Local writer, actor, Playhouse stage doorkeeper, usher and CAST Bar Tender, Mufaro Makubika is celebrating as he is one of ten writers chosen by the BBC to take part in their Writersroom project.
The ten writers will be part of a year-long development scheme and will each receive a seed-commission of £1000, a BBC mentor to broaden their scriptwriting horizons and bring a fresh perspective to their work, the opportunity to develop new work for The Space and a programme of partnership events with theatres.
Writersroom judges were acclaimed writers Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning), Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, The Smoke), and Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director, New Writing).
Mufaro told us that it was an “incredible feeling” to find out he had been chosen. He added: “To think that my work has been picked out by one of the best female playwrights around helps you to believe in yourself. Finally all those late nights and long days in front of a blank computer screen feel totally worth it! I’ve got my foot through the door, now all I have to do is push it open.”
Mufaro has had a longstanding relationship with Nottingham Playhouse. In October 2011 we held a rehearsed reading of his play Waiting for the Tide. In October 2012 Mufaro presented some of the stories he had gathered as part of his research for a play in development, Common Land. Last summer, Good Teacher was performed as part of The Lost Plays Revue, a celebration of Nottingham Playhouse’s past, present and future.
He is also a graduate of the young writers programme and the Studio group at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He was also part of the Theatre Writing Partnership’s young writers programme. Other credits include: Readings -Wallowing (Curve Theatre), Come to where I’m from (Paines Plough/Nottingham Playhouse), Premature (neat11 Festival, Nottingham Playhouse and Whitechapel Gallery).