Doctor Who and Sherlock writer needs you at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:34 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:03 03 October 2014

Doctor Who

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Whovians – fans of sci-fi show Doctor Who – should make time to visit the 2014 The Barn Fringe in Welwyn Garden City.

The two-week arts event opened at the Barn Theatre, in Welwyn Garden City, last night (Thursday).

And tonight (Friday), Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steve Thompson will be giving the inside story on the Time Lord in OK, The Tardis Needs You!

Now a successful British playwright and screenwriter, Steve was brought up in WGC and was a member of the Barn Youth Theatre, where he developed a lifelong love of theatre.

He trained on the RADA playwright’s course, and his first play, Damages, was performed at the Bush Theatre in 2004, winning the Meyer-Whitworth Award for new writing.

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In 2005, he was made Pearson writer in residence at The Bush, where his next play, Whipping It Up, was also performed.

Roaring Trade was performed by Paines Plough at the Soho Theatre.

No Naughty Bits, a play about Monty Python being censored in the USA, was performed at Hampstead Theatre in September 2011, and was revived at the Barn in June.

Steve also writes for television and has contributed scripts for shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Upstairs Downstairs.

Barn artistic director Coral Walton said: “We are fortunate enough to see him performing at the Barn Fringe, well not so much performing as talking.

“He will be talking about writing for television and has promised to include some of the interesting gossip about our favourite stars – Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Matt Smith and all – and will be treating his audience to some filmed outakes.”

Tickets for OK, The Tardis Needs You! cost £10. It starts at 8pm.

On Saturday, there’s fine acting and fine music as Lavender Junction takes the stage accompanied by string musicians Ear Candy.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, and featuring a stunning performance from Lisa White, the play tells the story of growing up in Colonial India.

It is A View from the Glass Crucible: An Evening of American Drama on Sunday night.

Presented by Haberdashers’ Aske’s, the show features excerpts from the plays of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and is an absolute must for students of English Literature and theatre studies.

The second week of the Fringe sees events take place at the theatre from Thursday, October 9 to Sunday, October 12.

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