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Our panel of Readers is made up of experienced professionals, including writers, directors and teachers.

Here are details of two of our Readers:


Ged McKenna

is an actor, writer and director and lives in Chester. As an actor he has worked extensively in theatre with companies such as RNT, Royal Court, Cheek By Jowl, Shared Experience, The Bush, The Traverse, Edinburgh and several rep theatres, including The Library in Manchester for whom he played Frank in Faith Healer, for which he was nominated in the best actor category in the Manchester Evening News Awards. He's appeared in several episodes of The Bill and Casualty and done a fair amount of other TV and film work.

He has written several plays. The Farmer's Bride was co-produced by The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough with the now sadly defunct Wild Iris Theatre Company, in London and on tour. Other work includes Small Lives, which has seen the light of day at both Scarborough and The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, a couple of pantos for Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, an adaptation of Dicken's A Christmas Carol which he directed as a community play in Somerset, a couple of plays on the London fringe and a variety of other projects. He's had a couple of scripts workshopped by NWP and a sample of his most recent play, Dawn, was seen at the 2009 First Stage night at The Library Theatre. He continues to develop this piece. 

Bill Hopkinson is an award-winning theatre director, who has taught at conservatoires, universities and actors' centres for two decades. He was Artistic Director of Manchester Youth Theatre for four years where he explored ways of integrating young disabled and non-disabled performers. From 2000 to 2004,  he was Literary Manager for Sgript Cymru, the national new writing company for Wales and he has worked extensively as a dramaturg, developing and encouraging new playwrights, including a 25-year with NW Playwrights.

As director he has premiered new plays by Christina Kati?, Mike Mallet and Alan Williams. For many years he worked with Commonground SignDance Theatre in Liverpool in their ongoing project to integrate Sign Language and expressive forms of European dance theatre, working as both dramaturg and director on numerous shows.

Recent work as director include Looking for K (SohoTheatre/Graeae/Writernet) by Danny Start, Henhouse (Arcola Theatre) byKaite O'Reilly, Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butcher (Greenwich Playhouse), and a European tour of his own play Ludd. For the last two years he has been Senior Lecturer in Drama at Edgehill University.


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