Come to Where I’m From Cumbria
'Come To Where I'm From' is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking whether home really is where the heart is. It is an event organised by Paines Plough, the national theatre of new plays.
So far 66 playwrights from across the UK have returned to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them.
At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays were performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.
Paines Plough put out a search for writers hailing from Cumbria and could not be happier with the chosen participants: Lee Mattinson, Zosia Wand, Joe Harbot, Ann Wilson and Louise Gallagher.
Biographies from the writers are coming in – here are the first three.:
Ann Wilson is a South Cumbria based writer who performs and delivers creative writing workshops. She was recently one of the writers for The Unsociables at The Dukes. She's currently writing for The Ashton Group Theatre Factory Youth theatre and The Brewery Youth Theatre. She was South Cumbria Poet Laureate in 2006. She runs the monthly Spoken word open mic nights at The Brewery.
Joe Harbot wrote his first play, Gathered Dust and Dead Skin, when he was just fifteen. Since then he graduated from the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme and written numerous plays, including The Boy on the Swing (Live Theatre and Arcola), Memories (Southwark Playhouse), as well as a short film, Linked, directed by Jeremy Herrin<http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/jeremy-herrin/>, which was produced in 2007.
Zosia Wand gained an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in 1999. She has had five radio plays broadcast on Radio 4, A Half Name For A Half Person, (February 2002) Between Friends (October 2003) Heft Like the Herdwick (a collaborative project with ten new writers for radio, July 2006) The Inextinguishable Fire (October 2006) and Between (July 2007). Her stage play, Quicksand was premiered at The Dukes, Lancaster, in January 2011 and went on to sell out at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick. She is now writing the novel of Quicksand with the support of an Arts Council bursary and a new stage play, Change at Carnforth. When not writing, Zosia runs workshops for new writers, residencies, reader development and writing workshops and projects in schools. She also works as a mentor.
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