The Writers

Terry Bailey runs the MA in Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University. He also teaches screenwriting at undergraduate level. Although Terry has a background in writing for television and radio, both in Britain and in his native Canada, he had not written for the stage before joining the Writing for Performance Group.

Julie Bainbridge is an MA Scriptwriting student at Bath Spa University. After living in Greece for many years she recently completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in South Wales. In 2009 she was selected for a National Theatre playwriting project and her play Sons of War was directed by NT director Lisa Spirling at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. In 2011, Black Boots and Petticoats was produced by Cilgwyn Theatre Company and more recently she has been mentored by the playwright and dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly. Julie also writes poetry and is currently working on an anthology to be published in 2014.

Sandra Bendelow wrote two adaptations, Odyssey and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, both for Fallen Angel Theatre Co. In 2012 she progressed to the 3nd Round of the Red Planet Prize -one of the biggest TV Writing competitions in the UK and she was selected for the Ty Newydd Mentoring project with Kaite O’Reilly. She was selected for the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Sherman Cymru Spread the Word Emerging Writers scheme. Sandra set up and runs the Writing for Performance Group for Aberystwyth Arts Centre and is the Producer for Scriptography Productions. She blogs about writing here

Branwen Davies is a second year PhD  student in the Theatre, Film and Television Department at Aberystwyth University.  Branwen writes in Welsh and English. She is a founder member of ‘Agent 160 Theatre Company’  and Welsh language theatre company ‘Torri Gair’ and has written for Sherman Cymru, Dirty Protest, Undeb Theatre Company  and Sgript Cymru. She co-wrote ‘The Exquisite Corpse’ for True Fiction Theatre Company which was performed at the Millenium Centre Cardiff, The Edinburgh Festival and Southwark Playhouse. She also co-wrote the Welsh language play ‘Dominos’ for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She is currently under commission with Living Pictures and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru  to write a play that will be performed at Sherman Cymru in September 2013.

Christopher T. Harris‘s works include for the Drama Association of Wales, Great Mundane (Adjudicator’s Award, DAW Festival 2010); For the National Eisteddfod, The Fallen Night (Best Production and Best Actor under 25 Awards) and From Now On ; Pine Heads at the Youth Council of Chepstow (Available through Lulu Publishing) and Foul West (Broadway’s Society). His new play Walk on Mars will be performed at the Aberystwyth Art’s Centre under the Open Platform Project on March 7th.

Catrin Fflur Huws has written for Castaway Community Theatre since 2008. Catrin was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme for emerging writers in English language and is currently on the Sherman Cymru Gair Ar Led emerging writers scheme in Welsh language. Her first full length play about Alan Turing, To Kill the Machine was produced by Scriptography Productions, it premiered at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2012 and toured to Swansea and Cardiff.

Carmel George is a Director & Performer who has turned her hand to playwrighting. Her first full length play, I’m on the Train first showcased at the Open Platform at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2010 and toured to small venues in Mid/North Wales and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford in 2011. Carmel was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme.

Julie Grady Thomas is an American writer living in Wales. With humble beginnings in communication theory and French studies, she went on to earn her M.A. in French and subsequently became a journalist. Whilst relatively new to screenwriting, she was warranted a coveted spot in the second round of the 2012 Red Planet Prize for her noir comedy Jabberwocky. Her short play Death of a Traffic Warden was her first play for theatre and was presented as part of Town with No Traffic Wardens. She
is currently writing a feature length film Broken Boys for 4 Fold Films Ltd.

Tony Jones has been writing and performing stand-up for over 15 years. He made it to the semi-finals for the new Welsh comedians in the summer of 2011. Tony is also a songwriter. He was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme.

Sean Langton started out writing prose for various magazines. He recently turned his attention to stage and screen. His short play Dad in the Beginnings showcase was the first time his work was performed for public. He has since adapted the idea into a short film which was filmed in 2012 and will be touring festivals in 2013. Sean was commissioned to write a short play about traumatic stress disorder for the Ceredigion Mental Health Forum. He is currently producing his first feature film which will be written by Julie Grady Thomas.

Debbie Moon began writing about 10 years ago and has around 50 short stories published in the UK and US. Her novel Falling was published in 2004 and long-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year award. She co-wrote the horror movie The Seventh Dimension, wrote two episodes of CBBC’s The Sparticle Mystery, and is currently creating a fantasy drama series for CBBC which will film in 2012. Debbie was selected for Sherman Cymru Spread the Word scheme. Debbie  blogs about TV and film writing at Never Get Off The Bus

Daniel Rebbeck graduated from Aberystwyth University in 1998. He appeared in several productions by U-man Zoo including Dome and Kite, and in the student film Inheritance in 2006. He appeared in  the Writing for Performance Group showcase Beginnings in 2011. He has recently joined the Writing for the Performance Group as a writer and Chaos was his first play.

Marit Parker’s only claim to fame is that she was in the same class as Malcolm Pryce at school: a risky claim to make, given some of his dodgy characters. Although she has always enjoyed making up stories and sketches, she has never inflicted them on anyone else before – well, apart from the kids, but only when they were on the naughty step.

Sarah Taylor had several short stories published in anthologies produced by Honno Press and in 2005 had a short monologue produced as part of the World Cup Tapes. Her short story Wooing Mr Wickham, appearerd in an anthology of stories based on the heroes and villains of Jane Austen published in November 2011.

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