At the Octagon, we are always striving to push the boundaries of theatre and to hear from perspectives that we don't often hear from. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is at the centre of the story but we never truly see things from his point of view. That's why we commissioned three writers to write one full scene each, telling the story through Tom's eyes.
For Black History Month, we will be sharing the three scenes that were written by our commissioned writers.
This week's script is by Janice Okoh. In 2011 Janice won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for Three Birds, which was produced by Manchester Royal Exchange and the Bush Theatre in 2013. Her play Egusi Soup was produced by Menagerie/Soho Theatre in 2012, and she has also written short plays for Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Menagerie and Islington Community Theatre. Janice is also an established radio dramatist and she participated in the final BBC Drama Writers Academy in 2012-13.
Our next script is by Lorna French. Lorna won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2006 for her play Safe House. She was writer-in-residence at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in 2008-09, and she co-wrote These Four Streets for Birmingham Rep. She has also written for Silver Street (BBC Asian Network).
Another of our Investigate Day scripts is from May Sumbwanyambe. May is an award-winning playwright who is currently writing new stage plays, radio plays, operas and musicals on commission to The National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the BBC. In the summer of 2016 (May 2nd – May 28th) May’s play After Independence was produced by Papatango Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre in London.