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James Graham to work with emerging writers on new Dickens-inspired play

James Graham. Photo: Pamela Raith James Graham. Photo: Pamela Raith
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James Graham is searching for new and undiscovered playwrights to work on a play inspired by Charles Dickens’ writing.

Working with director Thomas Hescott, Graham will create Sketching, which will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from September 26 to October 28.

It is inspired by Dickens’ Sketches by Boz, which chronicled Victorian life in London.

Graham and Hescott want to hear from writers who have “exciting and innovative story and character ideas”.

Graham said: “We’re all aware of the growing deficit of opportunities for emerging artists from working class, regional backgrounds. We know there are far too few writers finding stages who are women or people of colour, a mix of nationalities and faiths. We’re looking for a team of writers to contribute strands, to help us work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.”

Hescott said playwrights did not need to have read any Dickens.

“What you may know, though, is that he wrote big stories. Life and death. Heroes and villains. High stakes, wants and needs. Who are the modern day pickpockets, money-lenders, street-sellers and Christmas Ghosts? You don’t have to know the entire plot yet. We just want an exciting ‘proposition’,” he added.

The deadline for submissions is June 1. More information an be found here