Theatre company gives voice to new writers

Actors from Sheffield theatre company, Verbal, rehearsing for a performance
Actors from Sheffield theatre company, Verbal, rehearsing for a performance
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Budding writers have the chance to try out their material on stage thanks to a new night being launched in Sheffield.

Theatre company Verbal is relaunching its monthly Scratch Script Night at its new home at The Riverside on Mowbray Street, elham Island.

The free event enables local writers to see their work performed on stage and also get feedback on their material.

The first Scratch Night is taking place on Monday, October 13, at 7.30pm and then on the second Monday of each month.

Hayley Alessi, Verbal company director, said: “We offer a space, an audience, performers and a director if needed – and the chance for local writers to see their work off the page and onto the stage.

“We also provide feedback and advice to enable them to take their work to the next level.”

Hayley, from Broomhill, set up Verbal earlier this year to give new scriptwriters a place to showcase their work.

She said: “Verbal grew from my frustrations that although Sheffield is the largest theatre complex outside London the city doesn’t actually support or promote new scriptwriting talent locally or have anywhere for people to showcase new performance.

“Helping to run Sheffield University’s scriptwriting group, I also realised a lot of writers didn’t know what to do to take their scripts from the page and into performance, something I do have experience of as a director, performer and writer myself.

“My aim was to create something that would provide the space, facilities and skills for this.”