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Dirty Protest - Back To The Yurt AWARD-WINNING writer Gary Owen has chosen six of the best writing talent to showcase in Wales as he guest curates the next Dirty Protest event on April 16.

Torchwood writer Catherine Tregenna and Emma Reeves, whose adaptation of Carrie’s War will get its second run in the West End this year, will all join the line up.

After being praised by the National Theatre of Wales’ Artistic director John McGrath as the most inspiring thing about the current Welsh theatre scene, Dirty Protest will return to the yurt in Milgi, Cardiff and its original premise.

Six writers, including one newcomer, six plays between three and ten minutes long and one theme - Heartbreakers.

Gary Owen, who alongside Helen Raynor is currently the writing the BBC series Fabulous Baker Boys, with Russell T Davies as creative consultant, is excited about the line-up.

Gary said, “We have got six fantastic writers, who I am very pleased to say have all said yes.

“Emma is one of these incredibly unassuming, unboastful people and when you actually ask her what she's up to, it'll be something like, ‘Well, yes my latest play is going into the West End this summer.’
“She's an actual West End successful playwright, here in Wales, and we don't boast about her enough."

And when he approached Catherine, he knew the play that he wanted her to submit.

He said, “Cath is an amazing writer who did one play and then was snapped up by television. But I knew she had this little monologue about a woman starting an AA programme and realising it's not for her, because she sent it to me years ago.

“When I asked her could we use it, she said we could, but she'd lost the only copy. Luckily I'd kept the copy she sent me, though several house moves - and so it will finally get a performance.”

The three writers will be joined Greg Glover and Emily Steel who Gary mentored as part of the Royal Court and BBC writersroom.

The Welsh line-up will also be joined by Paines Plough writer in residence Duncan MacMillan, because Owen wanted to share with Cardiff the writer’s “heart-breaking piece Sleeve Notes”.

The final writer for the event will be newcomer Ross Southard.
Gary said, “Firstly Ross is very tall and very funny. He's been doing all sorts of jobs on Dr Who and Torchwood and writing TV things in his spare time, and they're great. I thought I'd see if we could tempt him into theatre before TV grabs him forever.”

The Dirty Protest company is proud to introduce the Gary Owen curated event as a new string to its bow, as it attempts to showcase new writing in Wales.

Since the company was created in August 2007, Dirty Protest has overseen sell out nights in the yurt at Milgi, nightclub 10 Feet Tall and Sherman Cymru plus performances at Latitude Festival and a special Welsh language night at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Keen to provide young people with exciting and relevant theatre in the venues that they hang out and all for the price of a pint, Dirty Protest has proved that there is a thriving audience for new writing.

Doctor Who writer Helen Raynor will join Mared Swain on directing duties for the script in hand performances.

The actors for the evening of Thursday April 16 will be Jenny Livsey, Simon Nehan and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama student Shekira Johnson.

*Dirty Protest - Back To The Yurt @ Milgi, Cardiff, Thursday April 16. Two performances 7.30pm & 9pm. £3

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