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Jerwood in August 2019


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25 Years of Jerwood New Playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre

The 25th Anniversary of the very successful Jerwood New Playwrights was celebrated at a low-key reception at Royal Court Theatre on 25 July 2019.

Introduced in 1994 by Stephen Daldry (Artistic Director, Royal Court 1992-1998), Jerwood New Playwrights programme was funded by Jerwood Foundation and remains rooted in the Royal Court’s desire to create a more sustainable culture and stage for new writers.

By the end of this year the programme, funded since 1999 by Jerwood Charitable Foundation (now Jerwood Arts), will have given early support to 72 playwrights in the crucial first 10 years of their careers – including some of the best known, important and respected playwrights in theatre.

The 25 year longevity and consistency of Jerwood’s support has enabled the exploration and development of new forms and voices through the staging of 87 challenging and robust plays.

Jerwood New Playwright, Jasmine Lee-Jones’s debut play, seven methods of killing kylie jenner was recently staged in Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to critical acclaim: Lee Jones won Best Writer in The Stage Debut Awards 2019.

‘Jasmine Lee-Jones’s debut play is dazzlingly original, searingly articulate and savagely funny…. It’s thrillingly angry and ambitious and fantastically fresh. In short, it slays” – Sam Marlowe, The Times, July 2019

We look forward to seeing Jerwood New Playwright, Eve Leigh’s Midnight Movie to be staged in Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (27 November- 21 December 2019).

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The training ship, which was the recipient of a Capital Grant in 2002, has been making the most of the summer and has been spotted passing under the Jean Kennedy Fitzgerald Bridge in County Wexford, Ireland

 Photo: Dave Flynn



Jerwood Collection

Woman and Fish II, by Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) was recently loaned from Jerwood Collection to the exhibition This Life is so Everyday: The Home in British Art 1950-1980 at Museums Sheffield (30 Mar-6 July). As well as being viewed by almost 14,000 visitors, the painting played a prominent part in Research Curator Dr Abi Shapiro's related project The Kitchen Sink Too which reflected on the invisibility of women's perspectives of domesticity in early post-war art and the process of working with community groups to develop research towards the exhibition's theme of 'home'.

An article about the project has been published in issue 12 of British Art Studies, the journal co-published with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

Dr Shapiro notes 'Given that women at work in the home was a common subject in “kitchen sink” painting (unusually, so was depicting babies), it is important that Woman and Fish II is marked as an underrepresented interpretation of domestic experience.'

You can read the full article here:


Jerwood Arts

Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers published by Jerwood Arts and the Bridge Group was launched on Friday 5th July at the Manchester International Festival . Urging a step change in recruitment processes, the Toolkit draws on the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme’s decade of working with employers and influential research by the Bridge Group on increasing socio-economic diversity in the workplace and fostering inclusive and enabling organisational cultures.

Giving practical guidelines for employers and featuring case studies, the guide argues that socio-economic background should be given the same consideration as ethnicity, disability, gender and other ‘protected characteristics’ which are legally protected from discrimination.

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 Jerwood Space

At the beginning of July, an unexpected visiting company arrived on the scene at Jerwood Space rehearsing ‘To bee or not to bee’. They were safely removed and rehoused by The London Bee Company, but left behind some delicious honeycomb in lieu of their rehearsal space fee!


In other News


Emma Jane Unsworth's Animals was one of eight novels supported by the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2015. It has now been made into a film starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat and is out in cinemas today. Her new novel: Adults will be published in February 2020.

Writer Jasmine Lee-Jones and Director Milli Bhatia in rehearsal for 'seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court Theatre © Helen Murray