Writing for performance with HighTide
In this episode of The Writing Life podcast, Nicola Werenowska and Georgia Shackleton discuss writing for plays and ghost stories.

In this episode of The Writing Life podcast, Holly is joined by Colchester-based playwright and HighTide/Peggy Ramsay Foundation writer in residence Nicola Werenowska and Norwich-based folk musician Georgia Shackleton to discuss writing for performance.

Nicola and Georgia were central to the development of Suffolk-based theatre company HighTide’s touring show Ghost Stories by Candlelight, which we were lucky enough to host at Dragon Hall last autumn. Ghost Stories by Candlelight was a brand new commission that brought together stories, music and song to tell a set of chilling, contemporary ghost stories that celebrate the people, landscape and fragile natural world of East Anglia… And we are very excited to announce that HighTide will return to Dragon Hall as part of a new tour in autumn 2024.

Together, Holly, Nicola and Georgia discuss the process of writing collectively, and the particular characteristics of ghost stories. They also touch on the representation of different voices and identities in the performance world, and the importance of place in their writing.

 

Edited by Omni Mix

 


Georgia Shackleton is a folk singer and musician best known for working with traditional material from East Anglia. She works with fiddle, voice, tenor guitar and drones to create crisp arrangements of old songs, and new compositions. Georgia is a critically acclaimed songwriter, with self-penned songs and traditional re-workings achieving a national radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 music and a BBC 3 live session. Georgia takes great influence from the traditional singers of the East of England such as Harry Cox, Walter Pardon and Phoebe Smith. The traditional material she performs often stems from her native East Anglia and her own compositions are often inspired by stories from the region and the area’s unique, compelling landscape. Georgia has just released her debut solo album; ‘Harry’s Seagull’ – a dedication to East Anglian singer, Harry Cox.

Nicola Werenowska is an experienced award winning neurodivergent playwright who is committed to exploring underrepresented voices. Nicola was 16 when she was a runner up in the Royal Court Young People’s playwriting competition but it took her another 15 years before she wrote professionally, following her life-changing dyspraxia diagnosis.

Nicola has been on attachment to Graeae Theatre, the National Theatre studio and a member of the Royal Court National Writers group. She is currently in residence with High Tide as recipient of a Peggy Ramsay/Film 4 2023 Bursary and is Associate Artist at the Mercury Theatre.

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