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Nuffield Southampton Theatres launches drive to uncover new writers

The NST City building situated in Southampton’s new cultural quarter. Photo: Thierry Bal The NST City building situated in Southampton’s new cultural quarter. Photo: Thierry Bal
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Nuffield Southampton Theatres is launching a writer’s group to develop local talent and create original work for its new studio space.

NST has teamed up with South West-based theatre company Up in Arms to deliver a programme of mentoring, masterclasses and script-in-hand readings to help local playwrights develop their ideas.

The process will culminate in a public showcase, with the aim of finding at least one writer to commission for a showcase in the NST’s new studio theatre.

NST has said it will benefit from Up in Arms’ experience of working with new writing, which will help the venue to incorporate more new writing into its future programming.

In return, the Southampton venue will support Up in Arms to increase in size and produce more mid-scale work.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres director Samuel Hodges said: “There is a real need to find and support the next generation of writers, on both a local and national scale.

“There is clearly a vibrant small-scale scene among theatremakers, devisers and writer-performers, but not the scale of opportunity for playwrights that there once was. We’re really excited to be announcing this writers’ group alongside Up in Arms, one of the most promising new-writing companies in the South West, as part of our drive to make our new studio theatre a home for new plays.”

The writers group will take place during the summer. Details of how to apply can be found on NST’s website.

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