Titled Hear Me Roar, the new live event has been commissioned and created to mark the first anniversary of lockdown.

Taking place live on zoom on the 22nd March, this new live event offers writers a chance to say the unsaid by showcasing premiere performances alongside an interview with writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe & West End).

The event is set to feature seven new plays, written and performed by Chantelle Dusette (Where de Mangoes Grow, Bunker Theatre), Gail Egbeson (Jollof Court, VAULT Festival), Sophie Galustian (Comedy: SKETCH, Soho Theatre), Tiwa Lade (RUSH, The Space), Lauren-Nicole Mayes (Coronation Street, ITV), Anna Morris (Lee and Dean, Channel 4) and Pegeen Murphy (Dreams For Our Daughters, Royal Exchange Theatre). It will be hosted by Burn Bright co-founder Tori Allen-Martin.

Talking about Hear Me Roar, Tori Allen-Martin said: “So often women feel silenced, we look back at situations and wish we’d stuck up for ourselves. We’ve been conditioned to be polite, to be ‘sorry’, to doubt ourselves. With Hear Me Roar, we have created a safe space for women to say whatever it is
that burns inside of them right now. Sarah and I felt so supported when we went public about our experience and so many women shared similar experiences they’d had, it showed us that we weren’t alone. I’m so excited about our brilliant line up – there are so many women ready to roar
and we are ready to listen.”

Burn Bright are also set to continue with their Connect initiative, once again bringing together a series of online talks and networking opportunities. The first peer networking event in the new programme successfully kicked off February, hosted by playwright Dawn King (Foxfinder). The upcoming instalments will focus on dramaturgy and programming during the pandemic, respectively, with esteemed panelists including playwright Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story), and Artistic Directors, Tamara Harvey from Theatr Clwyd, and Traverse Theatre’s Gareth Nicholls. Aiding the personal and professional creative development for participants, the programme is a tool to connect likeminded individuals.

To find out more about Burn Bright visit: https://www.burnbright.org.uk/ . To book tickets for either Hear Me Roar or events in the Connect series visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/burn-bright-30265276244