Freshblood New Writing is a drama society that has specialised in new, student written theatre for over fifteen years. Across more than a decade of producing original student work we have done everything from full-length plays in the Warwick Arts Centre to radio plays, monologues, scratch nights, and so much more!
Whether you are interested in writing, directing, performing, producing or simply having a good laugh with one of the oldest and busiest societies on campus, Freshblood New Writing is the one for you.
So what do we do?
We like writing and developing student material. If you've never penned a play before, or if you're itching to see some of your material realised on stage, our fantastic writer's workshops are the best place to start. Every week our dramaturg runs a quick-fire writing workshop called Off the Cuff, where you get the chance to interact with fellow writers and develop your technique and ideas. Experience is absolutely not essential - if all you have is an idea, then that's enough! Alternatively, we will always need budding performers to read and put the new material on it's feet, so don't be put off if you're not a keen writer, we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved!
We like plays. Here at Freshblood New Writing, we don't beat around the bush. We're a drama society. We like plays. And we like doing them. A lot. For example -
Every year, Freshblood Theatre hosts 'FreshFest', a week long drama festival which showcases a number of short, student-written plays in quirky, Fringe-like venues across campus. It sees the participation of a massive range of students whether they be performers, directors, writers, producers, designers, or tech crew. Freshfest 2021 was held online, and can be viewed here to get a taste of the massive range of writing we produce: http://youtu.be/loKReJGB8LY
Fancy writing something full-length? Our termly FreshFund allocates a small pot of money to a successful script and team, and supports you along the way to putting it on stage - whether that's in the black box studios of the Faculty of Arts Building, Avon, or Millburn House, or even outside!
And finally, since 2009 Freshblood Theatre have also produced over a dozen plays that have been staged in the Warwick Arts Centre Studio - a professional venue situated in the heart of campus, and all of them original ideas or adaptations, with audiences made up of both the student population and the general public.
In addition to all that great stuff, we have taken five shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and staged many, many more at student drama festivals across the country.
But mainly we like writing plays, which is why our workshop programme is as strong as it is - we have even collaborated with external companies to explain how they write and help everyone with their own work!
We like having socials. Speaks for itself, really. Regular socials to see some excellent theatre (on & off campus!) and some equally excellent bars/pubs to boot.
So what are you waiting for? Take your work from page to stage with Freshblood New Writing.
President: Phoebe Paisieres
Secretary: DJ Lee
Treasurer: Louis Barrett
Productions Manager: Cat Heald
Dramaturg: Matty Curry
Marketing Manager: Anya Idrizi
Social Secs: Ben Parkinson and Adam Littleproud
FreshFest Co-ordinators: Zviko Chitando and Cordelia Bowden
Diversity and Outreach Officers: Lya Elmahdy and Lara Bird
We suggest that all Freshblood members read and understand the written constitution as it is a requirement that all of our members adhere to the guidelines. If there are any questions about this, please contact Phoebe Paisieres (President) or Cat Heald (Productions Manager).
Our Constitution can be found here.
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