WildChild are excited to announce the six brand new, under-represented writers chosen for WriteWild 2022: Sebastian Rex, Liv Woodward, Gail Egbeson, Alice Lazar, Yvonne Shelling and Beth Westbrooke. Over the next twelve months these writers will be provided with bespoke mentorship, resources, script development sessions and opportunities to pitch their work to leaders within the world of TV and theatre headed up by lead mentor and WildChild founder Oliver Lansley (writer of Amazon Prime television series Flack). The scheme will begin June 2022 for one year finishing with a final showcase to pitch to industry leaders. WriteWild 2022 is supported by Hat Trick Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions.
These new writers follow in the footsteps of the successful WriteWild 2021 which saw the writers win TV commissions and paid script development work, accept on prestigious schemes (BAFTA, Oxford Playmakers, BFI Flare, CBBC mentorship), sign to top literary agents, presented their work to industry leaders at WriteWild’s showcase at Park Theatre, London, and receive their first TV writing credits.
The WildChild company was formed by established theatre-makers Christa Harris & Oliver Lansley (Les Enfants Terribles) in 2019 after identifying a severe lack of social mobility for generations of young creatives and has patrons that include esteemed talent; Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster), Lucian Msamati (Game of Thrones) and Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You). The aim of the organisation is to provide opportunities that under represented writers currently have less access to due to their backgrounds. WildChild is not a charity. It is an investment into our cultural future. Homogeny is destructive to the creative industries and we know a diverse arts culture is a powerful arts culture.
Meet the 2022 WriteWild cohort…
Nicola Sindler OBE, Executive Producers, Quay Street Productions says
“Wildchild offers talented young writers who might not normally be given the chance to learn their craft and bring different and diverse voices into their industries.”
David Simpson, Head of Comedy, TIGER ASPECT says
“It is fantastic news that Wildchild are continuing their brilliant work from last year with WriteWild 2022. The support and guidance Wildchild provides is unrivalled and that, along with the camaraderie of the writers themselves, make this scheme a wonderful environment and an amazing opportunity to learn and grow for professional writers.”
WriteWild 2021 writer Florence Espeut-Nickless says
“I could never have imagined the impact WildChild would have on my career and the extent of the support i’ve received” Florence has since gone on to gain agency at Curtis Brown, is one of the writers on Homer’s Odyssey at the National Theatre and receiving 5 stars touring her play ‘DESTINY’.
Co-founder Oliver Lansley (writer of Amazon Prime television series Flack) says
“After the overwhelming success of WriteWild’s first year, we are thrilled to announce the new intake for 2022. We have no doubt this really exciting group of writers will be the next to take the world by storm.”