WRiTEON is an open scriptwriting forum made up of a large and diverse group of writers, actors, directors and producers from the Cambridge region and beyond.
What we do:
- Provide a supportive and creative environment to encourage established and emerging playwrights, actors and directors to experiment and develop their skills.
- Organise professionally led Workshops for theatre, radio and screen writers, actors and directors.
- Stage Seasons of rehearsed readings such as our First Stage (formerly Naked Stage) and MaD (Monologues and Duologues) seasons.
- Stage fully-rehearsed, fully-staged Productions of new writing, such as our critically acclaimed collaborative project, Butterfly Effect (4 Stars- Varsity & Cambridge Theatre Review).
- Offer a paid Feedback service where our experienced drama practitioners and writers will read your script and offer you face-to-face feedback on your writing.
- Work with other organisations in Cambridgeshire to foster the vibrant new writing and community of our region.
Our Annual Report for 2014-15 is available here.
Our Annual Report for 2015-16 is available here.
Our Annual Report for 2017 is available here.
Our Annual Report for 2018 is available here.
Our Annual Report for 2020 is available here.
Who runs WRiTEON?
WRiTEON is run by a committee comprising:
Richard McNally – Co-Chairperson
Richard graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in Drama, before working for four years as Assistant Producer of professional theatre company Cambridge Touring Theatre (CTT). Upon leaving CTT he set up his own theatre company Twisted Willow Theatre, working for the National Trust and staging the innovative sell-out production Seven Words For Love. It was at this point that he was “headhunted” by WRiTEON. Since then he has joined the committee, produced seasons of staged readings, directed productions such as the critically acclaimed Butterfly Effect, ran Get it Write Workshops and done a spot of acting. It is Richard’s producing and directing skills that he primarily brings to the committee. He took over from Kim Komljanec as artistic director in 2018. Since then he conceived and ran The WRiTEON Stage Festival which saw 6 one-act plays performed for 5 nights at the three ADC Theatre venues. He also co-produced the 2019 season of First Stage and the Zoomologues project with Julia Bolden. He pleased to now be sharing the WRiTEON leadership responsibility with Julia.
Julia Bolden – Co-Chairperson
Julia happened upon WRiTEON when she moved to Cambridge in 2007. She joined the committee in 2008, took over the chair from Michelle Golder in December 2012 and passed it on to Kim Komljanec in February 2016. She continued to be involved in running workshops, producing and directing (including staging the two Wimpole Hall projects with Kim in 2016 & 2017 and being on Richard’s July 2019 WRiTEON Stage Festival team). She co-produced First Stage with Richard in November 2019 and together they set up the Zoomologues series (new writing presented on Zoom) during the 2020 pandemic. In the midst of the latter, she was asked to re-join the committee and surprised herself by agreeing without hesitation! She has had a number of her own scripts performed by WRiTEON (and a few rejected!). Other stagings of her writing have included Venus and Mars and Other Myths of Mr and Ms (Life Experience Productions, Edinburgh Fringe 2009), Alternate Slices (Twisted Willow, Corpus Playroom, 2018) and Come Dine With Mr Shakespeare (Roo Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe 2019). She took part in The Literal Challenge’s 28 Plays Later (2019) and 29 Plays Later (2020), writing a play a day throughout February.
David Monksfield – Treasurer
David joined the WRiTEON committee in 2007, and is now its longest-serving member. As well as being treasurer for six years, he has done a modest amount of acting (most notably playing a Welsh alien) and written a few comedy sketches. By day, David is a software engineer, lurking in a back room helping to make the internet work.
Mari has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. She writes plays, short stories, screenplays and contributes to MIR online magazine. She wrote and produced the short film “Esmeralda” (2019) which is being considered for film festivals in 2020/21. She is currently writing her first novel. As well as a big fan of Shakespeares, her favourite plays are Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’, Ibsen’s ‘The Dolls House’ and practically anything by Tennessee Williams – yeah, she’s old school.
Sultan was one of the stewards at the WRiTEON Stage Festival 2019 and 2020, and was subsequently asked to join the committee. Sultan has a diverse career and leisure-time experience, her main interests being in human behaviour, communication, and leadership skills. Sultan is a longstanding member of 3 Toastmasters International clubs, where she is actively developing her public speaking and leadership skills further. In the Cambridge club, she has served as Club President, run the first Speechcraft programme for Cambridge Union, and founded a new branch, namely Cambridge Assessment & Cambridge University Toastmasters Corporate Club. She also became the Area G41 director. More informally, she has offered stand-up comedy classes and has a strong interest in acting and theatre. Sultan is a life-long learner.
Andrew has done nearly every role in amateur theatre, except writer. He has been associated with WRiTEON since the early days, initially as a performer, and has taken part in numerous projects over the years. WRiTEON has also given him the opportunity to develop his directing skills, most recently with the WRiTEON festival in 2019. Before WRiTEON, he worked with Classworks in Cambridge, Oxford Dance Theatre (Fiddler on the Roof), Studio Theatre Club, Oxford (Life of Brian and more), ManAct (Sweatlodge Project at Tramway in Glasgow) and Strathclyde Theatre Group. He is by temperament an engineer.
Cara first encountered WRiTEON some time in 2003/2004 when she was chosen to play a non-dog walker for a script-in-hand monologue. Since then, she has played a gamut of characters in monologues, duologues, Zoomologues, workshops and anything else she can crowbar herself into for WRiTEON. She has also performed at The Brighton Fringe and Cambridge Fringe, for noted Cambridge playwrights, Paul Richards and Gytha Lodge respectively.
Originally from New Zealand, Cara has been acting in amateur productions since primary school. As a marketer, she realised one day she’d chosen exactly the right kind of job because it involved her writing as much as possible and frequently occupying the heads of personas (which is just another way of saying characters) to solve problems. Today she’s working on several children’s stories and novels, in the hope that one day her children will be forced to read them to their children, to keep their (grand)mother happy.
Susannah Rose studied English Literature at UCL, Acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. and Creative Writing at ICE at the University of Cambridge. In London she has worked in marketing roles at the Society of London Theatre, The Stage and the British Museum, and in Cambridge she works with the alumni of the University.
Susannah discovered WRITEON after moving to Cambridge and seeking out other writers, actors and theatre people. She is delighted to join the Committee and hopes to contribute to developing the WRITEON community; lending her skills from her professional life and supporting the brilliant work of its fiercely energetic co-Chairs, Richard and Julia.
Tracy James has been involved in Cambridgeshire amateur dramatics for over ten years. Her first association with WRiTEON was when she played an oak tree at Wimpole Hall, in one of the pieces written in 2016 to celebrate Capability Brown’s centenary. In the following year, she went on to direct a piece for the second WRiTEON Wimpole Project. She has acted in several First Stage pieces and appeared as a gargoyle in the 2019 WRiTEON Stage Festival at the ADC. More recently, she has appeared in several Zoomologues monologues and duologues.
Just prior to the pandemic, Tracy coordinated the costumes for several Cambridge shows. This rekindled her love of sewing and, with extra time on her hands, she spent much of lockdown honing her skills. Perhaps this will mean more sewing of costumes and less acting, as shows reopen. She loves the thrill of a show and just wants to be involved – be it on stage or behind the scenes.
How to Join the Committee?
Committee members are confirmed yearly at every AGM, though changes sometimes happen during the year, so do get in touch if you would like to put your own or someone else’s name forward for this role.
Who Runs Our Projects?
WRiTEON’s workshops, courses and projects are run either by WRiTEON’s members with relevant education or experience (as well as the needed time and interest) or by outside professionals. The fees paid to facilitators are agreed on a case-by-case basis, but when the facilitator is a WRiTEON member, this tends to be at a nominal rate. Course and project proposals are welcome from all WRiTEON members.
Want to take part?
WRiTEON is an open forum – we welcome people of all levels of experience, and value the socialising as well as the art! Have a browse of our website for details of what’s going on now – and come along to a performance or workshop to see what we do.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A History of WRiTEON Chairs
2020 Richard McNally & Julia Bolden
2019 Richard McNally
2018 Izzy Rees
2017 Kim Komljanec
2016 Kim Komljanec
2015 Julia Bolden
2014 Julia Bolden
2013 Julia Bolden
2012 Julia Bolden
2011 Michelle Golder
2010 Michelle Golder
2009 Michelle Golder
2008 Sarah Ingram
2007 Irsan Ismail
2006 Peter Daldorph
2005 Geoff Broad
2004 Peter Daldorph