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

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

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

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

 “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

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

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.



If you are interested in participating as an actor, director or techie then please email richard.mcnally@writeon.org.uk. Group auditions (open to all) will be held on:

  • Sunday 11th November from 1-4pm at the ADC Theatre in the Larkum Studio
  • Sunday 18th November from 1-4pm at the ADC Theatre in Dressing Room 2

The auditions will be open to all and will be a group casting so you will be auditioning with other actors in the same room. You are most likely to be asked to try out for multiple roles. Please try to arrive at 1pm if you can but failing that please arrive within the 3 hour window. It would be really helpful to the team if you could register your interest in attending by e-mailing castings@writeon.org.uk with your name, date you are hoping to attend and any time restrictions on that date.

More information about the characters below:

The Summerhouse by Dave Pescod- ADC Theatre

Older Alan – 60s – M – Trying to make up for mistakes of the past

Older Kurt – 60s – M – Reticent, but cautiously friendly with his old ‘brother’.

Younger Alan – 17 -M

Younger Kurt – 16 – M

The playful younger versions of the older men – when they were brothers. (Please note we will also be considering older actors who are able to play down to these ages).

‘Guarded’ by Lorraine Forrest-Turner- ADC Theatre

Ryan Ellis – 40s – M – Lidia’s husband – Oil consultant – Pragmatic, but protective, misses his wife when they’re not together

Lidia Ellis – 40s- F- Ryan’s wife – Gallery curator – Accepting of her husband’s career, but won’t change hers to fit in with it, more practical in many ways than he is, but is she missing something?

Masluch –30s – M – The bodyguard – imposing figure, taciturn, professional, but can he be trusted?

Sink or Swim by Kim Komljanec- Corpus Playroom

Shelagh – late 30s – F – her increasing obsession with fitness helps her negotiate her tricky relationships with her partner, colleagues, friends and family

Katie – mid 30s – works for the same company as Shelagh – is she as friendly as she makes out?

Tom – 40s – M –  Shelagh’s partner – initially laid back, his and Shelagh’s relationship gradually shows the strain

Rosie – late 30s – F – Shelagh’s friend – stepped out of the rat race Shelagh is still in, but has the money to do so

Liz – 60s – F – Shelagh’s mother – wishes the best for her daughter, but doesn’t always have the best way of expressing it

(Rosie and Liz can potentially be played by the same actress.)


Blood Music by James Stedman- Corpus Playroom

Emily – late 20s – F – manager of a sportswear store in London, forthright, but with her own insecurities (old estranged friend of Andy)

David – mid 20s – M – photographer, Emily’s would-be boyfriend, painfully woke

Andy – late 20s – M – his heart is in the right place, but he worries about settling and being selfish (old estranged friend of Emily)

Beau – mid 30s – M – bank clerk – Andy’s boyfriend, very much in love, but slightly reserved


Role Play by James P. Mannion- Larkum Studio


Man / John – M – late 20s – late 40s

Woman / Claire – F – late 20s – late 40s

A couple comically pretending to be other people for each other.

Neil – M – late 20s – late 40s

Sally – F – late 20s – late 40s )

The unsuspecting couple on whom Claire and John play out their latest fantasy.


The Offensive- Larkum Studio

First Gargoyle  – any age, any gender

Second Gargoyle – any age, any gender

Third Gargoyle – any age, any gender

All three are articulate and playful whilst bearing the weight of ages.


We will also be looking for actors to take part in staged readings of the 6 other short-listed plays in the run up to the Festival (See below), so there will be plenty of opportunity to take part!

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.