selected for workshopping during our R&D week in July 2019.
The week will take place between 8th July and 12th July 2019, culminating in rehearsed readings of the selected plays on 12th July at the Park Theatre.
Congratulations to all writers who have made the long and short lists for this project!
‘Everything Must Go’ by Caitlin McEwan
‘Butterfly’ by Tife Kusoro
‘Plasma’ by Eleanor Ross
‘Target Man’ by Mark Starling
‘Watch List’ by Fran Bushe
‘Lightly Scattered Dreams’ by James Rushbrooke
‘These Minging Streets’ by Abraham Adeyemi
‘Leaving Eden’ by Sophia Leuner
‘Dreams of a Scholar’ by Emma Dennis-Edwards
‘Rhino’ by Leila Nashef
‘The Glory Road’ by Martin Edwards
We will soon be announcing the short list.
The R&D Team
Julia Parlato, Producer and Dramaturg
Julia is incredibly excited by the interest expressed in the R&D Project. Following the success of Scene Gym Shorts last year, she is looking forward to working with a new crop of fresh talent along with current collaborators.
Rachel Heyburn, Co-Producer and Dramaturg
Rachel has been involved with Scene Gym as a director over the last couple of years and has been an instrumental part of our dramaturgical team on this project.
Credits as a Director include : ‘Never Have I Ever’ (Arcola Theatre; Scene Gym), ‘The Night of the Knight of the Burning Pestle’ (LIPA), ‘Too Much Light’ (Theatre 503, Rapid Write Response), ‘Chekhov in Hell’ (LIPA), ‘The Slave’ (Tristan Bates Theatre), ‘Dutchman’ (Blue Elephant Theatre; rehearsed reading), ‘Refugees In’ (with Pussy Riot at Banksy’s Dismaland), ‘In Quest of Conscience’ (Finborough Theatre) and ‘Confusions’ (Royal Haymarket Youth Company). As an Assistant Director: ‘Dublin Carol (dir. Abbey Wright, Donmar at Trafalgar Studios Season), Dream of the Dog (dir. Katie McAleese, Finborough Theatre and West-End transfer to Trafalgar Studios), Miss Lilly Gets Boned Or The Loss Of All Elephant Elders (dir. Lily Bevan, Finborough Theatre)
Kimberley Gabriel, Co-Producer
Kimberley has been a creative influence in developing Scene Gym since the start. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2007, completing a BA Drama, Theatre and Education degree. She has facilitated drama projects with The Albany, Greenwich and Lewisham Young people’s Theatre, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company. After completing a Masters PGCE at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a Masters in Teaching and Learning at Kings College, University of London, Kimberley has continued to devise, direct and create unique pieces of drama with young people and adults.
Tamara Camacho, Script Reader and Dramaturg
Tamara Camacho is an actress and director and we welcome her dramaturgical support and bright ideas. She trained in Directing at the Young Vic and Lyric Theatre. She was assistant to Matthew Xia on ‘When Chaplin Met Ghandi’ and the Boris Karloff trainee assistant on ‘A View From The Bridge’ at the Young Vic, which later transferred to Broadway. She directed ‘Two Kisses’ at Theatre 503 for Rapid Write Response.
Credits as an Actress include: ‘Macbeth’ (Orange Tree Theatre, National Theatre),‘ Hermione’, (National Theatre), ‘The Winter’s Tale’ (National Theatre) ,‘Tipping the Velv_et’ , (Lyric Theatre/Royal Lyceum), ‘Ameena,_Pigeons’ (The Royal Court.)
Kamal Kaan, Script Reader & Dramaturg
As ever, Kamal has been incredibly busy immersed in numerous projects, writing plays for BBC Radio and developing his stage play ‘Beloved’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse – Furnace festival, Park Theatre) and also performing.
We are grateful to him for all of his support and encouragement with this project, as well as his ongoing guidance and commitment to the Scene Gym team.
Natassa Deparis, Script Reader
Much to our delight, Natassa has recently returned from living in Berlin.
She has been supporting the team with script reading, whilst busy being a new mum, writing and teaching. Her new play, ‘The Daughter Abroad’ will soon premier at Theatre 503.
We would like to thank the Fenton Arts Trust for their funding and support which has made this project possible.