1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself – your school, hometown, and interests.
Julie: The Woodlands School, Mississauga. Interests; Drama, music, art
Zavian: Bramalea Secondary School, Brampton. Interests; Acting, playwriting, curling, and reading.
Sam: PAS West in Mississauga, Ontario. I’m passionate about writing in all forms, reading, music, animals, etc
2. What is the name of your play, and can you give us a brief synopsis?
Julie: “Hope” explores how depression not only affects one person, but everyone around them.
Zavian: “Known After Death”. Two brothers have recently lost their father and their over controlling mother is causing them tension in the home. Together they must come to terms with his death and learn to move on.
Sam: “In the Heart of the Beholder” is about a young woman battling with insecurity. The play shows the effects of insecurity on love.
3. When did you start writing your play?
Julie: March 5th, 2015. 11:43 PM
Zavian: January 16th, 2015
Sam: September 2015
4. What inspired you to write your play?
Julie: A friend of mine was diagnosed with depression.
Zavian: Seeing the struggles in the people around me.
Sam: Personal experiences as well as those around me, feelings that couldn’t be let go of.
5. What has been the most difficult part of your writing process?
Julie: Staying focused.
Zavian: Trying to be concise and getting to the point. “Cutting the fat”
Sam: Keeping the original content but finding a way to mold that into something greater.
6. What have you learned from the YPU at Tarragon?
Julie: Expanding ideas I’ve touched on.
Zavian: I’ve learned to delve into my characters, how even the littlest detail is important.
Sam: Many things, from how the industry works, to accepting your personal process and to honour yourself but allow others to help you.
7. What are you most looking forward to at the staged play readings?
Julie: Seeing how the audience responds to the play, and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
Zavian: Seeing the chemistry between the characters I’ve written
Sam: Not only supporting my peers but also seeing professionals work with my script.
8. What do you hope to do next with your play, once the unit is over?
Julie: Make changes according to the responses I get.
Zavian: I hope to turn this into a full length play.
Sam: Continue developing the characters and story. I also hope to bring it to the New Ideas Festival next year.
The Young Playwrights Unit (YPU) is a free training experience for young people who are curious and passionate about play-making. We take a page from our professional play development programs to offer a group of dedicated young creators a rigorous context in which to develop some of their first works. A week-long intensive during the March Break will culminate in a staged reading with professional actors here at Tarragon. Click here for more information, or contact Anne Wessels, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.