Little Pieces of Gold
is a new writing company that was established in 2010 by artistic director, Suzette Coon. We set out to discover, nurture and develop new writing from emerging playwrights and to engage new and diverse audiences from across the UK. We have produced the work of over almost two hundred playwrights at leading London venues such as Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre, Old Red Lion and Theatre 503. Thousands of writers have submitted their work and our showcases garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents, facilitate long term creative collaborations and provide a platform for new voices, theatre makers and performers.
'Little Pieces of Gold really is a little piece of gold - there's no glitter in sight. Its creative director Suzette is supportive and encouraging of new writing and it is a great place to showcase your work. After my short play 'TOILET' was put on at one of the events, I was picked up by a BBC person who then invited me in for meetings and a training course for writing for BBC. I really appreciate LPoG and hope that it goes on shining.'
Atiha Sen Gupta (What Fatima Did, State Red, Hampstead Theatre)
'There are moments when a writer needs encouragement. Making a shortlist or longlist for example, or having a short play selected for performance - all of it offers recognition and acknowledgement which the new writer (indeed, every writer!) needs from time to time. And of course, writing the play is only one part of the process. The rest of that process happens in the rehearsal room and on the stage. So events like LPOG are particularly important not only because they acknowledge the writer’s work, but because they allow writers to then see their work come to life in the hands of actors and directors and eventually, in front of an audience. And that’s the real test of a play, so it’s essential for the new playwright to have that experience. It can be hard to get your work out there, especially at the beginning. I remember receiving great encouragement from Suzette who worked with me on TWO SISTERS back in 2013. Events like LPOG are crucial in supporting those who want to write for the stage - long may they continue'
Fiona Doyle (2014 Papatango Winner, Deluge, Hampstead Theatre)
'Suzette offered me a platform for my work and this encouraged me to develop my ideas further. I developed one of my pieces selected for LPOG into a full-length play which went on to win the Nick Darke Award in 2013. LPOG also provided me with the chance to work with brilliant emerging talent. This is an invaluable experience for a playwright and absolutely essential for building a career in the theatre industry.'
Carla Grauls (2013 Nick Darke Award Winner, OCCUPIED, Theatre503)
"Doing "Slingshot" at Little Pieces of Gold was a great experience for me. Not just an opportunity to try something different from my usual work, but to do so knowing that Suzette would give me the time and care to make that experiment worthwhile. The director and cast I worked with were a joy, and still hoping to work with them again in the future if we find the time. The eventual performance at the Park led me to getting a full-length play produced."
Vinay Patel (True Brits, Ed Festival, Freefall, Bush Theatre)
"I was lucky enough to take part in two Little Pieces of Gold nights, both of which had a huge effect on my career. The first at The Southwark Playhouse led to me being spotted by the woman who would eventually become my literary agent, while the second at The Park Theatre led to a week run of my collected short plays being produced. It's a fantastic opportunity to get your work out there and to learn what sort of writer you are, working with talented people in fantastic venues"
James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Hampstead Theatre, Olivier Award nominated)
"I have directed twice for Little Pieces of Gold and consider it to be the best short writing night in London. The team behind it are incredibly supportive and have created a company culture where emerging writers and directors can collaborate to the best of our ability. I have been lucky to have worked with some fantastic writers through Little Pieces of Gold who have and will go on to do incredible work within the industry. It has allowed both directors and writers to test out our ideas and skills, take risks, try something new, and hone already developed practice; and gives young actors an opportunity to showcase their talent. Long may it continue"
Rebecca Hill (Creative Associate, The Gate)
"Suzette’s dedication to producing high-quality responses to thematic stimuli is a huge benefit to the industry – for audiences and artists alike. She’s incredibly supportive to her collaborators, giving us the time, assistance and resources that we need to make Little Pieces of Gold as good as the writers deserve."
Tommo Fowler (dir: I Wish to Die Singing, Finborough Theatre)
"Working on Little Pieces of Gold has always been an invigorating and delightful experience with fascinating pieces and thought provoking artists. I've developed many a long working relationship with amazing theatre makers to which I am so grateful to Suzette. The reason these theatre makers are so good, so dedicated and so exciting is because they are all hand picked by someone who has impeccable taste, honing and crafting her networks, let alone her incredible 'nose' for good writing. LPG really does do what it says on the tin: offer you incredible nuggets of beauty and power to make great theatre. They are what they are because of Suzette. Personally, I would say, "Suzette: worth her weight in gold".
Cecily Boys (Assistant Director: UK Tour of Jeeves & Wooster)
for further info contact: Suzette, Artistic Director