"ANGLE is second to none at reaching out to the quieter and underrepresented voices in London" Josie Rourke, Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse (previously the Bush Theatre).
After a wide-reaching 'call for plays' across West London, ANGLE are delighted to announce our two winning playwrights: Mediah Ahmed and Neil Daley.
Charlotte Gwinner, ANGLE's Artistic Director, says:
"We are thrilled and excited to introduce our ANGLE at the Bush writers after a three month search which involved a fleet of community partners and volunteers and which took us across six boroughs in West London; from Hounslow High Street to Tesco's Extra in Wembley. Our two selected writers, Mediah Ahmed and Neil Daley, are everything we could have hoped for; both offer something charismatic, vivid and new to the canon and we are proud to be their champions and to platform their work at the spectacular new Bush theatre."
The double bill, ANGLE at the Bush will be performed at the Bush Theatre on 30th January - 11th February 2012. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.
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REPENTENCE by Mediah Ahmed:
A miniature epic about a Muslim girl and her new boyfriend.Mediah is 29 years old. She lives in North West London, working part time as an Information Support Assistant in a Medical and Dental Library.
"I am still in shock that the panel saw something in my naive writing! But I'm really excited to see how the final thing is going to end up!"
BEHIND THE LINES by Neil Daley:
It's the scene of a street crime and everyone's got an opinion. London born, Neil Daley currently works in public finance and was raised in North West London. Having put pen to paper for the first time in writing "Behind The Lines", he is delighted it has been chosen by ANGLE to put on stage in January 2012.
"My mum was given a flyer outside her local supermarket and gave it to me so that I could be inspired to put one of my ideas to use. Thanks Mum. I cannot wait to see Behind The Lines staged and acted for an audience. I am also considering using it as a basis for a workshop that could be taken into schools to discuss and explore topics relating to being a youth in these times. On the opening night I guess I'll feel like a parent watching his child's first nativity play. Can't wait!"
ANGLE at the Bush will bring to the stage vibrant, new and unheard voices that shed a light on what it's like to live in West London today.
Shortlisted writers for ANGLE at the Bush are:
Co-writers Alex Foley and Howard Grater - "I can't tell you how surprised I was and lucky I felt to have made the shortlist. Regardless of what happens now this competition has given me the drive and the confidence to start finishing what I start!"
Nikki Poulton - "I actually heard about ANGLE through a friend. She knows I write and when she was looking through the local paper for a new flat, she spotted the advert and passed it on to me."
Keely Winstone - "For me, being selected for ANGLE's 'call for plays' means another crack of the whip for a woman whose career stalled due to becoming a mother. The fact that this new opportunity involves telling stories is an amazing dream-like bonus."
Effie Woods - "'Kicking Like A Ninja' is my first attempt at a full length play. I'm proud of it but it's still pretty embryonic. Being shortlisted by ANGLE, has given me some well-timed confidence in my writing. I'm working on my next play now."
Our shortlisted and winning writers will all benefit from a tailor made, one-day 'Masterclass in Playwriting' held at the National Theatre Studio.
ANGLE would like to thank all the writers who submitted their work to the 'call for plays' and wish you well in all your future playwriting.
We would also like to thank our brilliant script readers, Marcelo Dos Santos, Naia Johns, Sade Banks, and Elinor Cook, and our judging panellists:
Roy Williams (Playwright, The Royal Court, The National Theatre)
Paul Miller (Associate Director, Sheffield Crucible)
Tamara Harvey (Associate Director, The Bush)
Nancy Harris (Playwright in Residence at The Bush)
Alistair Smith (Editor of The Stage)
ANGLE at the Bush is made possible through funding from the Arts Council, Foyle Foundation, Wates Foundation and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, alongside generous support in kind from The Bush Theatre and Pentagram.