According to Derek Sivers, the director of theatre at the Ovalhouse, he believes that the way to start a movement is through the courage of 'the first follower'. For example, he says that a lone man dancing in a park may look crazy, but it only takes one more person to join in for others to start following the trend.
Sivers believes the same is true of art. New artists and writers hardly get a look in because no one has yet to speak up for them or follow their work. But it only takes one person to make a recommendation for other people to then go and see what the fuss is about. That is how newbies get noticed.
In an initiative to get new writers on the map, Sivers has done the hard work for us by becoming 'the first follower'. He has set up a You Might Also Like... programme, which links two plays together that are related in some context. The project goes beyond just recommending particular shows to audiences, but automatically sends them for a second viewing through a double-bill performance. Not only is this good for the public, who get two shows for the price of one (£10 adults and £6 concessions), but it also puts the spotlight on new playwrights.
You Might Also Like... runs between the 23rd October - 23rd November, starting with Heart by Zendeh and Be Here Now by Terry O'Donavan. While on the surface, they appear quite different - Heart is set against the backdrop of the twenty-eight Mordad Coup d'etat, while Be Here Now is about fans lining up for the latest Oasis album - they are both based around the theme of obsession and inspired by poetry/lyrics.