Sherman Theatre in Cardiff has launched a new initiative designed to ensure that unheard voices in Welsh theatre become heard.
Each year Unheard Voices will champion a different group we would like to be heard more on our stages. In its first year Sherman Theatre’s Unheard Voices will connect, inspire and empower Welsh and Wales-based female writers through a year-long programme of masterclasses and networking opportunities.
Unheard Voices will enable participants to develop their skills, build their professional network and begin a long lasting relationship with Sherman Theatre. Twelve masterclasses will be delivered by key figures in theatre including: Suzanne Bell (New Writing Associate, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Emma Callander (CoArtistic Director, Theatre Uncut), Katherine Chandler (Playwright) Sharon Clark (Playwright, Dramaturg, Producer and Creative Director of Raucous), Jo Clifford (Playwright), Deirdre O’Halloran (Literary Manager, Bush Theatre), Charlotte Josephine (Actor and Writer), Lucy Morrison (Associate Director, Royal Court Theatre), Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Playwright), and Nina Steiger (Senior Dramaturg, National Theatre).
At the end of the year, participants will be invited to attend a de-brief session led by Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Murphy. Throughout the year participants will also be invited to Sherman Theatre production press nights and to other networking opportunities. Participants will be encouraged to see Sherman Theatre as their home and as somewhere where they would have space to develop work. Unheard Voices is part of the Sherman Theatre’s work to support artist development and to build a dynamic and resilient Welsh theatre sector.
Based in the heart of Cardiff, Sherman Theatre is a leading producing house with a particular focus on the development and production of new work. Sherman Theatre makes and curates theatre for audiences in Wales, across the UK and internationally and develops the work of Welsh and Wales-based artists. The Sherman generates opportunities for the people of Cardiff to connect with theatre through inspiring and visionary engagement.