Fiction & Drama
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Congratulations to Nina Millns on the world premiere staged reading of her play Service, which will be performed at the Finborough Theatre this evening.
Service won the ETPEP Award 2021, receiving a prize of £6,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson, and a staged reading performance; and publication by Salamander Street, independent publisher of theatre, performance and live art.
Service is a complex conflict of masculinity, colonialism and loyalty – in a room at the heart of the Empire. Eighty-year-old Fitz sits in a counselling session trying to piece together fragmented memories of joining the British Army and finding himself posted to Cyprus. Before coming to England, his counsellor Dimitris deserted from the Cypriot army, but he can’t share that with Fitz…
Nina has won several awards for her scripts, her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, and she has recently written various episodes for the Dr Who audio drama, including an all-female International Women’s Day Special, as well as writing the BBC Sounds series Mortem. She is also one of twelve writers on this year’s Channel 4 Screenwriting Course. Nina is a Londoner of mixed heritage who speaks four languages. She also works with young people as a tutor and mentor and is passionate about helping them fulfil their potential.