The Meerkats are playwrights Nicola Cameron, Alli Davies, Mhairi Ledgerwood and Louise Taylor.
We met at ARC Stockton’s New Playwrights Laboratory in 2012, where we each had plays performed as part of The Short Sharp Festival. Since then we have all become members of ARC’s ARCADE Writers group, attending regular workshop sessions and performances encouraged and supported by ARC’s Helen Ferguson and Annabel Turpin. We’re now setting out to write and produce our own performances, and we hope you’ll join us on the journey!
Nicola graduated from Teesside University with an MA in Creative Writing in 2011. Since then she has written 3 short plays which have been performed in Scratch Nights at ARC Stockton, and as part of the New Playwrights’ Laboratory’s Short Sharp Festival. She also writes comics and is the creator of the Shiny Happy People Pulling Teeth zine. Nicola is currently working on her first full-length play, and spends her daytimes looking after the little furry-type meerkats you’re probably more used to, that have yet to write any plays…
You can find Nicola on Twitter as @NicolaCameron7
Alli Davies is a writer based in Northumberland. She’s a graduate of Northumbria University’s MA in Creative Writing where she went to finish a novel and ended up writing a screenplay. Her work has been published by Alliterati Magazine, Ink, Sweat and Tears, the Black Light Engine Room, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Guardian Weekly and EthnoTraveler Magazine. Her plays have been performed at ARC Stockton and Live Theatre and in 2011 she was listed for the BBC Radio 4 Alfred Bradley Bursary. In 2012 her short play Toast won the Short, Sharp Festival of New Playwriting at ARC Stockton, and the script is now being developed into a full length piece for performance in 2013. Alli firmly believes that tea tastes best when it’s made in a pot and that you should never hit an octopus with a shovel.
Mhairi Ledgerwood is originally from Lennoxtown, near Glasgow, and now lives in Darlington. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Teesside University. Her poetry was featured in The Eye of Temenos: Reflections on Sacred Space and her plays Many Happy Returns, Radio and Looking for Narnia, have had rehearsed readings at the ARC, Stockton. She also received mentoring from Writers Block NE as part of their development programme. Mhairi is currently on the hunt for the perfect tuna sandwich.
You can find Mhairi on Twitter as @meledgerwood.
Louise is an interaction designer and playwright based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her plays have been performed at the 24:7 Festival in Manchester, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Customs House and ARC Stockton. Her short play Two Rings was a finalist in the 2011 Off Cut Festival at the Riverside Studios in London, and her latest work A Small Donation was recently shortlisted for Routes North by ARC Stockton, The Lowry and Theatre in The Mill, Bradford. Ask her if she’s been baking. The answer is nearly always ‘Yes, would you like some?’