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Two of Swansea University's MA Creative Writing students have been  selected among an elite group of emerging playwrights whose work will be featured by the London-based Royal National Theatre.

Darren Jones and Stephen Rhys Gage are currently completing their dissertation works in the MA Creative Writing programme. Their plays, "Mr Stripes" and "Welvis" will  be performed among eight short works presented as a prelude to this Saturday's Royal National Theatre production of Alan Bennett's "The Habit of Art" at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

The plays were developed at an intensive writing workshop held by the Royal National Theatre at the National Writers' Centre, Ty Newydd, Gwynedd. Stephen and Darren were chosen for the workshop on the strength of stage works they had written for the Writing for the Stage module of their MA programme.

"Mr Stripes" will be directed by Lisa Spirling, "Welvis" by Nadia Fall.

THIS WEEK also sees the publication by Methuen  / A.C.Black of  "Producers Choice" -- a selection of six of the best new dramatic works for young performers.  Included in the anthology is a new version of Oedipus/Antigone by Swansea University Creative Writing lecturer D.J. Britton.

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