Picking up the right Threads

Luton playwright Teresa Burns
Luton playwright Teresa Burns

A chance remark by a university lecturer gave budding Luton playwright Teresa Burns the boost she needed to believe in her blossoming writing ability.

The former Cardinal Newman pupil – whose new play Threads opens at The Hat Factory on April 10 – recalled: “He read an extract from my first-ever play and said I might ‘have something.’”

That ‘something’ has turned into an award-winning talent for the 28-year-old who recently collected the Ideas Tap Short Film Fund Award for The Backseat, which was also shortlisted for last year’s Bath Film Festival’s IMDb’s Script to Screen Award.

Teresa, co-director of How it Ended productions, said: “My background is totally in theatre, so it was a real surprise that the script was so well received. I’m very excited about branching out into film as it’s a new medium for me to explore.”

In the meanwhile she’s also very proud of Threads, a play written with and for Next Generation Youth Theatre. and funded by Arts Council England.

She’s full of praise for NGYT and the opportunities it offers Luton’s aspiring theatrical set.

She said: “It not only provides a vital platform where young people can express themselves but goes one step further and nurtures that talent.”

Threads is a brave new piece of theatre about growing up in a modern world.

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