Writing for the Stage with Somalia Seaton and Matilda Ibini.
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE
The Ditch, Garden Studio.
Do you write a diary? Poems? Stories? What about a scene? If you have ever dreamt of being a playwright, come along and two leading Black British playwrights will give you some tools to generating story and structure.
Somalia is a British Jamaican and Nigerian writer and theatre maker, born and raised in South-East London. She trained at East 15 Acting School. She is Founder and Artistic Director of No Ball Games Allowed, a company creating work with young people at its core. She regularly curates projects for a number of leading theatre and arts institutions. Her debut play CROWNING GLORY was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award. Her play FALL OF THE KINGDOM, RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER awarded her a Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist Prize, and Alfred Fagon Longlist. Her work has been produced by The RSC, The Bush, Clean Break and Stratford East to name but a few. Somalia is currently developing a number of projects for stage and screen.
Matilda Ibini is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from London. She was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting at City University and gained a Distinction. Her debut play ‘Muscovado’ about slavery and the sugar trade was produced by BurntOut Theatre, premiered in October 2014 and toured the UK in 2015 starting with a run at Theatre503. Muscovado subsequently co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015. She has had her work staged at the Old Vic Theatre, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, National Theatre Shed, St James Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Birmingham Rep, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Hackney Showroom and Vaults Festival. She is currently under commission at the Bush Theatre, has two projects in development with BBC Films and was awarded an Unlimited Research and Development award for her upcoming theatre project 'A.I.D.A.N'.