This week on Elevenses with CEC Sandy Thomson speaks with screenwriter and theatre-maker, Somalia Seaton who will pull back the curtain on her life as a multi-platform creative writer. Somalia will give her honest insight into what it’s like to create for the stage as opposed to television, what it’s like to collaborate in writers room compared to solo work for theatre and how to work for different kinds of commissioning organisations. And we’ll hear what she’s up to now, with her latest project from her new lockdown location in New York.
More about Somalia
Somalia was awarded a Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist award for ‘Fall of the kingdom, Rise of the foot soldier’ at The RSC. Other notable productions include ‘House’ with Clean Break Assembly rooms, Edinburgh, and The Yard, London and ‘Crowning Glory’ with Stratford East.
Her debut play Crowning Glory was produced by Stratford East and shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014. It was also published by Oberon Books, along with most of her published work.
Somalia has a strong interest in the cross over and meeting of community engagement and the arts. With a specific interest in working with the young as well as those with special needs and disabilities, with over ten years’ experience working in the arts engagement sector; she has run masterclasses and projects for the following organisations; Royal Court
Theatre, National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, Company 3, and The Almeida to name a few. Somalia is a tutor for Royal Court Theatre’s Intro to Playwriting group and regularly lectures at East 15 Acting School.
Somalia was the founder of No Ball Games Allowed (NBGA), a youth-focused arts organisation.