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Southwest Scriptwriters returns to Bristol's Old Vic
Catherine Johnson
Bristol's Catherine Johnson has been a Southwest Scriptwriters' guest speaker

A writing workshop, based in Bristol, is coming back to the Old Vic after an absence of two years.

Southwest Scriptwriters, which has been meeting in a local pub since the Old Vic closed in 2007, will return on Tuesday, 12 January, 2010.

Southwest Scriptwriters is a new workshop which specialises in dramatic work for stage, screen and radio.

It allows emerging writers to hear their work performed and to receive valuable feedback from their peers.

The group has resulted in the development of several important new theatrical voices.

One of those 'voices' is Peter Kesterton, whose stage debut Air Guitar was co-produced by Southwest Scriptwriters and Bristol Old Vic in 2006.

Mr Kesterton's radio play, One In A Million, was heard on BBC Radio 4 on December 9.

As well as workshopping new writing, Southwest Scriptwriters invites guest speakers to come and tell members about their writing experience.

'Real buzz'

Past speakers include Bristol's Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia!), Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and Andrew Smaje, Artistic Director of Bath's Ustinov Theatre.

Southwest Scriptwriters' Artistic Director Tim Massey said: "There's never been a better time to be a dramatic writer in Bristol.

"The growing number of performance spaces coupled with all the new writing initiatives, especially at the Old Vic, has created a real buzz that's doing wonders for the city's creative profile."

The current Honorary President of the Southwest Scriptwriters is the prolific TV writer Michael Jenner, whose credits include Taggart, EastEnders, Heartbeat and Holby City.

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