WRiTEON Stage Festival- Shortlist Readings
In July we will be bringing 6 thrilling new plays to the ADC Theatre venues as part of our WRiTEON Stage Festival. These are just some of the 60 submissions that we received last year. In fact we were so impressed with the other six plays that made the shortlist that we decided that we just had to share them with you! So we will be showcasing these in the form of script-in-hand staged readings at the Larkum Studio on the 10th,11th & 12th April. Each evening will feature a double-bill and costs a mere £3. That’s £3 for two hours of brand new theatre! Click the links below to find out more:
Canopy by Rachel Carnes
Canopy explores the sheltering space that people foster over time, as their mutual annoyance creates a kind of protection. When do the things that drive me crazy about you, become the things I would miss most? What if we were so busy caring for our family, we forgot to care for ourselves? What if we live long enough to discover that life’s promises are still ours to fulfill? What if we’re afraid? Where does love go — When we’re separated? And what remains? Canopy is about love — In whatever form that takes — And the patience love requires.
The Way it Is by Donna Hoke
After eight years, Cane dumps his fiancee Yasmine because he thinks he’s found “the one.” But when he heads back to their apartment to collect his things, Yasmine’s not about to let him go without getting what she wants–starting with an explanation about why he wasted her time for so long, and ending with something Cane never expected. In real time, Cane and Yasmine fight for the lives they think they deserve in a taut two-hander about inertia, truth… and consequences.
Headhog by Tom Jensen
Life is fairly humdrum for Malcolm, until a rather prickly problem raises its head and turns his world upside down. He is forced to take drastic action that results in a truly mind-blowing experience.
Member by Hugo Chiarella
‘Member’ takes place entirely in the bedroom of a couple, Jo and Steve. Jo is a PR manager for a ride sharing startup. Steve is tepidly volunteering for a fledgling foundation that wants to transform the democratic process. Jo wants to work and prosper within the system, Steve has lost faith in the system.
The play is a philosophical and political exploration about the tension between idealism and action. In a time when the world is increasingly divided by totalizing ideological positions, ‘Member; examines the ways in which these positions affect our interactions on an intimate and interpersonal level as well as a societal and global level.
A Mandarin Remembers by David Hutchison
Sir Andrew Drummond is a former civil servant who has had a distinguished career first in the Foreign Office and then elsewhere in government and public life. He is visited by a researcher who is employed by an up-market version of ‘Desert Island Discs’. She is ostensibly there to check on his choices for the programme but she is not all that she seems, and Sir Andrew finds himself having to confront the human consequences of policies for which he had a major responsibility.
With British troops still fighting – and dying – in the Middle East and Afghanistan, this play explores how politicians and civil servants reach decisions which can have fateful, and sometimes catastrophic, consequences.
The Contract by Trish Rawson
Two young people rescued from homelessness by a kindly, older and childless woman seems to be the perfect ending to cold nights sleeping rough in a doorway. But Cynthia, their landlady, proves to be a challenge to live with. Who keeps knocking on the door? And why won’t she answer it? Insistent on changing the ‘contract’ which she thinks binds them together, Joe and Deborah find their lives much more of a challenge than they could possibly have envisaged. But living with Cynthia has affected their mental health. Will they manage to escape and if so, how?
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