The Writers

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Sandra Bendelow

Sandra is a scriptwriter and theatre producer. As a writer she works in all mediums: theatre, radio, TV and film and enjoys cross-platform presentation of work including web and social media interfaces.

She was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme for emerging theatre writers and her TV script Dead Gran Walking was placed in the 3rd Round of the Red Planet TV Competition (last 25 of 2,500 entries) and the final 12 of the BBC Drama Wales Award. She has been commissioned to write for the Dirty Protest play-in-a-bag project. She is currently working on a full-length play for theatre inspired by the Talybont floods called Floodstain and adapting her TV script Dead Gran Walking for radio.

Matt Christmas

Matt gained a Masters degree in Screenwriting from the University of the West of England in 2006 before promptly being lured away by the promise of paid work, some of which even materialised. The EarCandy project represents Matt’s first attempt at writing a script that doesn’t rely primarily on pictures to tell the story, a process he has found surprisingly liberating and certainly challenging. Although he is still most inspired by the prospect of one day writing for TV or film, his recent work as a performer in the theatre has awakened a desire to write a full length play. He has set himself a deadline to do so before the end of 2013.

Branwen Davies

Branwen is a third year PhD student in the Theatre, Film and Television Department at Aberystwyth University. Branwen writes in Welsh and English. She is a founder member of ‘Agent 160 Theatre Company’ and Welsh language theatre company ‘Torri Gair’ and has written for Sherman Cymru, Dirty Protest, Undeb Theatre Company and Sgript Cymru. She co-wrote ‘The Exquisite Corpse’ for True Fiction Theatre Company which was performed at the Millenium Centre Cardiff, The Edinburgh Festival and Southwark Playhouse. She also co-wrote the Welsh language play ‘Dominos’ for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She is currently under commission with Living Pictures and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to write a play that will be performed at Sherman Cymru in September 2013.

Carmel George

Carmel George is a Director & Performer who has turned her hand to playwrighting. Her first full length play, I’m on the Train first showcased at the Open Platform at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2010 and toured to small venues in Mid/North Wales and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford in 2011. Carmel was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme. Her short play Not Quite Yet written for the PlayPen showcase will be produced later this year.

Tracey Goddard

Tracey Goddard is currently studying on the Scriptwriting for Screen and Radio Masters Degree scheme. This is the first piece where she has had written input; co-writing with Julie Grady Thomas

Julie Grady Thomas

Julie Grady Thomas is an American journalist, comedian and scriptwriter living in Wales. Her work has appeared in such American publications as Pulse, Foodies of New England, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Item and The Auburn News as well as the international publications La Nouvelle République and elleuk.com. Julie is also the author of 20 Artists of Worcester, a collaborative exploration of American artists and their studios. Last fall she made her theatre debut with Death of a Traffic Warden in the Aberystwyth Writing for Performance Group's showcase Town With No Traffic Wardens. In 2012, Julie placed in the top 100 of the prestigious screenwriting competition the Red Planet Prize, but she's currently working on the feature film Broken Boys as well as her one-act play Cookhouse, which will have its debut in Autumn 2013 in Aberystwyth. Keep an eye out for her stand-up and a collaborative web series that should hit the web within the next year!

Christopher T Harris

Christopher’s works include for the Drama Association of Wales, Great Mundane (Adjudicator’s Award, DAW Festival 2010); For the National Eisteddfod, The Fallen Night (Winner, Best Production and Best Actor under 25 Awards) ; Pine Heads at the Youth Council of Chepstow (Available through Lulu Publishing); Foul West (Broadway’s Society) and Walk on Mars (Aberystwyth Art's Centre & Arad Goch). His most recent play Sick was performed for Scriptography Productions and Playgoers New Generation and won three DAW Awards for Best Youth Production, Best Youth Performance and Best Director. In July, he joins The Oxford North Wall Theatre for their Summer residency as a playwright.

Catrin Fflur Huws

Catrin has written for Castaway Community Theatre since 2008. Catrin was selected for the Sherman Cymru Spread The Word scheme for emerging writers in English language and is currently on the Sherman Cymru Gair Ar Led emerging writers scheme in Welsh language. Her first full length play about Alan Turing, To Kill the Machine was produced by Scriptography Productions, it premiered at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2012 and toured to Swansea and Cardiff. To Kill a Machine was selected for a reading as part of the Theatr Clwyd Picnic Plays in their Celtic Festival , it is currently being developed further by Catrin Fflur Huws and will be re-launched in 2014 and will tour extensively in Wales and the rest of the UK. Catrin is currently writing the summer show for Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Castaway Community Theatre, Rain of Blood. She is also currently developing a welsh language version of To Kill A Machine.

Tony Jones

Tony Jones has been involved in all of the group's productions. For Beginnings he wrote and performed Ten Weeks, for Town with No Traffic Wardens he wrote a short play called Warden.

He was selected for the Sherman Cymru's "Spread The Word" programme for emerging writers and his play Process was chosen for a script-in-hand reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

He was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Unsigned Welsh Comedian competition but now feels too old to talk to strangers about bodily functions.

Rachel McAdam

Since finishing her creative writing studies with the Open University in 2011 with distinction, Rachel McAdam has concentrated on screenwriting. In 2012 she was short-listed for the BBC writer’s room rapid response competition with her short script ‘Candlelight’, and for the Wales Drama Award (BBC Cymru and National Theatre of Wales’, with her feature length script ‘Waste Not’. She also was one of fifty winners in the international short screenplay competition 50 Kisses with her short, ‘The Price of Romance’.

Debbie Moon

Debbie Moon began writing about 10 years ago and has around 50 short stories published in the UK and US. Her novel Falling was published in 2004 and long-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year award. She co-wrote the horror movie The Seventh Dimension, wrote two episodes of CBBC’s The Sparticle Mystery, and her CBBC series Wolfblood won the RTS Television Award for Best Childrens Drama. Filming for the second series of Wolfblood is currently completing. It will be on CBBC later this year. Debbie was selected for Sherman Cymru Spread the Word scheme for emerging writers for theatre. Debbie blogs about TV and film writing at Never Get Off The Bus

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Dean Scott

Dean Scott started his creative life producing music, some of which found its way onto BBC Radio 1 and Radio Wales, as well as running a small record label. New to writing he is currently studying for an MA in scriptwriting at Aberystwyth University after gaining a degree in International Politics. He has various projects in the works including a horror film set in the 1840s South Wales Valleys, a horror radio play, he is developing a criminal television drama, and working on a stack of other film and TV ideas. He would like to write genre scripts that deal with political and social issues and the effects such issues have on ordinary people.

Dean Scott
Sarah Taylor

Originally hailing from Yorkshire, Sarah Taylor lives and works in Aberystwyth. She has had short stories published in Honno anthologies,The Western Mail and in Chawton House's Jane Austen-inspired collection Wooing Mr Wickham. Her short monologue Kits don't come in Pink was performed on Radio 5 Live. When not writing, Sarah pursues her other great love - singing with AberOpera, the chamber opera group that she established with a group of friends in 2011. Her debut with the Writing for Performance group was Baby Talk, a short play about a babysitter who gets more than she bargains for, and demonstrated her favourite writing style - real life but with a bit of a twist.

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