Fresh Tracks

A new writing award for talented young writers in the South East aged between 14 & 25

Writer Nessah Muthy PhotoCallum GrahamSita ThomasSam Shepherd 1.Alice van den BoschJasper Brownlow

FRESH TRACKS 2009 Award Winners (from left to right):

Nessah Muthy, Callum Graham, Sita Thomas, Sam Shepherd, Alice Van den Bosch & Jasper Brownlow

Six fifteen minute plays were showcased at and produced in association with Farnham Maltings following on from PBAB writing workshops and dramaturgical support.  Funded by Awards For All Lottery Funding and Waverley Borough Council

 Prize-giving ceremony hosted by Chris Taylor of New Writing South, PBAB’s Associate Playwright – Oladipo Agboluaje and Artistic Director, Helena Bell


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Cast – Michael Andrew, Peter Ashmore, Liz Landon, Sheena Patel

Directors – Helena Bell & Grant Watson

Film – Grant Watson

Company Stage Manager – Annette Waldie

Technical (light/sound)  – Steven Bell

Project Manager – Jane McGibbon (Farnham Maltings)

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Writing Workshops at:

The Electric Theatre, Guildford

Woking Youth Arts Centre

The Barn Theatre, Walton on Thames

Linton Youth Theatre, Epsom

The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill

Farnham 6th Form College

Staged Showcase at Farnham Maltings on August 27th 2009

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” The outcome was a really exciting variety of themes and genres. Buried by Alice van den Bosch was a hauntingly poetic chamber piece about a teenager who discovers a dead bird in her garden, bringing back memories of the death of her sister. Talking to Ed by Callum Graham owed more to television sitcoms – and was a warm, wryly affectionate look at a left wing family living next door to BNP supporters. Sapnay-Dream by Sita Thomas was a dance theatre ‘memory’ play about a passionate young British Asian woman who longs to escape the clutches of her dominant mother. Diluted by Jasper Brownlow was a film theatre piece which explored the mind and memory of a psycho-killer driving across America. Freya and Mr Mushroom by Nesssah Aisha Muthy was a Becket-like, atmospheric fairy tale which looked at the complexities of a relationship between a middle aged salesman and a child. Acheron by Sam Shepherd was a satirical comedy which cast God as an office boss in Purgatory, unable to complete Judgement Day due to his incompetent staff”  FUNDING REPORT

“There is a lot of talent in this group of young writers and the performances did them justice. It was a wonderful show. Well done to you. “ Oladipo Agboluaje – Playwright

“A lovely evening. I was so glad to have been there. It was beautifully staged and a high standard of writing. Makes you feel great seeing that level of work written by teenagers.” Chris Taylor – Director – New Writing South

The Workshops:

“I would just like to say thank you very much for the Fresh Tracks workshop today, it was really interesting and very encouraging. I thoroughly enjoy writing, so any opportunity for me to pursue writing, is great. I will definitely be submitting a piece soon, I just need to find the time to write it! Thank you again,” Simon

“I would like to say thank you, and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It was very interesting and it has made me consider play writing” Ellen

“The workshop was absolutely fantastic I learnt a lot from the afternoon and will put lots of your script writing ideas into practice. Hopefully I will put an entry in for the competition and am working on it. Thanks again” Nick

On being selected as an award winner:

“I can’t tell you how brilliant this feels…” Sam Shepherd – writer of ACHERON





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Rehearsal Photos – Helena Bell



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