Audible and Nationwide Theatre launch new podcast, New Voices

Nationwide Theatre and Audible have launched a brand new podcast, New Voices, that includes ten performs from shortlisted and successful New Views playwrights. The New Voices collection goals to rejoice and platform the following technology of writing expertise from throughout the UK.

If We Were Older by Alice Sparrow - New Views 2018 Winner 01 (c) Rachel Lincoln.
If We Have been Older by Alice Sparrow – New Views 2018 Winner 01 (c) Rachel Lincoln.

The performs, initially written by younger individuals for the Nationwide Theatre’s New Views programme, have been tailored specifically for audio as a part of the Audible Unique podcast, New Voices. Audible and the NT have labored with these new writers to help them by means of the variation course of and provides them first-hand expertise of the commissioning, audio growth and audio recording course of.

Audible is the Official Audio Associate for the New Views playwrighting competitors, supporting the following technology of writing expertise throughout the UK and elevating younger voices.

The ten New Voices performs provide a teenager’s perspective on a variety of vital points, with the writers inspired to talk to their pursuits, passions and experiences. Among the matters explored on this assortment of performs embrace alcoholism, neurodivergence, identification, immigration, and grief.

The collection options six brand-new performs, in addition to 4 performs beforehand launched as a part of NT and Audible’s earlier podcast collaboration.

The brand new performs now out there on the New Voices podcast are:

  • If Not Now, When by Isabel Hague from CAPA Faculty, Wakefield, 2019 successful play
  • Teapot Troubles by Loresa Leka from Richmond upon Thames Faculty, Twickenham, 2022 shortlisted play
  • Perspective by Mackenzie Wellfare from HSDC Alton, Hampshire, 2021 successful play
  • £39 by Rachel Lane from The Becket Faculty, Nottingham, 2018 shortlisted play
  • Blue by Rae Webb from Forest Faculty, Walthamstow, 2022 shortlisted play
  • Ashes to Ashes by Sol Oberman, from Camden Faculty for Ladies, Camden, 2018 shortlisted play

The 4 performs beforehand launched and included within the collection are:

  • If We Have been Older by Alice Sparrow from CAPA Faculty, Wakefield, 2018 successful play
  • Childhood Struggle and Love by Ellie Jayne Sharman from Ricard’s Lodge Excessive Faculty, Wimbledon, 2021 shortlisted play
  • Color Contained in the Strains by Jamila Salim from The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Ladies’ Faculty, Elstree, 2021 shortlisted play
  • Bus Stops by Mia Galanti from Girl Margaret Faculty, Parsons Inexperienced, 2021 shortlisted play

Sol Aberman, 2018 New Views shortlisted playwright (age 22) mentioned “It has been joyous and surreal to take this play from stage to audio. I used to be a bit overwhelmed after I confirmed as much as the studio and was greeted with the heat, care, and generosity everybody had delivered to the play. There are such a lot of proficient individuals who have put all of it collectively, all working on the highest degree, who’ve been so supportive at each step, and who make me really feel giddy to name myself a playwright.”

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Studying and Nationwide Partnerships on the Nationwide Theatre mentioned, “Seeing our proficient New Views writers increase their expertise additional by creating their performs into audio dramas is fantastic. We’re delighted to collaborate with Audible to help our Information Views programme and create the New Voices podcast to permit these younger individuals to share their voices with an excellent wider viewers and have the chance to discover completely different profession pathways.

Tracey Markham, Head of UK and Canada at Audible mentioned, “At Audible we’re proud to champion New Voices and put money into the following technology of writing expertise. Every New Voices playwright has an interesting and distinctive perspective, and we’re honoured to work with the Nationwide Theatre to supply the these performs to rejoice the New Views programme’s tenth anniversary. The podcast supplies an excellent perception into the lives of younger individuals at present and we hope the audio collection encourages extra rising playwrights to share their work and look to audio as an thrilling alternative within the dramatic arts.

Now in its tenth 12 months, New Views is the Nationwide Theatre’s annual nationwide playwriting programme and competitors for 14–19-year-olds. Every faculty is paired with an expert playwright who helps college students to put in writing their very own 30-minute performs and the prospect for his or her script to be entered into the competitors to be introduced on the Nationwide Theatre. It offers the younger writers the chance to know the facility of storytelling and current completely different views to a wider viewers.

Purposes for colleges to participate in New Views 2023-24 are open now till Thursday 21 August. To search out out extra and to enroll go to the NT Web site.

In regards to the performs

If Not Now, When by Isabel Hague

Debra informed her son Liam she was unwell, however didn’t inform her daughter, Chelsey.  When she dies, the rift virtually destroys them. A quick paced, poetic story of affection and redemption.

Teapot Troubles by Loresa Leka from

A packed refugee practice.  A romance on the run.  Two Muslim women disguise in a Christian church.  A midnight cellphone name.  A stupendous patchwork of testimony from the Albanian civil warfare.  

Perspective by Mackenzie Wellfare

Leo has a troubling encounter at college and his world explodes.  A fantastical exploration of the expertise of residing with autism.

£39 by Rachel Lane

Compelled by a housing coverage to relocate miles from her help system, Jessica agrees to report her life and all its challenges for a grim actuality documentary.  Seven-year-old Kacie would like a fairytale.   

Blue by Rae Webb

A lucky, educated, snug, suburban household are thrown into disaster when their daughter Hazel chooses a non-binary identification.  A witty and persuasive story of marginalism within the mainstream.   

Ashes to Ashes ;by Sol Oberman

When Isaac locks himself away after the loss of life of his boyfriend, his pals Kat and Simon sit outdoors his locked door daily consuming tea.  On the one hundredth day, they start to query their decisions.

If We Have been Older by Alice Sparrow

An outdated girl appears on as two younger girls maintain palms on the Northern Line.  When Daisy challenges Maggie for judging her, a world of reminiscence opens up for them each. Being a lesbian was not possible again within the 60s, wasn’t it? And it’s a lot simpler now, isn’t it?

Childhood Struggle and Love by Ellie Jayne Sharman

Set towards the backdrop of the Trojan Struggle, Patroclus meets and befriends the godlike Achilles, and finds him remarkably human.  An ageless story of honour and responsibility and love.     

Color Contained in the Strains by Jamila Salim

Khalil and Bo are finest pals endlessly. They do every thing collectively, and plan to attend the identical artwork faculty.  When their work is examined, although, so is their friendship. A contemporary fable about rising up and questioning your values.

Bus Stops

Jack by no means launched his finest pal Harry and his girlfriend Carter. So, when he dies out of the blue, after an assault at a bus cease, he leaves them each alone of their grief. Hating and resenting one another doesn’t assist.