Theatre talent goes global thanks to new scheme for creatives

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AN innovative programme is giving artists the opportunity to have their work showcased around the world.

The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth’s Creative Lab scheme aims to inspire artists’ talent and drive forward creativity in the 
city.

A pair of the theatre’s associates have been lucky enough to have their work admired by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bernie C. Byrnes, from North End, has been chosen to represent Portsmouth in Los Angles after being shortlisted for a new project.

The project entitled Us & Them gave Bernie the chance to submit a 10-minute drama.

Organiser and director Martin Jago, who is originally from Portsmouth said: ‘Bernie’s short play Fifteen Minutes was selected from a competitive field of entrants and is one of only five short plays being produced as part of an annual showcase of new writing by the Los Angeles theatre company Raze the Space.’

Bernie who has been a lab associate since 2012 has had her work commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Re, Soho Theatre and more.

She has since gone on to team up with a fellow lab associate Jon Adams.

‘Working with Jon is fascinating,’ said Bernie.

‘The interweaving of text and the spoken word of Jon’s beautiful poetry is truly inspiring.’

The theatre has supported Jon, who lives in Fratton since 2011.

Recently his work has been exhibited at a prestigious arts festival.

The artist has presented his work at the International Arts Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

His innovative 24-hour performance Games with the Water Horse is currently being admired by audiences in Venice.

Jon’s work displays a day in the life from the point of view of an artist with Asperger’s syndrome through a series of poems, drawings, thoughts and pictures.

Theatre-goers will be able to experience and enjoy the work of both Lab Associates at the New Theatre Royal when their installations 
have been seen by audiences overseas.