Author Archives: naomiwesterman1

About naomiwesterman1

Playwright/screenwriter. Occasional actress. Perpetual student. Living with Ehlers-Danlos.

WWLKD? In praise of pushy women.

The other day I tweeted something calling myself “pushy” which got quite an interesting reaction, and it made me think about gender politics.* I was raised in a way that is perceived as stereotypically quite male. My father was a … Continue reading

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“Where do you get your ideas from?” Genesis of a play.

I don’t tend to write or talk much about the actual writing process, mainly because I’m so still new I don’t feel I can necessarily offer much. But I’ve recently been working on a play that had what for me … Continue reading

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Proudly Messy, or: Fuck Your Conditional Mental Illness Acceptance

I’ve been having a lot of conversations recently about mental illness stigma in theatre/acting, and the steps being taken to combat it. Everyone seems to agree it’s important. But everyone is so damn obsessed with proving how ‘okay’ they are … Continue reading

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So I walked out on an audition: disability access and discrimination in acting

So last week I walked out of my first acting audition in a year and told the panel to remove my application. In theory I quit acting when I started getting enough writing work to prove a full-time job, removing … Continue reading

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Playwrights vs Directors and tiny new saplings: Who gets ownership of new plays?

One thing I’m increasingly interested in debating and mentally chewing over is the role of the playwright in rehearsals, the relationship between the creatives and the play, and in a broader sense the concept of shared ownership and authority over … Continue reading

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van Hove’s Dutch Shakespeare and BSL: On disability, language, awkwardness, and accessibility in the arts

On Friday I watched a monologue of mine performed entirely in sign. On Sunday I watched six hours of Shakespeare performed entirely in Dutch. I am spending a year writing with disabled theatre company Graeae as part of Write to … Continue reading

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Emma Watson’s breasts are not a feminist issue, or: Feminism is not the Hunger Games

I’ve identified as a feminist since I was about nine, so you’d think I’d be thrilled with the fact feminism is so very much on everyone’s lips these days. And I am, but gosh is it bringing some problematic shit … Continue reading

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