New Black Showcase: Spotlight on Erinn Dhesi

Posted on 13 October 2017

The Belgrade is preparing to present its fifth New Black Showcase, giving audiences a chance to hear stories from the most exciting new writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Four new plays will be showcased across three nights from Weds 1 – Fri 3 Nov, as script-in-hand readings by a professional company of actors in our B2 auditorium.

In this series of blogs, we shine the spotlight on the writers whose work will presented as part of the showcase, starting with Erinn Dhesi.

What is your play called? #Adjustment

What is your play about?
Social Media, (intersectional) Feminism and Identity.

Where did the idea come from for your play? What was your inspiration?
The idea to incorporate the social media use of the characters that only the audience can see came to me when I was 19 and on a night out. I was sitting with my friends on the bus and thought: ‘I wonder what I would see whilst they’re on their phones?’ I was pretty drunk.

How do you feel about hearing your piece read aloud in front of an audience for the first time?
Nervous. Excited. Honoured.

How did you get involved with Critical Mass?
I lived in London for 4 years and did quite a few comedy and writing workshops whilst I was there and I found them really engaging. When I moved back to the Midlands I knew if I didn’t do something creative with my spare time I would die inside. So I did a bit of googling and found the course!

What one piece of advice would you give to new and aspiring playwrights?
Watch as many plays of many different genres as you can, whilst you’re writing. Even if you think the play is crap you will always learn something new or realise something about your own writing that you hadn’t considered.

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