Momentum 2010: a showcase of new work by writers and theatre makers in the East Midlands came to Leicester for the first time.
Theatre Writing Partnership were thrilled to present the writers and theatre makers they worked with in 2010, showcasing the ideas they had been brewing. Momentum was a chance to share this work in progress and to gauge audiences responses. There was a rich mixture of material. Audiences travelled from Somalia to India via Leicester high rises, the London underground and a top secret underground hideaway. Embarking on something new is always an unpredictable and sometimes bumpy ride but without passionate new work, theatre cannot excite and challenge its audiences.
Momentum 2010 showcased exciting, challenging and compelling new theatre by writers of different ages and experience. The mix included experienced screen writers and poets writing for the stage for the first time, young writers flexing their creative muscles and an up and coming theatre company presenting an extract from their new show.
We also had some well known names like Amanda Whittington giving their latest work an airing and we had some productions from Nottingham Playhouse and Eastern Angles Theatre Company. We really enjoyed Fakebook by Michelle Vacciana and Palm Wine and Stout by Segun Lee French. We were also really excited to welcome Talawa Theatre Company to the Midlands with their acclaimed showcase Unzipped.
The programme, for posterity:
Tuesday 26 October 2010, 7pm – Fakebook by Michelle Vacciana
Wednesday 27 October 2010, 7pm – Palm Wine and Stout by Segun Lee French
Thursday 28 October 2010, 7pm – Unzipped featuring work by Talawa’s Writers’ Group
Friday 29 October 2010, 2pm – Extract I featuring work by The Gramophones, Sundeep Singh Maan, Mufaro Makubika and Alice Nicholas
Friday 29 October 2010, 7pm – Extract II featuring work by Catharine Ashdown, Cathy Grindrod, Phil Nodding and Marilyn Ricci
Saturday 30 October 2010, 2pm – Extract III featuring work by Subika Anwar, Serina Mehmi and Louise Singleton
Saturday 30 October 2010, 7pm – Extract IV including Consent by Amanda Whittington and work by Benjamin Norris