Chance for writers to adapt Wheatle novel

Published: 1 July 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Writer of the novel Home Girl, Alex Wheatle

Professional writers born, raised or based in the Midlands, are being invited to apply to adapt Alex Wheatle MBE’s novel Home Girl which is scheduled to run at Derby Theatre during summer 2021.

This specially commissioned adaption of the novel will be directed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director Sarah Brigham and will be performed by a professional company of actors and young performers.

Home Girl follows the story of a young girl in care who struggles to adapt to the foster care system. The adaptation should be no longer than one hour and needs to be suitable for a cast of 15–30 performers and an audience aged 11 and above.

Wheatle also wrote Crongton Knights which was adapted by Emteaz Hussain and presented by Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal early in 2020.

Writers with at least two professional production credits should apply by midday on Monday 6 July. Further details are available at the Derby Theatre web site.