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New Commissions, New Beginnings!

It’s September time: new beginnings are brewing, and hope is in the air. There’s no denying that this is a difficult time for our industry, but we have some good news to share with you! We are thrilled to announce our support of two brilliant Emerging Writers…

It is with huge pride that we announce our latest commission – ‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ by emerging playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor!

In January this year, Rod attended a rehearsed reading of Nana-Kofi’s play ‘My Voice Was Heart But It Was Ignored’ as part of Box of Tricks’ PlayBox Writers’ Scheme. Since then, Red Ladder has been working closely with Kofi to develop the piece further. 

It is our pleasure to announce that, despite the uncertainties of Covid-19, we have been able to move forward with plans to commission Nana-Kofi to produce his hard-hitting first play!

Nana-Kofi’s writing is influenced by his experiences growing up in Stockport with Ghanaian parents, alongside his background working in educational provisions. ‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ is a gripping and eye-opening two-hander that explores black identity in a highly racialised world. Tensions are played out in real time via a fraught confrontation between a black teacher and student, locked in a classroom together, after the student is violently apprehended by the police.

We are so excited to develop this work with Kofi, and can’t wait to share further news about the production with you soon. Watch this space!

We are also delighted to announce our support of emerging writer Bea Webster as part of a partnership with Sphinx Theatre Company.

Red Ladder is one of fifteen Partners working with Sphinx Theatre to launch the Sphinx Lab: a brand new writers’ development programme for female playwrights.

We have nominated Bea Webster to take part in the programme, which will support fifteen female playwrights to receive a £1000 seed commission and attend the Lab, which aims to equip female playwrights with the information, skills and dramaturgy necessary to support the advancement of their careers.

Bea is a familiar face to Red Ladder, having played Kattrin in our 2018 production of ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ – a role for which she was a Best Actress nominee in The Stage Debut Award 2019. Her previous writing includes ‘House of Ladies’ for On The Verge festival at the Citizens Theatre, and her published poem ‘Long Lost Lover’, which is written both in BSL and English. We are thrilled to be supporting Bea to further develop her craft!