The Rep's annual festival of short plays by young West Midlands writers aged 12-25 has brought some exceptional talents to light, and it may have discovered another in 21 year-old Angela Tamufor from Coventry.
The two scenes given a professional rehearsed reading on Saturday are from a full-length play called Rwanda: A Child's Story.
The title is enough to have you wincing in anticipation, but Tamufor evidently has an instinct for turning the screws of dramatic tension in what promises to be the thoroughly gripping and harrowing story of a boy recruited to the cause of genocide despite his deepseated humanity.
It's always a good sign when the actors are drawn into actually acting as opposed to reading, and here there were genuinely moving performances from Daniel Anderson, Lorna Laidlaw and others.
What's more, award-winning author Chris O'Connell, who directed this work in progress, found real choreographic potential in the opening scene of preslaughter childhood innocence, so that the impression was of a dramatist already moving beyond the page. Tamufor's is a name to look out for.
On Wednesday I enjoyed 19 year-old Amy Dowd's Different, a cutely-observed miniature about the tensions between a girl, her friend and the precocious Asian lad from the nearby boys' school who is directing them in a school production of Othello.
Again, the actors seemed to recognise the territory, enabling them to add something beyond the words.
It's not surprising that family tensions of one kind or another preoccupy teenage writers. In Dream of Escaping 13 year-old Siobhan Compton projected herself imaginatively into a family making the transition from country to city during the Industrial Revolution, with the father able to respond to class oppression only by oppressing his wife and daughters in turn.
Sixteen year-old Saboor Zafar's The Hood was a cautionary tale about a young man escaping an authoritarian family only to sell his soul cheaply to a sinister drugs baron.
Mary Mary by 16 year-old Lucy Jones imagined what might happen if the Immaculate Conception took place in a modern British family.
Striking off in another direction completely, A Nose for News by 15 year-old Roly Grant was a comedy about the frustrations of a would-be serious female journalist working for a tacky local TV station. Refreshingly, this was the first play I've seen at Transmissions to feature a glove puppet - a useful reminder that theatre is about the elements you see, as well as the words you hear.
* Four more plays in the Transmissions festival are given a reading tomorrow night (7.45pm), with further programmes on July 12 and 15. Further information from the Rep box ofice 0121 236 6771.
Terry Grimley ..SUPL: