James Graham to write crowdsourced play about life in London


Playwright James Graham is to pen a play made up of stories submitted by emerging writers, particularly those who are underrepresented in the industry.

Titled Sketching, the play takes inspiration from Charles Dickens’ Sketches by Boz, the writer’s first novel which told stories from all walked of life in Victorian London. Along with director Thomas Hescott, Graham is welcoming prospective writers to enter their stories, with £1,000 and attendance to a masterclass week with professional writers being awarded to successful applicants.

Sketching will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from 26th September to 28th October, with a deadline for submissions on 1st June. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Graham, whose play Quiz currently runs at the Noel Coward Theatre, said: “We’re all aware of the growing deficit of opportunities for emerging artists from working class, regional backgrounds. We know there are far too few writers finding stages who are women or people of colour, a mix of nationalities and faiths.

“We’re looking for a team of writers to contribute strands, to help us work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.”

Further details and casting information will be announced at a later date. Tickets for Sketching go on sale later today.

Sketching runs at Wilton’s Music Hall from 26th September to 28th October, with an official opening night on 2nd October.


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