Aspiring playwright, Isobella Hatwell, spent her Year Dot trying to pull off an ambitious play under challenging circumstances…

Isobella's Story

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Isobella Hatwell

A lesson learnt

25/11/2009

Having tried and failed to put on her play this year, what does Isobella think really went wrong? And has the experience changed her?


Isobella's to do list

  1. Find funding for my play Kid Soldiers
  2. Start college in September
  3. Find a production team at college to manage Kid Soldiers
  4. Ring round schools, explain about the project, and try and set up meetings to get schools interested
  5. Find rehearsal space for Kid Soldiers
  6. Hold auditions around Hackney and Islington
  7. Rehearse and perform Kid Soldiers – hopefully at Hackney Empire!
  8. Try and make Kid Soldiers accessible to as many people as possible by touring it around local secondary schools
  9. Get more organised!

Isobella's big plan

Posted: 30/06/2008

During the next year I hope to complete the youth project called 'Kid Soldiers'. Over the next few months I need to ring round schools getting feedback of who's interested, hold meetings with the schools who are interested and convince them that sticking a load of kids together with no adult supervision to rehearse a play that involves sex, drugs, violence, the class division and the small subject of war is an extremely good idea and will help to stop school rivalry and show kids that no matter what your start in life anything is possible!

I should probably look into funding before getting the schools involved. This means trying to convince a whole load of different people that the project will be a success. If all goes well I’ll hopefully move onto cast and rehearse the play, eventually performing it.

On top of all this I want to take up jogging and some other forms of exercise in order to prepare my body for college. I also want to start appreciating and supporting my family more.

Isobella's journal

Final Update: 24/11/2009

I have managed to get things together...

Hey just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who's supported me and the continued interest!

I have managed to get things together at last and the first production of Kid soldiers was screened a couple of weeks ago and has been given the go ahead round schools we also have numerous venues booked in and around London.

It's taken a long time to acheieve but the end results amazing so thank you.

Look out for Kid soldiers coming to a area near you soon!

Thanks once again,

Isobella x

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Still want more?

Need more information on theatre production and how to get involved? Want to share ideas in your classroom? You'll find specialist information and teaching resources for drama on the websites below:

Stagecoach: Theatre Arts Schools

National Youth Theatre

The Prince's Trust

Theatre for young people and their parents

Ideas for Teaching Drama

Your messages

Check out Isobella's feedback:

Hi, really interested in what your doin, Im currently training to become a yooth worker and would love to get involved! Let me know!

Bex (1890 days ago) Report Comment

Heya Isobella,
I thought I would write to say that I admire your determination to get "Kid Soldiers" written and published. I think with the right support and determination you will go extremely far with your play. I'm a writer myself, but only as a hobby, as I don't have any intention of having it published, but you have made me think differently. I hope you keep the dream alive and keep trying to get the best from it all.
All the best for the future, and keep your dreams alive :)
And if you ever want to talk to another writer, please feel free to let me know!
Wish you the best :)

Tara (1895 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Isobella, I also found out about yeardot as well and like to know how your play is coming along, many thanks

Ashley (1895 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Isobella, I have only just found out about yeardot this morning. Saw it on the TV... I think it is a great thing for young people and only wish i was able to follow it from the start. How are things going with Kid Soldiers? Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. My background is Branding, Marketing and PR. So please dont hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to help promote the play.

Robin (1895 days ago) Report Comment

Hii isobella , only watched year dot for the first timee today ! and its a really interesting and inspiring programme , i was just wondering have you already held auditions for kids soldiers yet ? x

Olivia (1905 days ago) Report Comment

HI EVERY1 FANX 4 ALL UR COMMENTS!
I'M HOLDING A MEETING FOR ANY1 WANTING TO B INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION TEAM
THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON SAURDYA THE 18TH APRIL IN LONDON
4 MORE INFO PLZ EMAIL ME OR MESSAGE ME ON MYSPACE
IT'S GONNA B A FAMTASTIC OPPERTUNITY 4 ANY1 INVOLVED
XXXXXXXXXX

Isobella (2079 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Isobella, it's Matt again, I tried e-mailing, I don't know if you got it, if you're still interested in a composer my e-mail is mattmccann23@hotmail.com

cheers xx

Matt McCann (2085 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of ISOBELLAHey Matt i'm still looking for a composer plz email me at isobellahatwell@hotmail.co.uk so we can talk further x

ISOBELLA (2095 days ago) Report Comment

Picture of ISOBELLAHI, JUST WANTED 2 SAY FANX SO MUCH 4 ALL UR COMMENTS AND KIND WORDS!
SO SORY I HAVENT REPLIED SOONER BUT MY INTERNETS BEEN DOWN.
PLZ KEEP WATCHIN XXXXXXXXXX

ISOBELLA (2095 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Isobella, I'm Matt I'm a 22 year old music composer, and was wondering if you ever need music written for one of your plays, i'd love to get involved.

Good luck for the future anyway x

Matt McCann (2112 days ago) Report Comment

Hi Isobella, I just wanted to say that whantyou are trying to achieve is a credit to you. I myself had a taste of it a couple of years ago when I watched my first full scale musical take to the stage. It was the end of a massive two year journey which saw many changes along the way, and much sweat and tears (luckily no blood), but the end resukt is a moment I will never forget.
If there is anything I can do to help, even just talking through things let me know as I believe that anyone with a vision should be helped where posssible.
As far as funding I could possibly put you in touch with an organisation which deals with young people and the issues, they are also in the theatre industry and a charity so they could have ideas for you. also they are at The hackney Empire in April so could even possible meet you. Let me know, just email me.
By the way I am probably older than most people on this site but in the theatre 18 and 37 are just numbers, its all about the show.
Regards

Andy

Andy Walker (2112 days ago) Report Comment

I was really surprised when i watched your story, i dont no many people that would even think about using to community to do a production, that you yourself have written, its amazing. I hope everything turns out as you plan and that you do very well in the future you deserve it. My mum also thinks your a role model forthe younger generation, as you help your mother with finances, young people have alot to learn when it comes to money but you set a brilliant example. Well Done!

Tor (2113 days ago) Report Comment

Hi, if you need any help in the production side, i could help, im studying techincal theatre, and am in the Guiness book of records for the youngest musical theatre director, so know alot about organising, and the pressure, ive worked in the west end in london so have a lot of contacts, which im sure would love to help. I live in Manchester at the moment so if you need any help id love to give any advice on a great project like this. Thanks Jade x

Jade Chamberlain (2113 days ago) Report Comment