We are pleased to announce that Rogelio Braga, Lao Lee, Nemo Martin and Marie Yan have been awarded £2000 seed commissions to develop new plays as part of the Professional Writers Programme 2020-22. Under the mentorship of director and dramaturg Ng Choon Ping, the seed commission will also include one-to-one dramaturgy meetings and development workshops with actors and directors over two years. They were selected out of 17 writers participating in Phase 1 of the Programme.
“Miss Philippines is a play that explores the themes of loss, violence,Rogelio Braga
beauty, and the power of collective resistance to a patriarchal fascist regime in the present Philippines. Imagine you are provided the opportunity to tell this story without the fear of state persecution, harassment and intimidation? This is not just victory; this is human life for someone who fled his country because he was just doing what he was made to do: writing.”
“I’m thrilled and so grateful for the support and opportunity to work on aLao Lee
full-length play with Yellow Earth. More so than ever, it’s crucial for marginalised voices to be heard and I hope to champion queer East Asian stories being told on our stages.”
“zaazaa is about something I care a lot about: my friends and support systems, and so I’m very glad to continue writing this play with the PWP, and to continue building itNemo Martin
into something that hopefully vindicates fellow angry queers of colour as much as it does myself.”
“I believe writing is as much about talent as about environment. We grow like plants do. Receiving the Yellow Earth Theatre seed commission for A Tidal Home is very much the promise of a rich environment to thrive on and deliver my best writing. I am deeply thankful for their trust.”Marie Yan
“I’m immensely excited to be working with all four of these incredible writers, each has a vital story to share with the world, each in their own distinctive way. I feel privileged to be part of this journey and grateful for a programme that can give sustained development and support time specifically to BESEA writers.”Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre
Yellow Earth’s Professional Writers Programme is a two-year programme for writers of East and Southeast Asian descent, supporting those writers with their play development, ideas and craft. To read more about the programme, the writers and their plays, please visit here.
This programme is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Soho Theatre.