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Stephen received funding from the Young Writers’ Talent Fund to support his play ‘The Gestation Period’. He worked with theatre director Tess Denman-Cleaver who supported him to develop his work dramaturgically. Stephen’s writing centres on ‘fear of the world outside and within’. A work in progress of his play ‘The Gestation Period’ was performed as part of a scratch night at Gala Theatre, Durham in November 2016. Stephen is continuing to work with actors to workshop his piece and is working towards a full production.

Stephen told us: “Stories are my interest, theatre was the vehicle through which I was most effective. The award is a massive opportunity for us. We want to do our part in building a creatively viable and original thinking Newcastle”.

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