City Voices Creative Writers Group are delighted to say that actor and playwright Deborah McAndrew has offered to be our patron. Deborah will be a non-financial supporter of City Voices, and there is no doubt that this endorsement will raise our profile and open new doors for us. There is already an event and poetry workshop planned for mid-April.
Deborah McAndrew began her career as an actor on the cobbles of Coronation Street where she played Weatherfield regular, Angie Freeman, in the early 1990s. In the years following ‘Corrie’ Deborah enjoyed a varied career in the theatre, playing everything from Shakespeare to Music Hall, and has appeared in countless dramas for BBC Radio.
In the last decade Deborah has become a highly successful playwright. Her performed and published works include new plays and adaptations of classic plays and novels. Her moving original WW1 drama An August Bank Holiday Lark won both the UK Theatre Award and Manchester Theatre Award for Best New Play 2014.
Deborah has lived in North Staffordshire for the past 15 years. She is passionate about the Potteries and draws much of her creative inspiration from the people and the culture of Stoke-on-Trent. In 2013 she founded her own company, Claybody Theatre, to produce her new play called Ugly Duck, about an unemployed Stoke bloke who becomes an artist’s Life model.
Ugly Duck was first performed in the art room at the famous Burslem School of Art, and was so successful that it was remounted in 2014 for the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-u-Lyme. In 2015 Claybody Theatre produced Deborah’s play for schools called Digging In, about the experiences of children of North Staffordshire mining families during the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike.
Deborah is now developing new work for Claybody Theatre to produce. Watch this space...