EMERGING WRITERS’ GROUP ANNOUNCED
Black Swan's Emerging Writers' Group has been the hotbed for many successful plays, and has amongst its alumni Gita Bezard, Chris Isaacs, Tyler Jacob Jones, Frieda Lee, Joe Lui, Will O'Mahony, Zoe Pepper, Clare Testoni and Mararo Wangai.
The Emerging Writers’ Group for 2019 includes; Michelle Aitken, Zac James, Doreshawar Khan, Daley King and Sam Nerida. They will work closely with Black Swan’s Director of New Writing Jeffrey Jay Fowler. Each writer will receive an honorarium of $1,000 for their time in the program. A key outcome is the development and workshop of scripts to be presented as a series of free public play readings.
Michelle is a theatre-maker and performer with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and an interest in dismantling the patriarchy. Her play Kind Regards, is a questionably autobiographical new script about family, peace offerings, and unrequited emails.
Zac is a Wongi, Yamatji and Murri First Nations creative specialising in acting and writing. His play 1942 explores the life of a young Indigenous family and the struggles they face during the throes of WW2, on and off shore.
Doreshawar is a writer and creative born in Pakistan. Her play Zmakkah recounts the final hours of the last human on earth, an Afghan mercenary named Havvah, who is on a mission to deliver a valuable cultural artefact to a sacred site before she runs out of oxygen.
Daley is an eclectic theatre maker with Māori heritage. His writing generates the unpredictable and uncomfortable, examining the elusive fringes of society and the furthest corners of humanity.
Curiosity is an intimate exploration of social isolation, human connection, and universal loneliness, through the eyes of two troubled humans who bond over a mutual fascination with the Mars Rover.
Sam is a performance maker and a producer, concerned with all things rhythm, humour, and the bending of form. Sam is writing a new performance piece Fumble, a work to celebrate healing, queer love, and family.
Free public play readings will take place at the City of Perth Library in October and November. Stay tuned for more details.