NEW YEAR / NEW SCENES brings seven playwrights from across the North West to share the opening of their new work in development and ask you to help explore what might happen next.
Luke Barnes with THE HELLO SONG. Luke's work includes the critically acclaimed BOTTLENECK produced by HighTide, which is about to open at Soho Theatre and the award-winning CHAPEL STREET. Luke is currently Writer on Attachment to the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
Miriam Battye with COME HOME. Miriam was shortlisted for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and is currently developing a new play by Bristol Old Vic.
Sarah McDonald Hughes with ELECTRICITY. Sarah is the award-winning writer of ONCE IN A HOUSE ON FIRE and MAINE ROAD (Monkeywood Theatre Company), and THE NORTH, which was produced at the Royal Exchange Studio in 2012.
Joe Ward Munrow with DOGS. Joe's work includes HELD at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio and is currently Writer on Attachment to the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
Sarah Simmonds with UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA. Sarah was longlisted for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Kellie Smith with MOTHERHOOD. Kellie is an award-winning playwright who has worked with BBC Radio 4, Slung Low, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and tutti frutti productions.
Lee Sutton with THE BIG BURN THEORY. Lee recently wrote the Pop-Up Panto SNOW WHITE for the Old Vic Theatre, London.
Cast Includes: (pictured above - top row left to right, bottom row left to right)
Diane Beck (Vivien in COME HOME, Julia in MOTHERHOOD, Victoria in UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA) - Diane has performed at the Royal Exchange in the Word-In-Progress event THE BENGAL LILY (Autumn 2012) and in WHISTLEBLOWER by Dan Rebellato (2011).
Nisa Cole (Ronke in THE HELLO SONG) - Nisa's TV credits include Amy in WATERLOO ROAD and Grace in ALL THE SMALL THINGS.
Keicha Greenidge (Karla in THE HELLO SONG, Natasha in THE BIG BURN THEORY) - Keicha played the role of Mercedes in WATERLOO ROAD.
Reuben Johnson (T in DOGS, Edwin in COME HOME, Jimmy in ELECTRICITY, Jimmy in THE BIG BURN THEORY) - Reuben performed in the Royal Exchange Word-In-Progress event FLESH (Autumn 2012)
Mark Jordon (Gareth in UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA) - Mark's TV credits include DOCTORS, HOLLYOAKS, CASUALTY, HEARTBEAT and THE ROYAL.
Nathan McMullen (Lee in MOTHERHOOD) - Lee has recently appeared in the TV series MISFITS and SHAMELESS.
Kizzy Watson (Hannah in ELECTRICITY, Josephine in THE HELLO SONG) - Kizzy's TV credits include HOLLYOAKS.
WORD-IN-PROGRESS is a series of lunchtime readings, presenting two brand new plays making their first appearance in front of a live audience. This is your chance to be involved in the next stage of their development by telling us what you think.