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Royal Court Writers’ Group North

The Royal Court Theatre, Northern Stage and New Writing North proudly present public readings of nine new plays developed by Royal Court Writers’ Group: North.

Royal Court Writers Group: North was a collaboration between New Writing North, The Royal Court Theatre and Northern Stage, who came together to create a new writers’ group for theatre writers.

Royal Court Writers’ Group: North was open to playwrights based in the North of England, who applied through an open submission process. We were looking for writers who felt they would benefit from being pushed in their craft and the ambition of their writing for the stage. Over three months in 2018, the nine writers undertook sessions with leading UK playwrights Stacey Gregg, Emteaz Hussain, Alistair McDowall, Simon Stephens and Tom Wells and developed their own work.

The first public readings of their plays took place at The Site, at The Royal Court in May 2018, and took place at Northern Stage in September 2018, directed by Royal Court Associate Directors Lucy Morrison and Sam Pritchard, and Northern Stage Artistic Director Lorne Campbell.

Man Hours

Written by Chris Salt
A play about boys, Burnley and betrayal.

Chris is a Manchester-based playwright, arts engagement practitioner (Edgeways Productions) and award-winning documentary film-maker.

Cheer Up Slug

Written by Tamsin Daisy Rees
A play about sex, slugs and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Tamsin Daisy Rees is a playwright and illustrator from County Durham, currently based in Newcastle. She is an Associate Artist at Live Theatre. This is her first full-length play.

Paper Tiger

Written by Mhairi Ledgerwood
A play about love, language, and fear.

Mhairi has had work performed at The Traverse, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, and ARC Stockton. She currently has plays in development with The Six Twenty and Alphabetti Theatre.


Written by Olivia Hannah
A play about friendship, identity and hair.

Olivia Hannah is a Newcastle-based translator, short story writer and playwright. She has had work performed at Live Theatre in Newcastle and is one of their 2018/2019 Associate Artists.


Written by Zosia Wand
A play about a Polish headscarf, a teenage girl and a dead seagull.

Zosia Wand is a playwright, novelist and occasional poet. She has lived in the Cumbrian festival town of Ulverston for most of her adult life and her stories are rooted in the local landscape.

Island People

Written by Lindsay Rodden
A play about sleeping giants, uprising women, and a dance hall at the edge of the world.

Lindsay was born in Scotland, grew up in Donegal and Liverpool, and is currently based in another rainy edgeland, North Shields.


Written by Karen Laws
A play about recrimination, loyalty and rape.

Karen Laws lives in Newcastle. Her first play, Dirty Nets, was performed at Live Theatre in 2004 and in 2009 she co-wrote a radio play called Beware the Kids. She has written for television including EastEnders, Casualty, Holby, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Hollyoaks, 32 Brinkburn Street, Waterloo Road, Stella and Shameless.

Dear Pig

Written by Laura Lindow
A play about bones, bedding and bruises.

Laura Lindow is a Scottish Playwright, Director & Clown Doctor proudly based in the North East of England. Recent credits include the award-winning Key Change (for Open Clasp), The War of the Worlds (for Northern Stage), and new musical Beyond the End of the Road (for November Club).

Harsh Noise Wall

Written by Jack Nicholls
A play about limbs, brains and every member of The Fall.

Jack Nicholls is the author of the poetry pamphlet Meat Songs (The Emma Press, 2017), and has been published in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), The Poetry Review, and other places too. He produces and hosts the experimental cabaret FLIM NITE and makes comedy with the sketch group Beach Hunks.

Chris Salt

Tamsin Daisy Rees

Mhairi Ledgerwood

Olivia Hannah

Zosia Wand

Lindsay Rodden

Karen Laws

Laura Lindow

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