Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Royal Court's 'Unheard Voices'
Michael Billington writes about the Royal Court’s ‘Unheard Voices’ workshop, focused on young British Muslim playwrights. As part of the Young Writers Programme, the Royal Court went to local schools, colleges and community centers in an attempt to find individuals between 16-26 years old who had original voices and an interest in writing. Starting in January, the participants took part in a 10-week playwriting course and then were sent off to write a play. As Billington concludes, “I suspect new British drama, in the years ahead, will increasingly come from minority groups; by giving a platform to these fledgling writers, the Court is spreading information and light. We all need urgently to learn about the multicultural society in which we live.”