About this project
The Miniaturists are launching a podcast!
Since 2005, we have been the country’s leading short play night, staging shortform work from the most exciting established and emerging writers around, including Stephen Jeffreys, Milly Thomas, Owen McCafferty, Tom Morton-Smith and Phoebe Eclair-Powell. Now we’re embracing the podcast revolution by taking our small but perfectly formed plays to the audio world.We’re thrilled to be working with some truly incredible writers for this project. Look at this lovely bunch!
Phoebe is a Channel 4 Playwright at Soho Theatre 2016. Her credits include These Bridges (NT Connections), Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre), Epic Love and Pop Songs (Pleasance Islington, Pleasance Ten Dome), TORCH for flipping the bird (Latitude Festival, Underbelly Fringe), Fury (runner up Verity Bargate award, winner of Soho Young Writer’s Award, Soho Theatre 2016), WINK (Nominated for four ‘Offies’ including ‘Most Promising New Playwright’, Theatre 503).
Vinay Patel is an award winning writer known for his play True Brits, which was developed as part of his attachment to High Tide and played at the Assembly Hall in the Edinburgh Fringe, the Bush theatre RADAR festival and the Vaults Festival, as well as BAFTA and RTS award winning BBC drama Murdered by my Father. He’s currently under commission at the Bush Theatre as well as having numerous television dramas in development.
Camilla is a playwright and evil witch from Hastings (ed: she wrote this bio not us by the way. We think she's a nice witch). She trained as an actor at the Birmingham School of Acting and as a bartender at a pub in Covent Garden. She wrote WHERE DO LITTLE BIRDS GO? (Vault/Underbelly/Old Red Lion) and MR INCREDIBLE (Vault/Underbelly). She is a double Vault Festival award winner, single Royal Society of Literature grant award winner, and triple threat. She is currently working with the Bush Theatre and Boundless Theatre.
Isley Lynn's play Skin A Cat won Pick Of The Year at the 2016 Vault Festival, and was nominated for four Off West End Awards including Best New Play and Most Promising New Playwright. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (2012) and Royal Court Invitation Studio Group (2013), and a HighTide First Commissions 2017-18 writer.
For Radio 4, Al Smith has written LifeLines (for which he won the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Series), Life in the Freezer, Everyday Time Machines, Culture, The Postman of Good Hope and Radio. For theatre, he has written Harrogate (Royal Court Theatre / HighTide) and Diary of a Madman (Gate Theatre). For TV he has written lots of eps of various soaps.
With these writers we will be making an initial season of five radio plays that you’ll be able to download for free and listen to on the tube, in the bath or while you’re doing the ironing - it’s your call, we’re not going to tell you how to lead your life.
Directing, editing, producing and bringing general sound wizardry to each episode will be Andy Goddard - who has produced critically acclaimed Wooden Overcoats (Best Fiction Silver Award, British Podcast Awards; “As good, if not better, than any Radio 4 comedy offering”, The Guardian), Hector vs The Future (Drama Podcast Library’s podcast of the month) The Unseen Hour and most recently Andy Hamilton’s Inside Donald Trump.
We’re also delighted to be partnering with Goldsmiths University for this project. They will be providing us with a professional recording studio to ensure we are delivering the highest-quality work to our listeners. We’ll also be working with Goldsmiths students, training them in the areas of script supervision, sound editing and production support.
As a project, The Miniaturists Podcast offers a great deal:
- Our writers will be able to explore and test their skills in a dynamic new medium
- The students we work with will develop practical experience that will have a lasting and positive impact far beyond this project
- The Miniaturists will be able to expand in a bold new direction while retaining the central ethos that has made it such a successful and well-loved institution
- A chance for our work to reach whole new audiences and be experienced by our existing fans in a fresh, exciting way
Risks and challenges
Podcasting is a growing medium that’s getting a lot of people very excited, including listeners, creators and supporters. This is obviously fantastic for us, but it does mean we are launching our project into a vast, ever-growing sea of content. The biggest challenge for us is how we ensure we make a splash when there is so much on offer.
But we believe we’ve got the chops to do it. We care passionately about this project and our collective experience as a team, from curating and running the acclaimed Miniaturists short play night, working with artists to create their most adventurous work yet, to launching many successful story-led podcasts, puts us in the ideal position to deliver this exciting new enterprise and reach listeners far and wide - we just need your help to make it a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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