• New Plays Project 2011

  • New Plays Project 2011

  • New Plays Project 2011

  • New Plays Project 2011

  • New Plays Project 2011

  • New Plays Project 2011

Spearpoint New Plays Project 2011

The New Plays Project was developed to give local writers a chance to write for the stage, and to have their original work showcased to an audience. The project begins as a platform for writers, but later develops into an opportunity for actors, a local production team and UK directors. During the year leading up to the New Plays Project outreach workshops and one-to-one sessions led by industry professionals are offered to local writers and actors to help improve skills and offer valuable guidance and insight into how local Artists can progress towards achieving with their creative aspirations.

The New Plays Project was first launched in 2010, supported by Old Vic New Voices and sponsored by Spearpoint Limited, with a call out to local writers to submit their short plays to the JAT, with the promise of four being selected to be produced. These were reduced to a shortlist of ten by a local panel and sent to guest UK judge, award-winning playwright Duncan MacMillan, who selected the final four plays before coming to Jersey in June to work with the four writers on their scripts. UK directors Alice Lacey, Alexander Summers, Adam Barnard and Sam Brown worked with casts of local actors on the four selected plays written by Ben Evans, Colin Scott, Hannah Patterson and Leon Fleming that were showcased at the Jersey Arts Centre in July 2010. Internationally recognised playwright Mike Bartlett (Earthquakes, King Charles III) and BBC Radio 4 director Claire Grove (whose credits include Walter Now with Sir Ian McKellen and Woman in Waiting for which she won a Golden Sony award) also ran outreach workshops to island writers and actors about how to develop new writing in April 2010.

Following the success of the launch year, in 2011 the Jersey Arts Trust continued with a second instalment of the New Plays Project, sponsored by Spearpoint, and run in association with the Jersey Arts Centre and Old Vic New Voices. The JAT received 35 entries from local writers and Claire Grove selected four short plays by local writers Martha Macdonald, Ben Evans, Hannah Patterson and Leon Fleming.

Professional UK directors Natalie Ibu, Rachel Grunswald, Kate Budgen and Andy Brunskill directed the plays using local actors, and these were showcased to an audience in July 2011 at the Jersey Arts Centre. Claire Grove, Mike Bartlett and James Grieve (Joint artistic director of Paines Plough) held outreach workshops for local writers and actors in March 2011.

The Jersey Arts Trust extends its thanks to the project sponsors, Spearpoint, whose support has enabled this exciting opportunity for Islanders.

‘We’re delighted to be in the position to run the project again this year and incredibly grateful to Spearpoint for making it possible. The work produced last year was superb and I think that those of us who were involved are still buzzing from the production week. It is a great opportunity for writers and actors of all ranges to develop their skills and seek the advice from some of the most promising playwrights and directors in the country.’ - Tom Dingle, Jersey Arts Trust Director.

Check out the New Plays Project page for more information on the 2012 version of the New Plays Project as well as updates on future versions of the project.

A New Breed by Ben Evans

Director – Kate Bugden

Boy: William Howell-Jackson

Man: Andrew Davey

Woman: Victoria Cotter

Husband: Colin Scott

Wife: Francoise Guerrier


Broken Record (Repeat to Fade) by Martha MacDonald

Director – Natalie Ibu

Jason: Sam Clarke

Samuel: Calvin Crawley

Cecilia: Rebecca Eve


Aid by Hannah Patterson

Director – Andy Brunskill

Paul: Ben Talbot

Laura: Jenny McCarthy

Reiss: Wayne Stewart


Dinner at Pharaoh’s Table by Leon Fleming

Director – Rachel Grunwald

Professor Michael Carrington: Simon MacDonald

Doctor Zina El-Masri: Rhona Richards

Abdullah: Craig Hamilton

Lieutenant Omar Mohammed Sorour: Robert-James Anderson