Adopt a Playwright

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Support playwright Satinder Chohan as she works to complete her new play:

MOTHER INDIA

Set in a fertility clinic in Gujarat, India’s ‘rent-a-womb’ capital of the world for wealthy women of the West, the play starts when Aditi and Eva meet. One driven by financial necessity, the other driven by the desire to be a mother. Set on the fault lines of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple? Satinder wants this to be a play “about motherhood, bodies and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new 21st century world”.

OffWestEnd.com announces

SATINDER CHOHAN
winner of the 2013 ADOPT A PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

*  Award enters its sixth successful year
*  One of few awards offering up to £10K to buy “space to breathe”
*  Winner plans to write new play about the changing relationship between India and Great Britain
*  Award-winning playwright Richard Bean to act as mentor
*  Award-winning playwright Fin Kennedy to act as coach

Satinder Chohan is the sixth writer and third woman to win the Adopt A Playwright Award run by campaigning website OffWestEnd.com. Satinder has been awarded up to £10,000 to facilitate the time needed to write her next full length play.

Award winning playwrights Richard Bean and Fin Kennedy have generously given their time for free to mentor and support the writer, if needed, along the way

Satinder has won her “space to breathe” against stiff competition from writers nominated by independent theatres across the UK and is undertaking a year to research and write MOTHER INDIA. Set in a fertility clinic in Gujarat, India’s ‘rent-a-womb’ capital of the world for wealthy women of the West, the play starts when Aditi and Eva meet. One driven by financial necessity, the other driven by the desire to be a mother. Set on the fault lines of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple? Satinder wants this to be a play “about motherhood, bodies and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new 21st century world”.

Satinder is an emerging writer seeking to set her stories in globally under-represented spheres, giving expression to small colliding lives that universalise hidden worlds. Her first play ZAMEEN told the story of a suicide farmer and his family in India, CROSSING THE LINE touched upon twenty-something Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and KABADDIKABBADIKABBADI engaged with the lives of illegal immigrants (and former Indian revolutionaries) in the UK.

Satinder grew up in Southall, West London, an immigrant enclave built on colour, class and community, Bollywood songs and religious prayers. After a first-class BA at King’s College London and an MA at Yale University in English Language and Literature, Satinder edited the British Asian arts, style and culture magazine 2nd Generation and ‘women of colour’ magazine Pride. She has since written for other publications and new media. As a Researcher and Assistant Producer in radio and on documentaries, her television work includes Channel 4’s Party Crashers. Working as an undercover volunteer in the Liberal Democrat Press Office in the run-up to the 2001 General Election, Satinder was promoted to ‘International Press Liaison Secretary’. The Times’ Diary commented at the time: ‘If she [Satinder Chohan] had hung around, it is tempting to think that she could have landed herself a safe Commons seat’. She didn’t hang around. A stint in India researching Meera Syal’s family history for the BBC series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ triggered her own quest to pursue her childhood writing dream, leading to her first play ZAMEEN.

Satinder will be starting her year in April 2013 and says the award ‘gives an emerging writer like me a lifeline, precious time and space from scrapping together money and odd jobs, so I can grow as a writer, in a community of supporters, without the usual constraints. It’s a writer’s fantasy. Bizarrely, my parents are rather happy I’m up for adoption. Excellent references available upon request!’

Sofie Mason and Diana Jervis-Read , founders of OffWestEnd.com, Schoolwrights and Adopt A Playwright Award, have gathereed  a ‘family’ of individual donors around Satinder to raise the first £6,000 to get things moving.

 They agree: "We want to make sure that talented new writers from backgrounds that offer little encouragement or financial support do not give up but are given a fair chance to prove themselves and take their place among our culture’s storytellers.”

Former recipients are Paul Morris, presented with his award by Lindsay Duncan CBE; Pericles Snowdon, presented with his award by Sir Ian McKellen; Kenneth Emson, with award-winning Danny Webb in the cast for his final reading; Sarah Grochala, now working with Headlong; and Clara Brennan who finished her year in March.

The Adopt A Playwright Panel met at the Young Vic in November 2012 and was made up of Alison Hindell (Head of BBC Radio Drama), Joachim Fleury (Senior Partner Clifford Chance) and playwrights Declan Feenan and Fin Kennedy.

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Letter of thanks

£20.00 or more : We love you! Adopted playwright Satinder Chohan will write and thank you personally

 

Invitation to showcase

£50.00 or more : You will also be invited to the next showcase of the work in progress, and will receive a monthly email from Satinder telling you how she is getting on

 

A letter from our Patron

£100.00 or more : In addition to the above, the award winning playwright Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors etc) will write you a personal letter of thanks

 

Play reading and opening night

£250.00 or more : You are making a big contribution so you should see what it's all about. So you definitely get an invitation to the final full play reading at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and hopefully to the opening night and party if the play gets staged

 

Personal copy

£500.00 or more : You are such a star! At this level we will also send you a personally signed copy of the final script, and a credit in the programme of any future production.

 

Feedback to the author

£1,000.00 or more : Since you clearly know your theatre we would be keen to hear your views. Come for dinner with the playwright Satinder Chohan, scheme founder Sofie Mason, and mentor Fin Kennedy and give them some feedback on the scheme and on Satinder's play

 

Help us choose the next winner

£4,000.00 or more : We think you are wonderful - and we need you!. For your support at this level we will invite you to join the judging panel to help select the next winner of an award. This year's panel included Alison Hindell (Head of BBC Radio Drama) and playwrights Declan Feenan and Fin Kennedy. And of course you get all the other benefits as well.