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Incubator 2016

David Lane

David Lane

Rina Vergano

Rina Vergano

Stevie Thompson

Stevie Thompson

Bea Roberts

Bea Roberts

Leona Allen and Jessie Briton

Leona Allen and Jessie Briton

David Lane

David is a playwright and dramaturg who he has written over a dozen plays for young people, including with Half Moon Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Chichester Festival Theatre, British School of Beijing, Salisbury Playhouse, Cheltenham Everyman and the egg. Commissions for adult audiences include productions at Theatre 503, Theatre West and Tobacco Factory Theatres. As a dramaturg he has worked with award-winning devising companies and facilitated writer development programmes and workshops. He is a published author (Contemporary British Drama), has written articles exploring dramaturgy and new play development in the UK and is an Associate Teacher at Bristol University.

A radical contemporary, participatory and site-specific adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm for secondary-school teenagers, transplanting Orwell’s various metaphors for Stalinism, Trotskyism, communism, political revolution and rotten dictatorship into the present day. Challenging students themselves to be at the heart of the narrative, it will ask them to confront and consider the forces that shape their education, investigating how human beings organise themselves when there’s the opportunity to create a new structure for power.

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Rina Vergano

Rina Vergano is a playwright, theatre-maker, journalist and performer. She lived in Amsterdam for twenty years and has translated around 65 plays (mainly for younger audiences) from Dutch, Flemish and Italian. Her first play The Tower was developed at Polka Theatre and Tobacco Factory, her adaptation of Burn My Heart was toured in the UK by Trestle Theatre Unmasked, and her new play Horses! Horses! was shortlisted for Tobacco Factory's Script Space award 2015. She is dramaturg for Spitz & Co female clowning duo, and Fellswoop Theatre company. She co-founded and was artistic director/dramaturg of The Theatre Orchard in North Somerset, has run courses in European-style playwriting for younger audiences at The Arvon Foundation, and runs affordable writing retreats for writers of all genres. She is currently making and performing in a small-scale touring show Hags, Harpies & Harridans, together with Somerset storyteller Jane Flood.

My idea for Incubator – working title HaRoLd: an embroidery on history - is inspired by the Norman Conquest and takes the Bayeux Tapestry as its 'storyboard'. It's a mixture of historical fact and flights of fantasy fuelled by mysterious images in the tapestry, and casts Harold as a clown who becomes entangled in the threads of a story that has two sides to it: the French and the English. There is currently interest in the project from two French companies as potential producing partners.

Stevie Thompson 

Stevie Thompson is an actor, director, devisor, facilitator, puppeteer, and has performed nationally and internationally in traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces, particularly focusing on new writing, devised and physical-based theatre.

Companies she has worked for include; Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light, Wildworks, CTC, State Of Play, Kaos, Theatr Iolo, Platform 4, National Reisopera, Limbik, and the National Theatre. Directing projects have included The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat for The Rude Mechanical Theatre and a one-woman show for Theatr Button.

She has a passion for creating theatre for, and with, young people. As Flibbertigibbet Theatre, Stevie is embarking on a new adventure to collaborate with artists across artforms to devise new ways to tell stories.

HAH! adventures In Language and Sound will be going into development at Half Moon Theatre this year with children who have English as an additional language.

Flibbertigibbet’s Incubator project is an adaptation of Ballet Cat by Fiona Ross. Working with choreographer Wilkie Branson, composer Pete Judge and five performers from a variety of dance backgrounds, we will aim to create a joyous, exciting, and touching new piece of dance theatre about friendship and daring to be different, that will leave audiences wanting to join the crew and dance!

Bea Roberts

Bea Roberts is a west country writer with a gift for warm and irreverent storytelling. 2016 Finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Bea is also joint winner of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award and recipient of the J. B. Priestley Award given by the Royal Literary Fund to young writers of promise. 

Her most recent play, AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS, opened at Theatre503 in September 2015 before transferring to the Bristol Old Vic theatre. The production played to packed houses and received 4 star reviews from The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard and The Stage, amongst others, as well as earning Bea a nomination for Most Promising Playwright from the Off West End.Com awards. A 2016 national tour for the production is currently being planned. 

THE LITTLE MERMAID sees Bea reunited with critically acclaimed Pins and Needles Productions with whom she developed SCOOP in 2013 for the Lyric Hammersmith theatre's UK festival tour.  

Bea's other credits include INFINITY POOL; A MODERN RE-TELLING OF MADAME BOVARY (Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Bike Shed Theatre & Plymouth Theatre Royal) and NIGHTS WITH DOLLY HENDERSON (Box of Tricks at The Salisbury Playhouse, The Bike Shed Theatre & Bolton Octagon). In addition to writing plays, Bea has also written and performed sketches, storytelling pieces and stand-up comedy. 

As well as becoming a Leverhulme Arts Scholar with The Egg, Bea begins 2016 with a commission from the award winning Up In Arms theatre company and currently has work in development with Guilty Party and BBC Comedy. She is represented by Katie Williams at The Agency. 

 For more information please visit www.bearoberts.com  

Jesse Briton

Jesse is an actor, writer, director and teacher.

As founder and artistic director of Bear Trap Theatre, Jesse has written and directed: Fringe First winning BOUND (UK tour, Australian tour and Southwark Playhouse); ENDURING SONG (Southwark Playhouse); A PUPIL (Park Theatre) and A GREAT BRITISH COMPANY (The Vaults).

For The Jones Collective he co-wrote and directed the multi-award winning HIRAETH (Edinburgh Fringe, UK tour, British Council funded NZ tour and Soho Theatre), and is currently developing FRANK and ANY LAST WORDS?.

Commissioned work includes: THE MUDDY CHOIR for Theatre Centre; GROWTH for Southwark Playhouse; MOVERE for Curious Directive.

He is an Evening Standard and Writers Guild award nominee, and visiting director at E15.

Leona Allen

Leona is a theatre-maker, producer and actress.

Recent acting credits include: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Crucible Theatre); THE WALWORTH FARCE (Olympia Theatre, Dublin); GIRLS LIKE THAT (Unicorn Theatre); ENDURING SONG (Southwark Playhouse); DEAD GRASS (Arcola); SIXTEEN (Theatre 503); THE SITE (Roundhouse); ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE (Old Vic Tunnels) and CROSSING THE LINE (Hampstead Downstairs).

Leona is also co-founder of the theatre company Three Reasonable Women and produced their debut production CHLORINE.

 


 

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