Wednesday 21st September 2016

Lookout Point supports National Theatre on New Writer in Residence Programme 2016/17.

Drama producer Lookout Point continue to highlight their commitment to developing and nurturing new writing talent by supporting the National Theatre on their New Writer in Residence Programme 2016/17.

Anupama Chandrasekhar is a Chennai based playwright. Her plays have been staged at leading venues in India, Europe, Canada, the US and the UK, and include Free Out Going and Disconnect which played at the Royal Court to great critical acclaim.

Anupama said: “I’m thrilled and overwhelmed at the faith the National Theatre have placed in me. This is an unprecedented opportunity for me to learn, share, explore and grow. I’m sure the distance from my homeland will offer me new lenses with which to view my culture and history and the NT’s support system will give me the freedom and focus to write the kind of plays I want to write. I can’t wait to get started on this new journey. “

This new programme will see Chandrasekhar begin a twelve month residency for the National Theatre’s New Work department led by Emily McLaughlin. Following this, she will work with Lookout Point’s award-winning team led by joint CEO Faith Penhale to develop TV script ideas. Anupama will follow in the footsteps of previous National Theatre Writer in Residence Mike Bartlett (Charles III, Doctor Foster, The Town) who is currently working with Lookout Point on the recently announced newspaper drama series for BBC1, Press.

Lookout Point’s joint CEO Faith Penhale comments “We’re thrilled to be supporting the National Theatre and the incredibly talented Anupama on this exciting programme. Through this partnership we aim, not only to develop a strong relationship with the National Theatre and Anu, an exciting emerging writer, but also build on our reputation as a home for new, alternative and diverse writing talent.”

Emily McLaughlin, Head of New Work at the National Theatre said “Anupama joins the National at an exciting time, succeeding Suhayla El-Bushra as the NT’s new Writer in Residence. I first got to know and understand Anupama’s potential through the work of Elyse Dodgson and the Royal Court’s International Department. This post is a brilliant opportunity for a writer to use the broad resources that the National Theatre has to offer and we are thrilled that Anupama will be our first international Writer in Residence.”