Wrapt Films are partnering with Open Sky Theatre, Arts Council England, Rural Media, Courtyard Hereford, Turtle Key Arts and digital strategist Clark Boyd bringing independent film production to the exciting new project MICROPLAYS.
MICROPLAYS sees an eclectic group of 5 contemporary playwrights address a theme ubiquitous in both mainstream and social media: cultural polarisation – the apparently widening gap between different sectors of society.
The writers will write 5 plays of 5 minutes or less and these will then be filmed on location and distributed via social media on a digital tour. This is an interesting challenge for the team and a new way of applying our film and TV production skills.
Social media in particular are often sited as a divisive echo chamber where people only talk to others like themselves. This project uses it to reach out to people who don’t normally engage with theatre and film to address both our differences and our shared humanity. Audiences are expected to run well into six figures.
Martina and Lisle will produce and direct respectively all this exciting hybrid form of digital content and are working with the following writers.
TENA STIVICIC writes The Importance of Being Honest giving us the unvarnished truth about job interviews for immigrants. Tena was born in Zagreb and studied in the Academy of Drama Art there. She completed an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has taken part in theatre events such as Future Perfect, the Paines Plough Young Writers Programme and the Royal Court’s 50th Anniversary season. Štivičić has written plays both in her native Croatian and in English. Her major works in English include: Can’t Escape Sundays, Perceval, Psssst, Two of Us, Goldoni Terminus, Fragile!, and Fireflies. Her plays have been produced in at least ten European countries. Fragile!, directed by Matjaž Pograjc and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, has won several awards at festivals in Croatia and Slovenia. In 2007, she co-wrote the play Pijana noć 1918 (Drunken Night 1918) with her father Ivo Štivičić for the Ulysses Theatre, Zagreb. Her project Goldoni Terminus was shown at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Her play 3 Winters premiered at National Theatre in London, and won Štivičić the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
KATE ATTWELL writes Stile a breathless two handed play about wealth and poverty, set in a field. Kate is a playwright, TV writer, and devised theater maker. She is an Ensemble Studio Theatre and Playwrights Horizons commissioned writer, and was a member of Ars Nova’s PlayGroup, Page 73’s writers’ group, a Mabou Mines Resident Artist and a member of the Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group. Recently her plays have been developed at Playwrights Horizons, A.C.T., Portland Center Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Bushwick Starr. Previous shows have been seen at: REDCAT / Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (LA), The Public Theater (Under the Radar, 2016), JACK Arts, La MaMa E.T.C., Movement Research at Judson Church, BRIC, BAM (Everybooty), The Segal Center (Festival of Performance & Film), and The Wassaic Project. Her play, Testmatch, will premier this season directed by Pam McKinnon at A.C.T. San Francisco, and at Yale Repertory Theatre directed by Margot Bordelon. She holds a BA in Performance from The University of Bristol in the UK and an MFA from Yale.
MATILDA IBINI writes Head Over Wheels a comic love story for the differently abled. Matilda was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting at City University. She holds a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University. Her work has been shortlisted for awards such as the Soho Young Writers Award, the Alfred Fagon Award and has been supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Matilda was part of the Royal Court Writers Program, Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, Bryony Kimmings week-long Live Art course, Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Program, Arcola Theatre’s ‘Voices from the Future’ scheme, ThinkBIGGER: Writers’ Cramp Screenwriting Course and the Eastenders E20 Writers’ School. She was Soho Theatre’s writer in residence for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme and was a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group. Her debut play Muscovado was produced by BurntOut Theatre company, and premiered in October 2014 and then went on tour across the UK in 2015 starting with a run at Theatre503. Muscovado also co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015. She has short plays on at the National Theatre Shed, St James Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Hackney Showroom, Arcola Theatre and Paines Plough Roundabout Edinburgh..
IMAN QURESHI writes The Ceremony a poignant story about marriage with a twist of realism. Iman is an award-winning writer for stage, screen and radio. In 2018 she won the prestigious Papatango New Writing Prize with her breakout play THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse before a short UK tour. She is one of the Soho Six playwrights for 2019 and has further new commissions from Papatango, the Bush, English Touring Theatre and the Royal Court. In early 2019 Iman contributed a monologue to the Bunker Theatre’s MY WHITE BEST FRIEND series, curated by Rachel De-Lahay and Milli Bhatia.Under commission from Tamasha and Titi Dawudu Iman also contributed two monologues to HEAR ME NOW a set of diverse monologues for diverse actors, the first of its kind, published by Oberon books. She is adapting THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR for TV and also working on a new commission with Slam Films. She was selected by Film London for their London Calling short film slate with her short HOME GIRL, directed by Poonam Brah which was also selected for the 2019 BFI Flare Festival.
EMILY WHITE writes Homework a slapstick comedy about studying whilst under threat of global extinction. Emily is an emerging screenwriter and playwright. She originally trained as an actress at RADA before changing tack and obtaining an MA in Theatre writing at the University of York in 2015. She left with a hangover and a distinction and hasn’t stopped writing since. In 2018 she won a place on Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting Course where she developed her pilot Land of My Fathers about a Syrian refugee coming to live in a small Welsh town. She was selected to be part of the BBC Wales Writersroom group in 2019 and is developing the sitcom pilot, Generation Rent, with them. Her play Pavilion will receive its world premiere at Theatr Clwyd in Sept-Oct this year and will be directed by the Olivier award winning director Tamara Harvey.