Playwright returns to London stage

An award-winning Derbyshire playwright, who teaches Creative Writing at Derby College, is returning to the London stage with a new play exploring the broken lives of five prison inmates.

Tina Jay from West Hallam has adapted two of her previous short plays Walking – which won the Kenneth Branagh Award for drama writing – and Dog City to create Held.

Directed by Richard Elson and supported by funding from Arts Council England, the play will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London from June 6-17.

Among the audience will be several adult learners who join Tina’s weekly Creative Writing sessions at the College’s Roundhouse campus – covering a wide range of genres from short stories to writing plays.

Tina explained that she was inspired to write the play from teaching in a male prison although the storyline involving five inmates is entirely fictitious.