01/11/2016 12:00 AM

Airplay - radio workshop

2017 sees the 70th anniversary of the historic Partition of India, a time of massive upheaval in which many people lost their lives and many more were displaced.
Partition, which resulted in the creation of present-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, has had deep and far-reaching effects on families and communities, which still play out today, both in South Asia and the UK.

AIRPLAY will bring a group of young writers together to research and write an original radio play about Partition. The play will be created from research by the writers, but also from research carried out by Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah for a parallel theatre project with playwright Mike Kenny. The writing process will be facilitated by writer Peter Spafford and broadcast by Chapel FM in Summer 2017.

AIRPLAY is a fantastic opportunity for young writers from West Yorkshire between the ages of 15 and 24 to research and write a quality radio drama on an important contemporary theme with professional support. As part of the process there will be sessions with industry professionals including writers and BBC producers. The project anticipates a writing group from a range of backgrounds, but is particularly keen to engage writers from families and communities affected by Partition. There will also be opportunities to work towards Arts Award if desired.

Writing sessions will begin in November this year and continue one evening a week into the spring. The process begins with an open evening on Thursday November 3rd at Roundhay Road Resource Centre in Harehills where further information about the project will be given.  To register your interest, please contact Katie Mahon by email: airplay.theblahs@gmail.com

Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah is a highly-respected Theatre in Education Company based in Leeds. It creates high quality participatory theatre with and for children and young people, placing enquiry, exploration and participation at its core.

Peter Spafford has been writing professionally for over 25 years. His scripts have been produced in theatres, opera houses, concert halls, schools, prisons, museums, and on the streets. He has written 7 radio dramas for BBC Radio 4 and is Director of Spoken Word at Chapel FM.

Chapel FM is a local community radio station based in the fabulous Old Seacroft Chapel. With an annual local and global listenership of over 35,000 people, Chapel FM is host to live performances by local musicians and writers, and runs a number of training projects that engage a wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds.