North East Playwrights
A Conversation between Vici Wreford-Sinnott and Kaite O'Reilly
Image description - on the left is a portrait of Kaite O'Reilly with fair wavy hair. She is smiling and wearing long beaded earrings and a cream coloured lace top. On the right is Vici Wreford-Sinnott who is also smiling, and has dyed teal hair with a spotted scarf to match and a black top. She is holding a notebook and pen.
I was delighted to be invited to select a playwright to interview as part of NE Playwright Two Write project. Kaite O'Reilly, an incredibly accomplished writer, director, dramaturg and producer, working across mediums of theatre, radio and screen, is someone I have admired for many, many years.
An invitation from them to you:
"We hope that you can join us at North East Playwrights for the last in our TWO WRITE series of conversations featuring Vici Wreford-Sinnott and Kaite O’Reilly on
Tuesday 14th September on Zoom between 7.30-9.30pm.
About the writers:
The award-winning, much published and internationally performed Kaite O'Reilly is a longstanding member of the disability arts community and has also enjoyed considerable mainstream theatre success. Her recent film The Almond and The Seahorse - starring Rebel Wilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ruth Madely is in post-production. For more details about Kaite’s career see her website - https://kaiteoreilly.com/about
Vici Wreford-Sinnott is an activist and theatre and screen writer/director. She is Artistic Director of Little Cog Theatre Company which is a disabled-led production company based in the North East. Most recently, she wrote and directed Hen Night, a BBC Culture In Quarantine Commission, inspired by the book 'Crippled' by Frances Ryan and currently available on BBC iPlayer. She recently received an Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2021 Journal Culture Awards. www.viciwreford-sinnott.com
As a starting point for the conversation, Vici writes:
“As a disabled, political woman, who writes and directs theatre to ensure hidden narratives are visible and to spotlight one of the biggest humanitarian cultural scandals of our age – the (mis)representation of disabled people on our stages - I’d love to talk about political narratives, whether it is possible to measure change brought about by our work, and why we seem to have to make audiences cry to have an impact these days.”
The conversation will also encompass conventions of dramatic structure, narratives for women, contemporary stories and the differences in writing for stage and screen. It will be followed by a Q and A session with the writers.
Please RSVP to email@example.com so that we can send you the Zoom link for the session. The session is BSL interpreted but in your RSVP please let us know about any access requirements you have at your earliest convenience so that we can make arrangements."