PLAYWRIGHT SIMON STEPHENS TO HOST EDINBURGH SCHOOLS EVENT

PLAYWRIGHT SIMON STEPHENS TO HOST EDINBURGH SCHOOLS EVENT

AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SIMON STEPHENS TO MEET EDINBURGH SCHOOL GROUPS AS PART OF YEAR LONG PROJECT TO INSPIRE CREATIVE FUTURES

Simon Stephens,the award-winning playwright and former teacher who won Olivier and Tony awards for his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time produced by the National Theatre will be speaking to children from Edinburgh City schools on Friday 7 October, as part of his year-long project to inspire future authors. Stephens has made a commitment to visit schools across the UK from Autumn 2016 to Autumn 2017 to talk to secondary school students about careers in creative writing and the performing arts.

Following its successful run at the Festival Theatre in April 2015, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back by popular demand for another 1-week run at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Mon 20 to Sat 25 February 2017.

School children attending the talk event are aged between 13 and 15 from schools including Queensferry High School, Leith Academy, Broughton High School and Holyrood High School.

Simon Stephenssaid:  ‘I want to go to schools throughout the country to meet young people and to talk to them about the possibility of working as a writer or an actor or a director.  I want young people to know that a career in the theatre or in the performing arts is not something that happens to other people. I am proud that the warm way in which The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been received throughout the country might allow me to reach young people who had never met a playwright, or anybody who made their living out of the arts. I also might be able to give them a few good tips for their English Highers.’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timewhich started life at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, transferred to the West End in 2013, first to the Apollo Theatre and then to the Gielgud Theatre. Simon Stephens’ adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was added to the AQA GCSE in English literature set texts for English schools in 2014, making it the only modern play currently performing in the West End to be part of the AQA Post-1914 drama and prose section.

SimonStephensisanArtisticAssociateattheLyricHammersmithwhere his work has included: 

PunkRock(alsoManchesterRoyalExchange); ThreeKingdoms(London,TallinnandMunich)andMorning. His production of Herons whichwasoriginallystagedattheRoyalCourtin2001,is currently running a the Lyric.   Other work at the Royal Court includes Bluebird,CountryMusicandMotortown.HisotherworkincludesHarperRegan(NationalTheatre);SeaWall,(Bush);Pornography(DeutschesSchauspielhaus,Hanover;EdinburghFestival,BirminghamRepandTricycleTheatre);IAmTheWind(YoungVic);Ibsen’sADoll’sHouse(YoungVicandDukeof York’sTheatre);CarmenDisruption(DeutschesSchauspielhaus,HamburgandAlmeida);Birdland(RoyalCourt);Chekhov’sTheCherryOrchard(YoungVic);SongsFromFaraway(YoungVic);Heisenberg(MTC,NewYork)andTheFunfair,anewversionofÖdönvonHorváth’sKasimirandKaroline,(Home,Manchester).  As well as the Olivier and Tony awards for Curious, he won the  2001PearsonAward forBestPlayfor Portand the2005Olivier AwardforBestNew PlayforOntheShoreoftheWideWorld.SimonhaswontheTheaterHeute’sAwardforMotortown,Pornographyin2008andWastwaterin2011.SimonisalsoanAssociatePlaywrightattheRoyalCourt.

Simon’s new translation of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, directed by Rufus Norris, has just completed a successful run at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre.


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