Young Playwright To See Work Performed in Brighton

Sophie Swithinbank hopes to bring her play to Chiswick


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Local drama student Sophie Swithinbank's full-length play, THE SUPERHERO, is being produced at Brighton Open Air Theatre on July 5th.

The play will be performed at the Starboard Festival, which is aimed at children and young people up to the age of 21.

Sophie, who is from Chiswick, is currently a student of MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and is writing scripts as often as possible. She hopes to see her work performed in Chiswick someday.

Recently, Sophie has written for and produced a night of short plays in London called 8Squared, where her play SLEEPOVER was staged. THE SUPERHERO is Sophie's first full-length play.

She has now set up a crowdfunding site to help get the play off the ground.

THE SUPERHERO is a dark comedy. Its themes include climate change, puberty and identity. It is set in the fictitious future. The Gulf Stream has shifted and the majority of the planet is blanketed in ice. As a result, a group of humans have evolved into superheroes. The story follows Kate, a strange, bookish girl who is a Superhero but does not know it yet. Defrosted mammoths roam the streets, while pesky penguins meddle with recycling systems.

Says Sophie: "The festival are unable to provide us with any funding, so we are appealing to you, the kind and generous public. Any donations given will be spent on props, costume, and travel, and would be greatly appreciated."

Tickets will be available shortly from:


May 14, 2016

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