The Royal Court Theatre, Northern Stage and New Writing North proudly present public readings of nine new plays developed by Royal Court Writers’ Group: North.

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Man Hours
Written by Chris Salt

A play about boys, Burnley and betrayal.

Chris is a Manchester-based playwright, arts engagement practitioner (Edgeways Productions) and award-winning documentary film-maker. As a playwright he has been a runner-up for the Papatango New Writing Prize, commissioned by Northumberland Touring Company, selected for Bolton Octagon’s Top Five festival, had a rehearsed reading for 24:7 and written an ACE-funded documentary opera about invisible illness.

Cheer Up Slug
Written by Tamsin Daisy Rees

A play about sex, slugs and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Tamsin Daisy Rees is a playwright and illustrator from County Durham, currently based in Newcastle. She is an Associate Artist at Live Theatre. This is her first full-length play.

Paper Tiger
Written by Mhairi Ledgerwood

A play about love, language, and fear.

Mhairi has had work performed at The Traverse, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, and ARC Stockton. She currently has plays in development with The Six Twenty and Alphabetti Theatre.

Written by Olivia Hannah

A play about friendship, identity and hair.

Olivia Hannah is a Newcastle-based translator, short story writer and playwright. She has had work performed at Live Theatre in Newcastle and is one of their 2018/2019 Associate Artists.

Written by Zosia Wand

A play about a Polish headscarf, a teenage girl and a dead seagull.

Zosia Wand is a playwright, novelist and occasional poet. She has lived in the Cumbrian festival town of Ulverston for most of her adult life and her stories are rooted in the local landscape.

Island People
Written by Lindsay Rodden

A play about sleeping giants, uprising women, and a dance hall at the edge of the world.

Lindsay was born in Scotland, grew up in Donegal and Liverpool, and is currently based in another rainy edgeland, North Shields.  Recent writing includes The Story Giant (Liverpool Everyman, adapted from the book by Brian Patten); Cartographers (Theatre by the Lake); A Modest Proposal and Sunday Morning, Dandelion Seeds (women playwrights’ collective Agent 160); Man With Bicycle’73 and Writing in the Dark (The Miniaturists); and her new writer-in-residence play for Live Theatre, Newcastle.

Written by Karen Laws

A play about recrimination, loyalty and rape.

Karen Laws lives in Newcastle. Her first play, Dirty Nets, was performed at Live Theatre in 2004 and in 2009 she co-wrote a radio play called Beware the Kids. She has written for television, both comedy and continuing drama, including EastEnders, Casualty, Holby, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Hollyoaks, 32 Brinkburn Street, Waterloo Road, Stella and Shameless.

Dear Pig
Written by Laura Lindow

A play about bones, bedding and bruises.

Laura Lindow is a Scottish Playwright, Director & Clown Doctor proudly based in the North East of England. Recent credits include the award-winning Key Change (for Open Clasp), The War of the Worlds (for Northern Stage), and new musical Beyond the End of the Road (for November Club).

Harsh Noise Wall
Written by Jack Nicholls

A play about limbs, brains and every member of The Fall.

Jack Nicholls is the author of the poetry pamphlet Meat Songs (The Emma Press, 2017), and has been published in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), The Poetry Review, and other places too. He produces and hosts the experimental cabaret FLIM NITE and makes comedy with the sketch group Beach Hunks.

Performance schedule

Tue 4 Sep


Island People — Lindsay Rodden

Wed 5 Sep


Marikana — Karen Laws

Man Hours — Chris Salt

Thu 6 Sep 6.30pm

Cheer Up Slug  Tamsin Daisy Rees

Harsh Noise Wall  Jack Nicholls

Fri 7 Sep 6.30pm

Braids  Olivia Hannah

Bones  Zosia Wand

Sat 8 Sep 6.30pm

Paper Tiger — Mhairi Ledgerwood

Dear Pig — Laura Lindow

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