The first term of The ID Project – Medway-based playwright Sarah Hehir’s writing course for young women and girls – finished last week and was a total success. 17Percent founder, Sam, helped out with the project.
Here’s what Sarah had to say about the first term…
“I had this vision that I could run a playwriting project for teenage girls and young women that would inspire a new generation of female playwrights from our area. I know it sounds a bit grand but Ideas Test encourages you to think big and be ambitious! After our four workshops, I’d say that writers around the world better watch out, because here comes Medway!
Each week, a group of up to 12 girls arrived with books and pens ready to spend their Sunday afternoon writing together at Sun Pier House. This group, who didn’t know each other before the project, ended up devising, structuring and writing a new play: helping each other, working together and jumping at any opportunity to write a new scene or read out each other’s work. The style of their work varied from stark social realism to abstract dreamscapes and by the final week, scenes were pinging into my inbox faster than I could copy and paste them into the final script
‘It was great to meet new people and discuss ideas and have feedback on my own writing.’ Kimberly Richardson (16)
‘Bringing young women together to write is important because female playwrights are rare.’ Krystal Stevenson (16)
We were really lucky to be joined by Pat from Strood Youth Club (who turns out to be a bit of a writer herself) and Sam Fentiman-Hall from 17% (an organisation that supports female playwrights.) On the final week actor, Cassandra Bond, came in to work with them on the production of their play and perform sections from my new play Child Z (which can be seen at the Brook Studio Theatre, on June 17th.)”
The group are going to perform a reading of their short play called Missing at the open mic arts evening, Sun Pier House Thursday 5 March, at 7.30pm. Entry is £2 and there is a bar and hot drinks.