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Emerging Writers' Week - Chickenshed

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NOW in its third year, Emerging Writers’ Week runs in the Chickenshed Studio Theatre from Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Emerging Writers’ Week provides a fascinating and exciting platform for new work that has been nurtured within the Chickenshed Writers’ Group.

Reflecting the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the creators, the week will showcase an array of work from both new writers and those with more experience who are developing new pieces.

The result is an eclectic and informal evening of short, simply staged plays that will be entertaining, thought-provoking, moving and fun, and which offers something for everyone.

Come On In My Kitchen has been written by Paul Harris, who completed a BTEC, Foundation and BA Hons Course studying at Chickenshed. He graduated as an extremely accomplished actor, taking the lead roles in two of the company’s most recent Studio Theatre productions.

The second play, Brasshouse, is a thought-provoking piece written by a present BA Hons Degree Student, Regan O’Reilly.

The third play, London Whales, is a multimedia performance written by Chickenshed’s Head of Children’s Theatre and Associate Director, Pete Dowse, who can be regularly seen on Friday and Saturday mornings delivering Tales from the Shed. He also co-runs the Chickenshed Writers Group along with fellow actor and tutor Jelena Budimir.

The final two plays, Diva Darling and No Time For Goodbye, are written by Chickenshed’s Outreach programme Manager, Linda Foley and two of its hugely valued box office staff, Wendy Sharer and Barbara Backhurst.

Emerging Writers’ Week is suitable for ages 16+.

Extra to performance: Writers’ Workshop on Saturday, Feburary 22. Free to ticket holders of Emerging Writer’s Week.

NB: If you are interested in writing plays then Chickenshed’s Writers Group will be holding an open writers’ workshop session ahead of the evening’s performance. All are welcome to this friendly and supportive session.

Tickets: £6 – available by telephone on 020 8292 2922, by e-mailing or visiting

Times: 7.30pm, 2pm matinee on Friday, February 21.

Also at Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Performance, a celebration of Chickenshed’s 40th Anniversary.