Spearpoint New Plays Project 2012

The Spearpoint New Plays Project is the flagship initiative of our new writing programme. Over the past 3 years the Jersey Arts Trust has produced 8 short plays, developed 5 full-length pieces, showcased a full scale production, hosted 5 international playwrights and 2 Artistic Directors with new writing theatre company Paines Plough, taken part in a Nation-wide writing project ‘Come To Where I’m From’, held 3 open-access writing and acting workshops and 3 dramaturgical workshops with leading theatre industry professionals and invited 10 professional directors to our shores to produce the work of Jersey writers.

This has all been made possible through the generous support of Spearpoint and our partnerships with Paines Plough, Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey Opera House and Old Vic New Voices.

In 2012 the Jersey Arts Trust, saw a change in the structure in the New Plays Project project, by inviting local playwrights to submit full-length plays to be performed as rehearsed readings, with the intention of co-producing one in a full professional production. At the start of the year Claire Grove and actress Tracy Wiles held workshops for local writers and actors in April 2012. Five plays were selected for ongoing development. Hannah Patterson, Colin Scott, Leon Fleming, Jackie Mezec and Ben Evans all received dramaturgical advice from former National Theatre Literary Manager Jack Bradley before having their work performed through rehearsed readings at the Jersey Opera House Studio Theatre under the expert direction of Adam Barnard and Esther Richardson.

The Jersey Arts Trust is now supporting these writers in their ongoing development with the aim of having their work professionally produced and showcased elsewhere.

We are very keen to hear the work of other writers and encourage people to submit their plays for our consideration – if you’re writing get in touch!

Check out the New Plays Project page for more information on the earlier 2011 version of the New Plays Project as well as updates on future versions of the project.

The 2012 Spearpoint New Plays Project team:

Directors: Adam Barnard and Esther Richardson

Writers: Hannah Patterson, Colin Scott, Leon Fleming, Jaqueline Mezec and Ben Evans

Actors: Timothy Renouf, Alice Bravery, Anthea Hall, Craig Hamilton, Simon MacDonald, Natasha Viera, Niki Perchard and Henry Lambert