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Paines Plough and Open Clasp Theatre Company Present Come to Where I Am: Newcastle

Plays launched on Wednesday 27th May on YouTube
Three new writers, who have never put pen to paper in this way before, and one emerging writer commissioned by Open Clasp and Paines Plough, will write short plays about the place they are inhabiting right now, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The plays will be shared with you on YouTube on Wednesday 27th May, and performed at West End Women and Girl’s Centre at a later date when they can safely reopen.

“We wanted to give young women and new writers, including those that have never written before, an opportunity with this commission.  I left school at sixteen and hid my poetry about Margaret Thatcher because I had no confidence to share. It wasn’t until my early thirties, when I sat in a creative writing class and someone told me I could write that I found my voice.  I hope this feels the same for these women.”   Catrina McHugh MBE, Artistic Director and Writer for Open Clasp

Open Clasp are proud to support new and emerging female writers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in partnership with Paines Plough. We are excited for audiences to hear female voices from the city we all love as they share their stories about the place they call home.

Abigail Byron

Charlotte Campbell

Christina Berriman Dawson

Kay Greyson

All of the new plays will be made available online and, for certain groups who may find it more difficult or even impossible to access digital content, Paines Plough are offering a caller service – live readings of the plays over the phone, allowing people with little or no online access to experience these plays. We are working with some exciting TV celebs to provide this caller service including  David Bradley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lisa Hammond and Sally Dynevor – with more still to be announced.