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Topic: 'Dissonant': Damien Molony appears in winning 'New Views' play by young writer at National Theatre

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Damien appeared in 'Dissonant' by Phoebe Duckmanton, a winner in National Theatre's New Views 2015, a playwriting platform for young people / schools, 9 and 10 July.

 

New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15−19-year-olds. Each year hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the business and write their own short plays, with one play chosen to be staged at the NT with a professional cast. 



Vera Chok (who played Bo in The Hard Problem) appeared in the other winning play Mind The Gap.

More info from her website:

Over the course of the academic year, NT Learning works with over 60 schools nationally – from Southampton all the way to Scotland. The programme starts in September when teachers visit NT for a weekend of professional development workshops to prepare them to be able to deliver an online writing course in their school. A team of 17 professional playwrights (including Dawn King, Matt Hartley, Sabrina Mahfouz, Deborah Bruce and Evan Placey) go into schools to deliver workshops in the autumn term and students and teachers visit the NT to see productions (or their local cinema to see NT Live productions if they are based outside of London). At the end of February, students submit the first draft of a 30 minute play and the writers then go into school again and give one-to-one feedback to each student. Final drafts of scripts are submitted by students in April – this year there were over 300 submissions. The scripts are read by the professional writers who create a longlist of about 80 , which is then read by a team of people from across the NT and whittled down to a shortlist of 9. The final 9 scripts go off to a panel (this year made up of Ben Power, Lyndsey Turner and April de Angelis) who select a winning play which is given a full performance with a professional cast in the Temporary Theatre in July. This year, for the first time, two plays jointly won the competition. The winning plays are Dissonant by 17-year-old Phoebe Duckmanton from Kesteven and Sleaford High School in Lincolnshire and Mind the Gap by 16-year-old Zeyana Yussuf from Eastbury Comprehensive School in London.



Huge congrats to the young playwrights and their schools!

 

With thanks to  Dangerously Persuasive on Tumblr for the casting info below.

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He kept that quiet ! But what a great thing to do

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What an incredible opportunity for such young playwrights!  Explains the NT sighting. He snuck this in all sneakily...evileye



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Really happy to see Damien involved in such a fantastic initiative.

The actors were not advertised, seems right, as the focus was on the young writers and the schools.

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Damien and Sam Crane on stage together though... would have been lovely to see!

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What a brilliant programme!  It must be fantastic for the young writers to see their work performed profressionally. 

 



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