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Emerging playwrights hone their skills with Critical Mass

Posted on 8 November 2018

Following its huge success in previous years, our Critical Mass new writing programme is back for 2018, with fourteen participants on board to develop their playwriting skills in a friendly and welcoming environment.

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Run in association with Euphoric Ink and Tamasha Theatre Company, Critical Mass is a free programme for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds. Previous participants have gone on to have their plays workshopped or performed as rehearsed readings, with one alumnus, Liz Mytton, having had her first full play, Red Snapper, performed on our B2 Stage. As well picking up a nomination for an Alfred Fagon Award for Red Snapper, Liz Mytton went on to work with the Belgrade Theatre Young Company on their warmly received production, Rise.

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Running in weekly sessions from September-December, Critical Mass 2018 is now in its sixth week, with this year’s particpants have been honing their writing skills and building confidence with the support of writer and dramaturg Ola Animashawun.

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Participant Santoshi Bobby Brown said: “It’s beyond… so beyond what I had imagined! My initial thoughts after being super happy at being given this opportunity, were, ‘Hey, hang on this is a course to help us write a play. How is this possible in just 2 hours a week for 10 weeks only?’

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“However my suspicions soon crumbled when in walked Mr Ola Animashawun. At the time I had no idea of his outstanding background, but he immediately had us all gripped and his style of teaching just flows. Two hours later – hey presto! We already felt much closer to writing a professional play. Ola gives us the courage to work from the heart and have faith in what we do whilst giving us the tools to do it. Plus, he makes us laugh a lot – I have never laughed so much in a class before!

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“I am also amazed by the giving and sharing nature of all the participants. It says a lot about how much importance we give each other and the respect we have for each other’s voices. Competition? What competition? No, here is a safe space to learn, be creative and believe. Thank you to the Belgrade Theatre and everyone involved in Critical Mass for giving me this chance and helping me to shape my creativity for the better.”

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