Writing to be Seen

A panel discussion with performance poets, playwrights and screen writers exploring the process and significance of taking words to the stage.

Panellists: Be Manzini (Love In Motion, 2016), Lucy Sheen (Call The Midwife, 2017), Jay Bernard (The Red and Yellow Nothing, 2016), Nadia Latif (Homegrown, 2017), Rikki Beadle-Blair (Blackbird, 2014).

Lucy Sheen is an actor, writer, filmmaker, published poet and playwright. First acting role female lead opposite David Yip in PING PONG (1987) first UK feature film exploring the history and challenges facing the British-Chinese. Other acting credits: Secrets; Lies (‘96), Something Good: (‘14) Julius Caesar, Bristol Old Vic (1987) first female British East Asian cast in a major Shakespearian role; Drink the Mercury earnt her a TMA nomination in ‘90. 2010, Lucy was an OFFIE award nominee, for Hungry Ghosts. Call The Midwife. Lucy has been commissioned by Nimble Fish Arts, The Royal Court Theatre, Paines Plough and Commonword.

Jay Bernard was born in London in 1988. They were a winner of the Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2005, and of the Respect Slam in 2004. Their poetry has appeared in Poetry London, Chroma, The Guardian, The Independent, and in several anthologies. The Guardian named Bernard as one of the UK’s most inspirational 16-year-olds in 2004. Their first collection of poems, Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (tall-lighthouse) was published in 2008 and was selected as the Poetry Book Society’s pamphlet choice.

Nadia Latif is a theatre maker, film director, and journalist. She works exclusively in new writing, and has worked for buildings including the Almeida, Royal Shakespeare Company, National, Bush, Theatre503 and Arcola. She has made a number of short documentaries, and is currently working on her first feature film

Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards. His next major project is ‘Summer’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East, an urban romance created for a diverse cast of trans performers. Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Tristan Bates Theatre and the Contact Theatre in Manchester. His next production at Stratford East is Summer In London opening in July.