Adopt a Playwright Play Reading: Young Girl
Wednesday 19th April
2pm for 2:30pm start
Theatre Royal Haymarket
by Adam Hughes
Masterclass in association with OffWestEnd.com present a reading of Young Girl by Adam Hughes, winner of the 2016 OffWestEnd.com Adopt a Playwright Award. The Adopt a Playwright Award was launched by Sofie Mason and Diana Jervis-Read in 2008 to support playwrights, who have had at least one play staged, to find the time, space and financial backing to hone their craft and write another.
About the PlaywrightAdam Hughes is a playwright from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Having trained on writers groups at the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, his first play Marching On Together enjoyed a sell-out run at the Old Red Lion Theatre and achieved critical acclaim. His work has been performed at venues including the Bush Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Park Theatre and many more.
Adam writes stories that draw on his Eastern European and working class routes; many of which are often ignored on the stage. He is an advocate of bringing new audiences into theatre and has run outreach work with mosques, schools and even working mens clubs. His previous work has been longlisted for the Bruntwood, Papatango and Theatre503 Prizes and he was a finalist in last year’s BBC Writers Room ScriptRoom. He is currently Playwright on Attachment at the Finborough Theatre and a member of the Soho Theatre’s Alumni Group.
About the PlayGraham Clark broke boundaries. Back in the 70s, he was the first black presenter of a primetime gameshow. The stand-up comedian was a pioneer for change and just thinking about the straight-talking Yorkshireman used to put a smile on people’s faces.
But that’s all changed. Graham is currently sat in a prison cell, having been convicted of historic sex crimes. Half the nation thinks he did it, the other half don’t want to believe it. One of these is daughter Chloe, a television and radio host, who is determined to prove her father’s innocence. Whilst everyone else has given up on him, she is adamant the truth will out.
But how can anyone discover the truth in a world clouded by such doubt? And how far will Chloe go in her desperation to prove Graham’s innocence?
The play is directed by Anna Marsland, the current Resident Director on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre).