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Royal & Derngate run Generate, a new artist development scheme that launched in 2016.

Over the year, we curate various initiatives to support artists and the creation of new work. We aim to ‘generate’ and strengthen our artistic community in Northamptonshire and the region, encouraging connections, collaborations and conversations. Generate projects and events will run alongside our current work to further support local artists.

The Writer / Director Relationship On New Plays
Thu 5 December 6.30pm-8.30pm

A workshop exploring the crucial relationship between the writer and director of a new play from commission to press night via redrafting, casting, design, rehearsals, tech and previews. How to build trust, give great notes and support playwrights as the lead creative artists in premiering bold new plays.  

James Grieve was Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays, for 10 years during which time the company produced 50 world premieres on tour to more than 300 places. For Paines Plough James directed new plays by writers including Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Kate Tempest, Elinor Cook, Tom Wells, Anna Jordan, Brad Birch, Penelope Skinner and Nick Payne. His freelance work includes the world premiere of David Baddiel’s debut play God’s Dice, a new production of Les Miserables for Wermland Opera in Sweden, Brian Friel’s Translations which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2014 and the new musical The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins which won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2018. In 2020 he will direct a new production of Cabaret for Gothenburg Opera. 

For more information on upcoming events, email Erica Martin.