About the project

This Is A Play is an online playwriting experiment that launched in January 2016. The project is a collaboration between playwright A.C. Smith and fine art photographer Julia Forsman.

This Is A Play has three aims:

  1. to investigate writing as a physical process by working with unconventional materials
  2. to make visible the process (as opposed to product) of creating work for the stage and demystify the act of writing
  3. to explore the possibility of inspiration as a shared enterprise through visual dialogue and creative collaboration

The project will culminate in a joint exhibition/performance of the work produced, and open discussions about the process.

About the collaborators

A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter and songwriter.  Originally raised in Colorado, she has lived in London since 2007.  As a playwright, she has won awards from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Soho Theatre, and been shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and Adrian Pagan Award.  She is currently a member of the Bush Theatre Emerging Writers Group. Her work has been performed at venues including Soho Theatre, RADA, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, HighTide Festival, Pleasance Theatre, The Space, and the Tristan Bates Theatre.  She has also collaborated as writer/dramaturg with physical theatre and dance companies including Theatre Re, Ciemulator Dance Theatre, and Jorge Crecis.  As the lyricist for Barlow & Smith, she has been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards, and had her songs performed at the Globe Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Tuesdays.  A.C. holds a BA from Harvard and an MA from RADA/King’s College London, and is Co-Founder and Director of London Playwrights Blog.

Julia Forsman is a English fine art photographer who lives and works in Istanbul, Finland and England. Before 2008 she worked as a teacher, with film photography being a passionate hobby. Over the last few years she has worked as a commercial photographer specialising in portraits and events. While largely self taught she takes workshops whenever possible, the latest being Personal Storytelling with Arja Hyytiainen, the results of which were displayed in Salt Galata, Istanbul. She has also taught workshops, and given talks at Soho House in Istanbul.  She is married to a Swedish speaking Finn and has a blended family of four children.