Rough Draft #31: Martyrs
Wharf 2 TheatreFree
Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing
By Fregmonto Stokes
Conceived by Playwright Fregmonto Stokes, Martyrs is a new play in the earliest stages of development, inspired by the young Australians who have gone to fight in the Syrian civil war. The Australian government’s current policy is to criminalise Australians fighting on any side in the conflict. Those who do choose to go and fight can be arrested and charged on their return to Australia. Martyrs is a play that explores why young people are galvanised to get involved in this struggle, and the sometimes tragic implications of this idealism.
During the Rough Draft week, Stokes will work with our 2015 Richard Wherrett Fellow, director Paige Rattray (Power Plays), to devise and begin to sketch characters and scenes that will form the foundations of his play. They’ll share some of their process with you at the free public showing.
About Rough Drafts
Rough Drafts is an opportunity to see fragments of a work in progress and to gain insight into the theatre making process.
Rough Drafts support the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment with and grow their ideas. Writers and directors are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to embark on something currently unscripted or they might choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. The outcomes vary greatly according to the project.
At the end of the workshop week, we invite you into the development process to have a sneak peak of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings are an opportunity for the artists to try their ideas in front of an audience... and it’s a chance for you to learn about how new plays are made.