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Venue: Gallery Cafe

7.30pm - 9.30pm | Free entry - £3 recommended donation

Sparkhaus Theatre are back with a third instalment of their scratch night Ignite. A stage for writers and theatre makers to try out new ideas. Entrance is free with a recommended donation of £3 and participants get in free.

Sparkhaus Theatre presents IGNITE: an evening of new writing


Wonderful Woman or (33 attempts)

Written and performed by Joanna Simpkins


Written and directed by Vee Tames

Cast: Grace MaCabe, Alan Bradley, Julia Winwood

 Two Palestinians Go Dogging

Written by Sami Ibrahim, directed by Nimmo Ismail

Cast: David Djemal, Lara Sawalha, Shiraz Khan


Joanna Simpkins

Joanna trained as an actress at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Originally from Yorkshire, she has worked extensively in theatre since graduating.

Some of her more recent projects include, Kabeiroi for Punch Drunk, Electra, Vertical Hour and The  Rivals for  Theatre by the Lake Keswick, Jinny at Derby Theatre and The Seagull, Volcano Theatre.


Vee Tames

Vee Tames is a 19 year old actor and writer from Essex. An alumna of the National Theatre Young Writer’s Group and the HighTide Academy, she has had writing performed at the Platform Theatre, the Bush Theatre and written for Redgates Theatre, React Scratch at the Honor Oak as well as Sparkhaus Theatre. Vee also writes for screen and was recently awarded BAFTA mentorship for screenwriting. She has just finished writing a short film for the EastSide Educational Trust which will be filmed in August. 


Sami Ibrahim

Sami’s most recent show, Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her played at VAULT Festival this year, after being shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award and published by Nick Hern Books. Before that, Iron Dome Fog Dome was staged at The Yard during First Drafts. He’s also worked at the Almeida as a Creative Board member, developing From the Ground Up. Other credits include Force of Trump, which had runs at Theatre N16, The Space and the Brockley Jack - where his short play, Carnivore, was performed during Write Now 7. He’s also a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers Alumni Group.


Nimmo Ismail

Theatre credits as Director: Fresh Direction: My England by Somalia Seaton (Young Vic), Television Guide by Brad Birch, The Displaced/ We Came In A Tiny Red Boat by Jerusha Green, I Actually Have A Son by Andrew Maddock (Guildhall School of Music & Drama/Squint Theatre)

Theatre credits as Assistant Director: The Prudes (Royal Court), Goats (Royal Court), Trainee Assistant Director on Wings (Young Vic), Quarter Life Crisis (Ovalhouse/Soho Theatre/ Edinburgh Fringe)

Theatre credits as a Writer: Three Dates (Southwark Playhouse) New Ways of Looking (Bush Theatre), HATCH (Talawa Theatre Company)
Nimmo was a member of the Royal Court Writers Programme 2016.


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Writers & Theatre Makers

Sparkhaus Theatre are looking for writers and theatre makers who have brand new ideas to try out as part of their first scratch night, IGNITE. The group are interested in; presenting a space for new ideas to grow, encouraging writers to take risks in a safe space and bringing together writers, directors and actors to form new collaborations. We hope to hear from writers and theatre makers who are interested in work that responds to the here and now.

What we offer

• We can offer a 4 hour rehearsal space

• We can match writers up with directors and actors

• We can offer dramaturgical support to scripts The rules

• No more than 3 actors - we have limited space

• No tech

• 10 minutes MAX


If you have an idea for a theatre piece or a script that needs airtime then send us your proposal (no more than 500 words), or your 10-minute script to Please put IGNITE as the subject. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 8th June.

Directors & actors

We’d love to hear from Directors and Actors who would like to be part of this scratch night. This is a great opportunity to meet other artists and to keep flexing that acting or directing muscle whilst also supporting the growth of new ideas. Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this event by introducing yourself and sending over your CV/spotlight account to, with the headline DIRECTOR or ACTOR as the subject.

Later Event: August 2
August Exhibition Launch