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    Listen to an interview with the Olivier award-winning and BAFTA nominated writer Mike Bartlett

    Listen to an interview with the award-winning playwright and writer of new BBC One drama 'Doctor Foster', Mike Bartlett.

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    BBC Writersroom and The Space announce National Theatre of Wales as Winner of The Space Prize - a new digital theatre award.

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    Writer Kenny Emson, gives an update of what he has been up to since being on The Writersroom 10 Scheme and talks about his experience in Newcastle for The Parade showcase. 

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  4. Writersroom 10 finalist, Amman Paul Singh Brar, shares his experience of taking part in the scheme designed to support emerging playwrights.

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    I always find the suicide of a successful artist shocking. Such as Alexander McQueen this past month. Take a profile shot of his life and all seems gleaming: World renowned in his chosen field, rich behold comprehension, famous friends and famous admirers. He achieved everything this society say...

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    In the book The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters there is a section on the hours these highly successful scribblers devote to their craft. Each and every one of them tells the editor of their gruelling work schedule. Getting up before dawn and pounding on the laptop, at furious pace...

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  7. We had a fantastic turnout at our Cardiff open day - more than 100 writers came along, we ran surgeries with Writersroom, BBC Wales TV Drama and National Theatre Wales, with simultaneous Perfect 10 workshops. Then Steve Thompson, who is writing for the forthcoming BBC Wales production Sherlock, ...

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    This week, the Arts Council announced that they are cutting their £52,000 grant for the National Student Drama Festival, jeopardising not only its ability to happen in three months time, but to exist at all. Asked by The Stage newspaper why this decision had been made, Andy Carver, Executive Di...

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    The Edinburgh Fringe continues apace: the pace in question being that of an emphysemic snail. Lots of performers are talking about having 'hit the wall': the combination of fatigue, drink and low-level viral infection have taken their toll. But there's nothing to be done other than necking vitamin C, quaffing Lemsip, strapping a costume to your wheezing chest and bloody getting on stage and doing it, darling. In the middle of the week, I saw two shows within a fourteen-hour period which seemed to encapsulate the polarity of Fringe experience. The first was Seriously. Pet Shop Boys. Reinterpreted. Billed as musical theatre, this is a sort of revue show that takes bits of various PSB numbers and sticks them together with the intention of forming dramatic scenes � closer to Closer Than Ever than, say, Mamma Mia. However, there's often little apparent logic to the juxtaposition of material, and the fragmentary approach to the original lyrical structure often robs it of any real meaning: chucking a verse of I Want A Dog into the middle of To Speak Is A Sin adds nothing to either piece. However, the cast stride nobly forward into this void of meaningfulness, imbuing every phrase with great, wet, steaming gobbets of meaning. All of the wit, irony, subtlety and charm of the original songs is bulldozed by the smug, precious, overblown delivery. The Pet Shop Boys are sometimes accused that all their songs sound the same: this show, which commits every vacuous cliché of musical theatre, seems intent on proving that myth. I'd have been more willing to forgive the almost wilful misunderstanding of the band's work, had they not had such extensive professional experience, but their impressive CVs and high production values instead led me to ask what the Pet Shop Boys had done to deserve this. At the other end of the budgetary scale, The Lost Tapes Of Tom Bell is a charming, funny discussion of childhood and adulthood being presented as part of Peter Buckley Hill's Free Fringe. Tickets are by (emphatically non-compulsory) donation, and the show takes place in the grotty, windowless back room of a pub on the Canongate. Audience participation has never been less threatening, as Tom gets one punter to toast crumpets, and lets another do some painting. To describe the humour as 'gentle' doesn't do justice to how funny it is, but this is a genuinely feel-good show with more than enough humanity and wit to make up for the lack of it the previous day.

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    It's the end of the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe. It's been overcast, with sunny intervals and rain in places. I'm writing this in a drizzly Pitlochry, having sneaked away from the capital for a couple of days to get on with some writing for a deadline at the end of the month. Last night w...

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