Penarth playwright has award-winning play chosen for stage production
1:10pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A PENARTH-born playwright has been chosen from 250 others to have her award-winning play produced for stage.
Katherine Chandler’s Parallel Lines – winner of the BBC Wales Drama Award last year– will be brought to life for a two-week run in November.
Cardiff company Dirty Protest Theatre are behind the production of the play which focuses on the taboo subject of student-teacher relationships.
Her work was chosen by a panel including former Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies and Emmy-award winning Abi Morgan.
Swansea-born Davies said: “In the end you’re looking for an individual voice and what I loved about Katherine’s piece is the fact it’s a very strong play. She has so much to say about the world.”
Parallel Lines follows the relationship which develops between 15-year-old Steph and her teacher Simon.
The premiere will be staged at Chapter Arts Centre in November.
Director Catherine Paskell said: “When Parallel Lines won the inaugural Wales Drama Award last year, we knew it was the perfect play for Dirty Protest to bring to the stage.
“With her unique, authentic voice, Cardiff writer Katherine Chandler has written a play that is urgent, gripping and darkly funny," she said. "The themes of power, class and truth make Parallel Lines truly relevant to contemporary Cardiff audiences.
“We know that this production will inspire, provoke and entertain audiences who are already fans of Dirty Protest's accessible, exciting productions, as well as introducing a whole new audience to our work.”
Dirty Protest Theatre prides itself on introducing new Welsh writers to audiences.
In October they will celebrate a whole weekend dedicated to a new breed of Welsh talent, called Dirty, Gifted and Welsh.
Parallel Lines will be at the Chapter Arts Centre from Wednesday 20 November to Saturday 30 November
For more see
www.dirtyprotesttheatre.co.uk or www.chapter.org