Present : Tense Sixteen

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10 April 2011 Southwark Playhouse

 

The toughest creative challenge in town is back

Some of the UK’s most exciting talent have just one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment.

Here's the story chosen to form the basis for Present : Tense Sixteen:

'A PERFECT BODY? WOMEN WOULD SWAP A YEAR OF LIFE'

 

The line-up:

Zoe Cooper - Writer

Zoe took the MPhil in Playwrighting at the University of Birmingham and was on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. She was shortlisted for the Rod Hall Memorial Award. She worked as literary officer at Hampstead Theatre and now works as a freelance dramaturg and playwright. She is currently under commission to Live Theatre in Newcastle for her new full length play. Other credits as a playwright include Silent Night for PLAYlist(theatre503), Learning How To Swim (reading for ATC/Root Theatre) and Lark Ascending (theatre503 and Live Theatre).

Marcelo Dos Santos - Writer

Marcelo studied at Bristol University. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer's Invitation Programme and is a member of the Soho Theatre Writers' Hub.

CREDITS INCLUDE: Cracking (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio); Lovers Walk (co-writer, Southwark Playhouse); Wrecked (Ignition Festival at Tristan Bates Theatre); Moshing Lying Down (Shunt/tour); True Love Waits (co-writer, Latitude/Theatre 503).

He has also had short plays produced at Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre and Theatre 503.

He is currently under commission to Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse to develop a site-responsive piece for the Liverpool Everyword Festival with his company, high hearted theatre, which he co-founded in 2009.

Natasha Nixon - Director

Natasha studied at Glasgow University. She has trained with The Young Vic and StoneCrab’s Theatre of which she is now an Associate Director.

Assistant Director credits include: The Third Wish (Old Vic 24 Hour Celebrity Plays), Les Parents Terribles (Donmar Warehouse Trafalgar Season), Cock (Royal Court), Vanya (Gate Theatre) and Pictures From an Exhibition (Young Vic/ Sadlers Wells).

Directing credits include: Ignition Festival (Tristan Bates), Lyric Lounge (Lyric Hammersmith), The Aim of the Game (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays) and staged readings at Soho Theatre, The Albany and The New Diorama.

She is currently working on a piece of new writing to be performed at the Pleasance Theatre in the Edinburgh Festival.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Writer

Phoebe is Co-Artistic Director of new writing theatre company DryWrite, currently resident at the Bush Theatre. This is the first time she is writing outside of the company. She has been accepted onto the Royal Court Young Writers Course and will be beginning in May