The British Council offered emerging playwrights in Turkey and Iran the opportunity to work with London’s Royal Court Theatre
The intensive programme took place over a year and involved three playwriting development workshops in Istanbul in November 2013, June 2014 and November 2014. Thirteen participants were selected from more than 100 entries across the country by a panel comprising representatives of the British Council, the Royal Court Theatre and theatre professionals in Turkey.
The programme was designed and led by renowned British playwrights Mark Ravenhill and Zinnie Harris, together with Richard Twyman, International Associate at the Royal Court. The workshops were tailored to the needs and interests of each writer and encouraged participants to explore new ideas and expression in their language of choice.
The pieces that came out of the workshops, in Turkish, Kurdish and Farsi, were then premiered at the Royal Court:
Dark Pink, by Erdem R. Avşar; Last Man on Earth, by Derem Çıray; Night Birds at the Cemetary and Moonlight, by Oktay Emre; Back Garden, by Ceylan Esen; A Practical Guide to Playwriting for Storks, by Ali Gholipour; Boxing, by Mîrza Metîn; Breathe, by Shabnam Shams Moghadam; Ooze, by Mohammed Monem; Day and Night, by Roshanak Moradi; Fat Luna by Salma Rafiee; The Nature of Things, by Cem Uslu; Cover the Night, by Tolga Yalçıner and The Sound Behind the Door, by Berfin Zenderlioğlu.