WRiTEON Festival

WRiTEON Festival

6 Plays, 3 Venues, 5 Nights

Tue 23 July to Sat 27 July 2019

In 2019 WRiTEON will be producing its biggest ever project, an entire festival of one-act plays. It is with great pride that we can say that the venues for the Festival will be The ADC Theatre, The Corpus Playroom and the Larkum Studio. Our six tremendous plays are listed below:

The ADC Theatre- The Summer House by Dave Pescod 7.45pm – 8.45pm

Directed by– Chris Avery

Rose’s place was the best home Alan and Kurt ever knew, and years later they return for their foster mother’s funeral. Alan is haunted by scenes from their childhood that he longs to put right. The young never appreciate the consequences of their actions, but whatever happened in the summerhouse, it’s time to face the truth.

The ADC Theatre- Guarded by Lorraine Forrest-Turner 9.45pm – 10.45pm

Directed by– Sean Baker

2003- UK oil consultant Ryan Ellis is working in the Balkans. Although miles from the civil unrest (following the collapse of the Yugoslav Federation), Ryan is taking no chances. So when his wife Lidia comes out for a short visit, he hires Masluch, a local bodyguard, to look after her.

The Corpus Playroom- Sink or Swim by Kim Komljanec 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Directed by- Andrew Bailey

Shelagh is in her thirties. She has everything she could wish for: healthy body, long-term relationship, job with prospects of promotion … But in order to keep up with the competitive world she lives in, she will have to up her game. Is it worth losing yourself so that you can have it all?

The Corpus Playroom- Blood Music by James Stedman 9.30pm – 10.30pm

Directed by- Richard McNally

 “All brains and no blood…well that’s just no good for anyone.”

Emily and Andy said they were soulmates, but the music of their blood broke them apart. How will a chance reunion impact their lives now they’re “all grown up”? A gently comic exploration of friendship, love, sex and meaning.

The Larkum Studio- Role Play by James P Mannion 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Directed by- Alan Hay

John and Claire Cunningham are an average couple: married for years, they’re stuck in a rut, with only experimentation seeming to hold the key to invigoration. Except, those aren’t their real names, and their attempts to inject some much-needed excitement into their lives has led to a crisis of identity from which neither seems able to awaken.  

The Larkum Studio- The Offensive by Aga Serugo-Lugo 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Directed by- Rachel Mariner

Three Gargoyles, The First, Second and Third, sit static atop three plinths atop a cathedral.  They spend their nights prattling on about priceless nonsense, until one night ‘The First’ is granted the gift of movement. The Offensive explores the case for freedom of expression and satirically navigates the logical rabbit holes of modern day identity politics.


We have already held two audition sessions and have cast most of the roles. However we are arranging an additional audition session for some unfilled roles:

Date Sunday 27th January

Session one 3-4pm – Casting Session for Ryan in Guarded

(Ryan Ellis is in his 40s. He is a husband and and oil consultant living and working in the Balkans. He is pragmatic, but protective, and he misses his wife when they’re not together.)

Session two 4 -6pm – Casting Session for Older Alan, Younger Kurt and Younger Alan in The Summer House.

(Older Alan is in his 60s and is trying to make up for mistakes of the past.)

Younger Alan is 17 and is someone who Kurt looks up to, not necessarily for the right reasons.

Younger Kurt is 16 and is less worldly-wise than his older brother, he admires him and tries to learn from him)

Location– Larkum Studio @ the ADC Theatre.

If you’d like to attend please email castings@writeon.org.uk to let us know that you will be attending.

The Shortlist

The six other plays that made the shortlist but were not selected to be staged as part of the Festival are:

  • A Mandarin Remembers by David Hutchison
  • Canopy by Rachael Carnes
  • Headhog by Tom Jensen
  • Member by Hugo Chiarella
  • The Contract by Trish Rawson
  • The Way It Is by Donna Hoke

The quality of these shortlisted plays was so high that WRiTEON will be showcasing these to audiences as well in the form of staged readings or table readings in the run up to the Festival.

The Producing Team

The team of producers who will be working diligently to bring this all together are Richard McNally, Julia Bolden, Pam Jenner, Leigh Chambers and James Stedman.