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Be an Angel - join a radical new scheme to 'buy time' for struggling new playwrights to write!

Paul Anthony Morris was the first playwright chosen for the scheme in 2008 and, with your help, completed his new play IDENTITY about the fall-out in the UK from the Grenada Revolution. Pericles Snowdon became the second playwright to win the award in 2009 and completed an extraordinary piece on Romany gypsies, THEY WHO LAY IN THE FIELDS LIKE BEASTS. Kenneth Emson followed in 2010 writing WHITE, a brutally honest story about his home town in Thurrock that was shortlisted to the final ten for The Bruntwood Prize. Sarah Grochala was our fourth winner in 2011 writing SMOLENSK inspired by the events unfolding after the Polish plane crash on 10 April 2010. Clara Brennan completed her year as the fifth winner with her smouldering new play THE VENDOR. Satinder Chohan wrote a shocking new piece on fertility clinics, MOTHER INDIA, in the sixth year. Steven Hevey then flexed his muscles writing two dramatically different plays in 2014 - APOPHIS and KING FOR A DAY – and Rose Ruane was our eighth winner in 2015 completing CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE POLTERGEIST, a play about the power of memory and the pain of anonymity.

This year we are delighted to introduce Adam Hughes from Leeds. With his strong Yorkshire upbringing and Ukrainian heritage, Adam writes stories that he believes have never been heard before. He is a passionate advocate for bringing theatre to previously disengaged audiences. With his theatre project True Colours, he toured mosques and community centres across the UK as a way of using theatre to tackle Islamaphobia. Similarly, following the London run of Marching On Together, he took the play to working men's clubs and schools across Yorkshire to reach a non-traditional audience.

Alongside being a member of the Soho Young Writers Group and the Arcola Writers Group, he has been invited onto playwriting schemes at Sheffield Theatres and Stratford East Theatre Royal, where he was mentored by Rikki Beadle-Blair. Last year he had his Off-West End debut with the critically-acclaimed Marching On Together and in 2014, he won the Kenneth Branagh Drama Award for New Writing. He has had pieces performed at The Southwark Playhouse, St James Theatre, Theatre503 and Wakefield Theatre Royal.

Adam comments: "As someone who was brought up in a world far away from theatre and never feeling like they 'belong' in this world, gaining support and guidance has been particular tricky. Therefore to be given both the financial backing and mentorship to write a play which deals with themes and issues that I feel are forever growing in prominence and need addressing is a dream situation".

We are gathering a family of Angels together to support Adam in his ambition to write a bold new play about falling from grace in the modern world and the repercussions that reverberate long after the story is out of the black and white headlines.. please join us!

(equivalent to £20 a week)
  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Adam reporting on the adventures and misadventures of the writing process giving a rare peep through the keyhole at a writer's life
  • will be invited to 3 events a year to meet Adam during a workshop or for a chatty drink
  • will be invited to a performed reading of the final draft where feedback is more than welcome
  • will be invited to a preview night if the play is staged
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.

(equivalent to £10 a week)
  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Adam
  • will be invited to 1 event during the year to meet Adam and catch up
  • will be invited to a performed reading of the final draft where feedback is more than welcome
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.
  • will receive monthly email bulletins from Adam
  • will be invited to the opening night and party if the play is staged
  • will be credited in the programme for the first and all future productions of the play.

At the end of the process all Adam's supporters will have a finished play and will be the 'parents' of that play.

To become an Angel, please contact Sofie Mason on or call 07957 344667 to talk it through - thank you!

Previous Winners

Paul Morris - Winner 2008

The story so far... Since his year of adoption, Paul directed a reading of his new play Gifted at the Bush Theatre and has completed the research and development for a trilogy of plays that he has been working on over the past two years. The development culminated in funding from the Arts Council to accept an invitation from the Arcola Theatre to take up residency in their Theatre Lab program. Since the conclusion of the project, Paul has been approached by a number of companies to submit the script and a proposal for possible production. The following link will give you a taster of what Paul has been up to over the past few months.

Pericles Snowdon - Winner 2009

The story so far... The story so far... Since the OWE Angels gave him the opportunity to write & stage They Who Lay In The Fields Like Beasts, his Romani play set during the fall of the Soviet Union, Pericles has written a 5-star show on memory palaces for FoxedUp Theatre Co and had several shorts produced for The Miniaturists and Encounter Productions. This past year has seen Pericles' West Coast US debut as a playwright & his Far East debut as an actor. He has continued his work with the international arts publication Auditorium, recently being made Deputy Editor, and his short stories for the magazine, The Collected Diaries of a Theatre, have been compiled into an illustrated book. His short play Let Me Count The Ways is being produced this autumn by SALT Theatre, with a view to collaboration on a full-length production next year. Another of his plays, Forgive a Stone For Being Cold, is currently being developed into an immersive piece. He spent the spring in Singapore as Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, playing to houses of 2000 people in a respectable 32¡ heat, and thus is thoroughly glad to be back at his laptop in reassuringly wet English weather.

Kenny Emson - Winner 2010

The story so far... Since receiving the support of Off West End and the incredible Angels, I have taken part in The BBC Writers Academy (writing two episodes of EastEnders and one of Doctors) and had two short dramas air on BBC Radio 3 and one full length on Radio 4.

I have been one of the Escalator Playwrights, completing a year's attachment to High Tide; completed a commission to Supporting Wall Theatre adapting the Marquis De Sade's novel Ernestine for a modern audience and last year I adapted Quadrophenia for the Mercury Theatre. My play Parkway Dreams (a musical about town planning!) toured the Eastern Region and my play England Street was produced at the Oxford Playhouse. I am currently under commission to BBC Wales, writing the pilot of a new Police Drama Series for BBC 1 called 'Ugly Bus', and my co-authored digital project #Laura Kitchen has just been greenlit to start filming in November. I have also had my hair cut off.

Sarah Grochala - Winner 2011

The story so far... Sarah has recently received Arts Council England funding to further develop the play that she wrote during her adoption, Smolensk.

She is currently working on the play with the support of Snapdragon productions, who hope to produce it in the near future. She has also been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, where she has been developing a play about the issue of stalking. She has written numerous short plays, including two monologues for Agent 160 (of which she is a founder member).

She is currently working part time with Headlong as an associate artist, where she leads their programme of digital work. Projects for Headlong have included the 1984 Digital Double app and The Nether Realm, a virtual world that responds to activity on twitter. She also works as Lecturer in Writing for Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she leads the theatre writing strand of the MA/MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. She is currently writing a book about the use of non-linear story structures in contemporary British playwriting, which is is due to be published in 2016.

Clara Brennan - Winner 2012

The story so far... since completing her adoption Clara has been commissioned for a TV pilot script of 'The Berserkers' with Channel 4 and is developing the series, alongside a lo-fi sci-fi series, with Fifty Fathoms/ Tiger Aspect. Her play 'Hi Vis' has been translated into Spanish and opens in Madrid in October 2013. Her one-woman play 'Spine' is due for production in 2014. Her third Theatre Uncut play, 'The Wing', previewed at The Traverse this August and is at the Young Vic in November. She is about to start work on a co-authored feature film with Elevator Productions and is currently writing a new play commission for The Drum/Theatre Royal Plymouth. The play she wrote for us - 'The Vendor' - was shortlisted for the Papatango Prize.

Satinder Chohan - Winner 2013

The story so far... Satinder's year as Adopted Playwright, supported by a host of divinely sent Angels, ended in April 2014. She is continuing to develop her Adopted play 'Mother India' about East-West surrogacy, talking to interested parties, hoping for a production in the near future. Recently, she received a Grant for the Arts Award to begin Ô1984', a coming of age play set against the backdrop of the Miners' Strike and the struggle for an independent Sikh homeland in India. With workshops at her old comprehensive and a small community reading in her hometown of Southall, Ô1984' will also receive an early outing as part of the Vibrant Festival at Finborough Theatre in November 2014. Another locally inspired piece ÔRed, White and Blue' about the murder of Samaira Nazir, will feature in a collaborative project about honour killings with Kali Theatre, aiming to tour in Spring 2015. Satinder is also working as a researcher for a fascinating new feature film set in the 1920s/1930s chess world. In any spare time, she is finally kick-starting a long-held writing ambition - a collection of short stories about Punjabi culture.

Steven Hevey - Winner 2014

The story so far... Steven has only just started his year without us and is looking forward to a reading of his earlier play SIRIU by Old Vic New Voices in July and a full production of WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE at The Finborough in August. More news soon!

Rose Ruane - Winner 2015

The story so far... Rose Ruane is a visual artist and writer based in Glasgow. Her work deals with memory and identity. After completing Confessions Of a Teenage Poltergeist during her award year she is working on her first novel and creating spoken word content for the BBC which deals with depression and recovery.


And from our Foster Children...

Ishy Din

The story so far... "After an incredible start to 2012 - going into rehearsals with "Snookered" and then following it around the country whilst on tour - I have now taken up my Pearson Residency at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Alongside developing my craft as a writer, I will be developing a script with the hope of being commissioned at the end of the year. I have also been involved in a short piece for Eclipse theatre inspired by "A Rage in Harlem" which should be airing soon on The Space website and one of the satellite channels. And I've also written a short film that is in search of funding!

I'm about to start writing the second in my trilogy of plays for Tamasha, ("Snookered" being the first) - the play is set in a mini-cab office and is called "Approaching Empty" folowing the lives of a group of middle aged mostly Asian cab drivers. My hope is to give an insight into a different generation of men from those in "Snookered".

I'm also meeting with a number of Film and TV production companies to start the ball rolling towards fulfilling some more of my very long list of ambitions!"

Jane Wainwright

The story so far... Jane lives in London but there's no denying her Derbyshire roots when you read her plays. She was a member of the Royal Court's Young Writers Group, Invitation Group for Playwrights and then their Supergroup of 12 specially selected writers. In 2012, her first play Barrow Hill premiered at the Finborough Theatre (thanks to the generosity of Sofie, Diana and Carol) and is published by Oberon books. Her other plays include Photos Of You Sleeping, (originally performed as an extract at Hampstead Theatre, it went on to have a rehearsed reading as a prizewinner in the 2012 PapaTango Playwrighting Competition); In World (shortlisted for the Writersroom 10 scheme and performed as part of Vibrant 2011 at the Finborough Theatre) and One Night in Zanzibar (shortlisted for the BBC Heartlands new writing search). In 2013, her short play The Taste of Us Or Pinocchio Gets Laid won an IdeasTap brief and was subsequently performed at the Invertigo Take Over at the HighTide Festival and Pleasance Theatre, London. Jane has worked with Hampstead Theatre and Theatre Centre as a Skylines writer, for which her play Life Mould was chosen as one of three pieces to be showcased. She has recently written A Guide to Removing Corpse Stains (commissioned by Company of Angels at York Theatre, Royal) wrote a twenty hander called Concrete Supernova for the Bush Theatre in association with White City Youth Theatre and was one of the five ÔSchoolwrights' writers, a scheme run in association with Tamasha, where she wrote How I Skinned My Sister and Leftovers which were performed at Rich Mix Theatre and Soho Theatre. She is currently working with the BBC on her first radio play and stumbling through a rather rude screenplay.

Phil Davies

The story so far... Phil's debut full-length play FIREBIRD enjoyed a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015, directed by Edward Hall. The play has subsequently been streamed across the globe in association with Time Out and the Children's Society.

Phil trained at the Royal Court Young Writers Programme where he developed his first script ADJUSTED which won the Rod Hall Memorial Award and gained him an attachment with Paines Plough. Other work includes short play HOW TO NOT MURDER (Arcola Theatre, dir. Ned Bennett), UP THE DALE (Royal Exchange Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Hall for Paines Plough), ADJUSTED (Interplay Europe, Utrecht) and THE MAKINGS (ATG, dir. Sarah Dickinson). Earlier this year, Phil was commissioned by LAMDA to write a short film for their 2015 graduates programme – consequently FACE was screened at the Curzon Soho Cinema.

Most recently Phil has been working alongside Synergy Theatre Project developing scripts with inmates at Feltham Young Offenders Institution, as well as teaching in a secondary school in South East London.

Playwright Fin Kennedy's speech at the launch of the Adopt A Playwright Award

Guidelines for selection of candidates


With huge thanks to our growing family of Angels -

Sofie Mason
Nicholas Payne


Bill & Nini Aldridge
John Bakewell
Primrose Bell
John Bird
Lanier Brannen
Clive Brill
David Chiltern
Terence Chisholm
Bernice Chitnis
Ann Clifford
Kay Ellen Consolver
Debbie Cowley
Chris Crowcroft
Victoria Dickie
Cas Donald
David Donegan
Zuleika Dobson
Vineeta Dufficy
Bernadette Earley
Sascha Evans
Emily Fletcher
Joachim Fleury
John & Bea Flynn
Francesca Franchi
Laura Gallo
Pooja Ghai
Jessica Hepburn
Tracy Hilliard
Alison Hindell
Frankie & Theo Holloway
Diana Jervis - Read
Margaret Levin
Janine Limberg
Richard & Kath Lynam
Mary Martin
Anne Mayer
Seth Melhado
Linda Plant
Seven Prevezer
Emma Reeves
Sebastian Rex
Mirium Ryley
Wendy Salisbury
John Sandy
Jon Satow
Jenny Sheridan
Carol & Peter Slavid
Geraldine Sharpe Newton
Tori Stroud
Pauline Tambling
Paul Wade
Camilla Whitworth Jones
Jo Wright

Advisory Panel 2008/2014:

Clive Brill
Declan Feenan
Joachim Fleury
Blayne George
James Haddrell
Alison Hindell
Holly Kendrick
Fin Kennedy
David Lan
Walter Meierjohann
Kerry Michael
Paul Morris
Pericles Snowdon
Julia Tyrrel

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