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MAKING TRACKS – and the bursaries go to………

Andy Barrett trusts to the tracks as he sweeps across Europe carrying twelve little objects that symbolise hope to Priština, Kosovo – the world’s newest country – where he will meet twelve playwrights and exchange his objects for their stories.  Andy has written plays for Nottingham Playhouse (Garage Band, League of Youth), New Perspectives (Dolly), for BBC Radio 4 (Robinson Crusoe) and his own company Hanby and Barrett.

Intrepid explorers The Gramophones embark on their most daring adventure yet, trusting to their resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers in End to End – an eighteen day, 874 mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats – to discover the real Britain. The Gramophones is an all-female ensemble of performer/devisers who came together in 2008. They have taken part in TWP’s Momentum Festival, Lakeside Arts Centre Children’s Festival and Hatch: Abroad.

Laura Lomas and Esther Richardson want to discover the people that are occupying Britain by throwing a light on social justice, questioning the theatre of protest and jumping feet first into squares covered with tents. Esther has recently directed SkybusA Pair of Pinters and Be My Baby for Derby Live and Laura Lomas wrote Wasteland (originally presented as part of Momentum) produced by New Perspectives, The Island produced by Nottingham Playhouse and the screen play Rough Skin which was screened on Channel Four.

Returning to the country of his birth for the first time since leaving nine years ago, Mufaro Makubika takes his final journey as a legal alien before becoming sundered from his Zimbabwean roots and exchanging his green passport for red. Mufaro has written for Paines Plough Theatre Company and recently wrote Apathy and Waiting for the Tide for Nottingham Playhouse. He has also taken part in the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and was part of Momentum 2010.

Michael Pinchbeck journeys to Paris and Sarajevo to explore the making of music and Torvill & Dean’s making of history to that music and reflects on the way in which the sporting glory of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo was soon covered in blood. Michael is a performer and writer. He wrote The Ashes for Nottingham Playhouse, has worked  with Reckless Sleepers and has recently performed in extensive tours of his shows The Post Show Party Show and The End.

Jane Upton goes to the Isle of Wight to reclaim her Nana – the Nana of knickerbocker glories, of song and dance, of beach huts and deck chairs – the Nana who was almost eclipsed in her long suffering from vascular dementia. Jane’s first play Bones was produced last year by Fifth Word Theatre Company in Derby and received acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. There are plans for a tour next winter.

Amanda Whittington is getting under the skin and beneath the glitz of the ballroom dancing scene by spending ten days at the Blackpool Dance Festival – “the world’s first and foremost festival of dancing” – looking to unearth the gritty truth. Amanda has had her work produced by numerous companies and theatres including Hull Truck, New Vic Theatre Stoke, Leicester Haymarket. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Live, the Dukes Theatre Lancaster and New Perspectives. She has had many plays produced by BBC Radio 4. 
Thank you to all who submitted a proposal. There were several we wanted to include very much but couldn’t spread the available funds too thinly. Good luck with all those projects which you kindly shared with us.
An early date for your diary is Friday 8 June which is when all the artists will have made their trips and will be taking part in a presentation to share their progress and to tell their tales from far distant and not-so-far distant places.

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