After presenting his play Words From The Void as a public rehearsed reading in March, Blackpool actor and writer Stephen Wymark has been offered sponsorship to take his work out on a small scale North West tour.
“I was quite nervous at the reading because I had only just completed the draft the week before,” says Stephen. “However, it went very well and I received positive audience feedback afterwards.”
He was later approached by Ian Lamond, of Blackpool based independent arts development network Od Ghoti, offering support.
Od Ghoti Arts was formed in 1992 and has supported numerous North West projects – most recently the Diversions writing project with Blackpool Arts Team and Wyre Borough Council, and Wordpool’s Fringe Friday, both for Blackpool Library Service in 2011.
“We are very interested in developing new work, particularly non-mainstream forms which challenge convention,” says Ian Lamont. “This is the area where we believe Stephen’s work lies.
“We are impressed with the way he has independently self-promoted his work, without losing faith in the arts market in such a difficult economic climate.”
Says Stephen: “It is difficult being the writer, director and performer whilst also having to self-fund and do all my own marketing. With outside involvement it will hopefully take some of that pressure off me so that I can concentrate more on the creative side.”
Words From The Void will be previewed at the Adrian Pritchard Gallery, BA Dept Studios Gallery, Rear of 13 Manchester Road, Blackpool on June 22 at 8pm to an invited audience. It will then be at the Lawrence House Studio, Blackpool Grand Theatre, June 29 at 8pm before heading to Buxton Fringe Festival on July 4 and 7.