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Official website for Mark C. Hewitt & Blank Productions

Biography

Mark C. Hewitt is a writer, theatremaker and director.

As a director, he specialises in making original new work, particularly live literature and multimedia productions. The many works created since 2009 include 
Dementia Diaries by Maria Jastrzebska (LLL Productions, 2009/2011); Weight: three stories about secrets by Catherine Smith (LLL Productions, 2010); Puff by John Agard (Crosspath, 2013); Learning to See by visually impaired storyteller Liz Porter (Portertales, 2014); Dora vs Picasso by Grace Nichols (Crosspath, 2015), This is always the result by Gus Watcham (2015); Roll Over Atlantic by John Agard (Crosspath, 2015), Diving into the Wreck (Tongues & Grooves, 2016), Black Curtain: a Public Sharing of a New Work by a Disgraced Writer via an Actor Trapped in the Theatre by Neil Noon (2017) and Zones of Avoidance by Maggie Sawkins (2013), which was winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

As a writer, his café play, 
The Revenge Fantasy Club, was nominated for the Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe 2013. He has collaborated on two productions with composer Peter Copley: scrublands (2012), a multimedia site-specific performance with live music for string sextet, and Expiry tbc (2013), for looped cello and live and recorded voices. In 2012 he received a grant from the Artists International Development Fund to initiate a new collaboration with Norwegian sampling percussionist, Thomas Strønen, leading to a full length theatre work currently in development, under the title: Civilization and its Discontents / 11 movements for theatre.

He has also collaborated on visual art and text installations, including
Polska by the Sea (with photographer Lisa Barnard, Eastbourne Station 2009), Caught in the act - Reading reading (with photographer/artist Anna Mitchell, Reading town centre 2008), Body of Writing, featuring texts developed with prisoners at HMP Erlestoke (Salisbury Cathedral cloisters, 2017) and Congregation (a video installation with photographer Malcolm Glover). His interest in the use of text in the public realm has led to permanent works on the Isle of Sheppey, including text carved into two resting points by sculptor Alun Heslop on the Isle of Harty Cycle Trail and a collection of alternative signage in Leysdown-on-Sea (both projects commissioned by FrancisKnight public art consultancy).

He has worked on a number of socially engaged projects with vulnerable or marginalised individuals, including
The Lost Room, with homeless people in Canterbury; Diving into the Wreck, a multimedia production developed in Portsmouth with addicts in recovery; and Penned Up, a strand of cross artform literature festivals in prisons, originally developed through LLL Productions then set up as an independent organisation in 2018 to continue work in prisons and the criminal justice system.

He is founder and Artistic Director of 
LLL Productions (a live literature production company) and Blank Productions (focused on interdisciplinary collaborations). In 2010, he co-founded intercultural performing arts company, Crosspath, with poets John Agard and Grace Nichols. In 2015 he co-founded ZoA poetry productions with poet Maggie Sawkins. In 2018 he co-founded Penned Up with reader development consultant and writer, David Kendall.

See drop-list for CV with a complete list of artistic works and production activity.
Information on all of these projects and more is available on this website.

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