From January 2015, Joe will spend a year with Pentabus as writer in residence.
During this time he will write a new play, work with the Young Writers Group, and immerse himself fully in the life of the company. Joe won the bursary with ‘Pangaea’, a moving and inventive play about what home means when the nuclear family breaks apart. Joe is the company’s second bursary winning writer in as many years. Simon Longman won a bursary under the same scheme last year with his play Milked, which will tour nationally in spring 2015.
Pentabus Artistic Director Elizabeth Freestone said: ‘It’s great that Joe’s talent has been recognised by the Channel 4 panel, and brilliant for us to have another gifted writer coming to spend a year with us. It’s so important for writers to get a real understanding of what it’s like to be in the midst of a working theatre company and it’s wonderful for us to have a working artist at the heart of our building. Joe will take full part in the life of the company, reading scripts, working with our Young Writers Group, coming to Board meetings. And he’ll also have the time and space he needs to focus on his writing. I know he’ll write something beautiful and brilliant during his year with us.’
Playwright Joe White said: ‘I am beyond chuffed to win this bursary and be given the remarkable opportunity to be Pentabus’s next Writer in Residence. I fell in love with Pentabus immediately – their ethos, camaraderie and body of work is invigorating – and I feel hugely proud to be part of this inspiring theatre’s next chapter. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with new writers, helping to make their words come to life, and, beyond everything else, I’m excited to write a new play under open skies and in real country dark. Pentabus is an incredible company, and I feel lucky to be supported by them and Channel 4. 2015 can’t come quickly enough.’