Spearpoint New Plays Project 2010

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.