The newly announced season will offer new educational incentives.

Rob Watt’s first season as as interim Artistic Director of Theatre Centre will launch with a digital writing course led by exceptional professional writers to champion the next generation of voices. This will take place alongside two new collaborations: 19 new commissions as part of ImagiNation, a digital anthology with Theatre503 to be presented by the nation; and a tour of a powerful new writing piece from award-winning Charlotte Josephine, in association with Soho Theatre.

In response to the ongoing uncertainty, this new season’s online writing course aims to empower and educate during lockdown, inspiring young people to keep creating. It will be led by writers including Frazer Flintham,
Keith Jarett (UK Poetry Slam champion), Charlotte Josephine, Nessah Muthy (Writer’s Guild nominated), Chinonyerem Odimba, and Leo J. Skilbeck (Fringe First winner) – alongside Rob Watt, an Associate at Headlong Theatre, who previously led the young people’s team at the
National Theatre.

Talking about the news Rob Watt said: “These are exceptional times. Theatre Centre remains wide open, making work and listening in as many ways we can. It is essential that we support teachers, and students,
whether in school or studying at home, and communities. That is why we have created an online writing course led by brilliant writers. Now, more than ever, we want to give people the opportunity to develop the skills to creatively reflect on this extraordinary time, preparing them to be back in a physical rather than virtual world and to archive this remarkable time.”

In order to keep creating work, Theatre Centre is collaborating on ImgaiNation, a digital anthology, with Theatre503, the country’s leading venue for debut and emerging writers. The project will see 19 outstanding writers, including Theatre Centre Patron Roy Williams, create short stories for the nation to tell. These plays will be released for individuals, families, flatmates, school children, care homes and youth theatres to read, record and submit.Theatre Centre and Theatre503 will then use their pick of these recordings to create a snapshot of the nation.

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