It’s been all change at TWP over the spring of 2009, with the recruitment of a new director and the start of a new business planning cycle. We’re delighted to be benefitting from the energy and vision of Kate Chapman as our new director. Even though we’re knee deep in conversations, diagrams, blueprints and documents, and at times it feels like we might explode from absorbing all kinds of information and ideas, we’ve still got a few projects on the go.
Our Writers’ Lab project is moving on apace. Julius Ayodeji, Leah Chillery, Segun Lee French, Tyrone Huggins, and Richard Rai O’Neill are each developing an idea for work that could tour the rural circuit. We’re really excited to be exploring these ideas alongside Ivan Cutting from Eastern Angles Theatre Company and Daniel Buckroyd from New Perspectives Theatre Company. We’ll be reading excerts of these plays in front of an audience of producers on 23rd July 2009, but we’re thrilled to be in discussion with other partners about giving this work a public platform in the Autumn.
We’re in the midst of negotiations with Derby LIVE, Nottingham Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton about our fifth Momentum platform. We’ll be announcing our exciting programme very soon, but as a sneak preview, we’re making a departure from our beloved Lakeside Arts Centre in order to explore other places in the region and spread the Momentum fever.
Another exciting strand of work is the redevelopment of our website and branding. We’re aiming to establish a more interactive experience, with the many writers we are in touch with, through our website. Watch this space for further news.
Finally, we’re putting a lot of energy into reviewing our support and development packages, in order to make sure we’re having the most beneficial impact on writers and writing in the region. We’re hoping to launch our new programme with a bang at this year’s Momentum festival, and we hope to see you there to tell you all about it.