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New Writing: Graduate Katherine Chandler @ The Sherman

14 May 2019

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‘A devastating night out’, according to The Guardian, Lose Yourself, the new play at the Sherman boasts a range of Royal Welsh College talent.

Written by Sherman’s playwright in residence, graduate Katherine Chandler, directed by RWCMD acting lecturer and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist, Patricia Logue, and featuring recent grad Tim Preston as one of the three cast members –

the play explores drinking culture, male and female relationships and celebrity status.

Katherine Chandler

It was chosen as one of The Stage’s Top Theatre Picks for this week, The Guardian has given it a four star review, and twitter comments praise the ‘phenomenal direction,’ the ‘powerful performances’ and the ‘shattering writing.’

Katherine, who didn’t experience theatre until she was 18, had her passion for theatre ignited by her work experience and subsequent job at the Sherman.

She then went on to study Stage Management at the College before starting her play-writing career.

Tim Preston, Anthony Boyle and Rhys Whomsley in the College production of Mojo. Photo

In a few short years her first play, Before it Rains, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and won a Writers’ Guild Playwright Award.

It was programmed by the Sherman in a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic, and Katherine was set on her way to becoming ‘one of the most vital voices in Welsh Theatre’ (The Stage).

She’s since won many other awards, including the inaugural Wales Drama Award in 2012.

Lose Yourself is on at the Sherman until 25th May.

Here’s Katherine’s recent interview in The Stage.

Feature Photo of Tim Preston by Mark Douet

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