New Writing Festival

17th-22nd July @ Barons Court Theatre

So we are back, 2nd year in a row with our showcase with some of the scratch nights best talent. As we progress as a campaign we recognise and see that we are in an over saturated competitive industry, this doesn’t mean we give up, it just means we have to work harder, make savvy decisions, be the driver of our own career. We here at Actor awareness really believe that each person, actor, director or writer needs to be able to look for and create work themselves in order to be able to get a foot in any door. We remain in (very much still) a hierarchy in London theatre. Agents, theatres, CD’s pick from the drama school élite, but if you can put something out there, a play, a story, you never know what will come back your way.   If you have a story that is worth sharing then it’s worth doing and our showcase aims to represent and showcase some of Actor awareness best new writing, as well as actor and directors.

The line up covers contemporary and working class issues that are at the core of what Actor Awareness believe should be being made, stories with real people, real guts and some that make you laugh till your face hurts

All shows were picked after being seen performed at Spotlight studio as part of one of our scratch nights, writers have taken 15 minutes and now will present 1 hour of material to a paying audience. Each show will follow a Q & A bar the two full length productions ‘C’est La Vie’ and ‘Staffroom’ these two shows are fully produced and do not require audience feedback.

Industry professionals have been invited to the entire run and given a free press pass allowing them to view any play they want for free. We hope this encourages industry people looking for exciting new shows to programme or produce , to come along.

The Line up is as follows

 

  • Monday 17th, 730pm, ‘Speci-Man’ Written by Jayne Woodhouse and Directed by Claum Robshaw

 

The setting is 1000 years in the future when most of the male species have died out. Adam, one of the few remaining males, is housed in a research institute, supervised by Morgan. She has called in the help of Gwen, a psychologist, to help diagnose Adam’s strange behaviour. He appears to be regressing to male stereotypes from 2017. The play is a humorous take on gender stereotypes and is played for laughs, whilst stressing serious contemporary issues.

 

  • Tuesday 18th, 730pm ‘C’est La Vie’ Written by Stephanie Silver, Directed by Emelia Marshall Lovsey.

 

Premiered in Australiaa March 2017 to 4 Star reviews,‘Silver’s written is clever and keany observed’ Samara Dunston ‘C’est La Vie applies a blow torch to human bonding’ The Blurb. The play deals with 3 couples struggling under a privatised healthcare to keep their relationships going. Set post Tory re-election 6 people struggle to keep their heads above water. In a damaged fast paced society, how does modern love survive?

 

  • Wednesday 19th, 730pm ‘Worsooz’ Written by Catherine Kay, Directed by Kevin Russell      

 

Worsooz meets her estranged father Nick, her mother Alberta is immersed in a secret relationship with girlfriend Anne and building their plan to rid the world of domestic violence. Isolated and disgusted by her mother’s relationship, Worsooz is lured into criminality by her father Nick and immerses herself into a secret world where only men can belong. Set in the late 1980’s Worsooz is a semi-autobiographical story of how far one girl will go for the love of her father. Shortlisted Papatango Playwrights 2016

 

  • Thursday 20th, 730pm ‘Come Die with Me’ Written by Vicki Connerty Directed by Shian Denovan

 

‘I had tighter cheekbones after I laughed my way through Vicki Connerty’s black comedy’​ ​British Theatre. ​Upstairs, a man is dying. Downstairs, his family attempt to navigate their way through the entirely unfamiliar and oft-absurd waters of grief with varied levels of success. A darkly comic tale of love, loss and laughter.

 

  • Friday 21st 730pm ‘Walk of Shame’ Written by Stephanie Silver and Emelia Marshall Lovsey and Directed by Emelia Marshall Lovsey

 

Meet Liam for him it’s a night of glory

Meet Alice for her it’s a Walk of Shame

Meet two people whose lives intertwine in a night of Double Vodka shots, between the classes and glasses two people change their lives forever. ‘Hard hitting’ ‘‘The dialogue is courageous and does not shy away from cold detail’  British Theatre

 

  • Friday 21st 9pm ‘Submission’ Written by Shafeeq Shajahan, Produced by Liver and Lung Productions

 

Sameer, a young British Pakistani, struggles to reconcile his sexual desires with his Islamic roots and values. On the day of his 23rd birthday, Sameer hosts an unprecedented after-party with four friends. A series of unwelcome events unfold, triggering an unhinged response in Sameer. Not only does he begin to question his faith, he also begins to acknowledge the cruel realities that queer people of colour face. Torn between his allegiance to Mecca and his desire for temporal modernity, Sameer recites spoken word come Quranic compositions, forcing us to contemplate the importance of integrating age-old philosophy with new-wave ideology.

 

  • Saturday 22nd, 730pm ‘2022’ Written and Directed by Colleen Pendergast

 

Christmas Eve. An immigration detention centre. Five years in the future. Post Brexit Britain has lurched sharply to the right. In the wake of the break with Europe, Scotland has seceded from the Union. A hard border now exists between England and Scotland, and after global instability and a huge economic crash, it has been made illegal to be Muslim in Britain.

 

 

  • Saturday 22nd, 9pm ‘The Staffroom’ Written and Directed by Michelle Payne

 

5- Stars London Theatre Pubs ‘Could easily be a TV sitcom’

They’re teaching our children, but are they teaching the right things?

Three young teachers navigate their way through adulthood and educating. A peek inside a state school staff room. With fad diets, Instagram abs and the government imposing a sugar tax, do the educators even know what is good for us? A Geography, History and PE teacher form an unlikely friendship within the dynamics and the solace of the staff room, bonding over all that matters; biscuits and banter.

Go to the shows specific blog post to find out more ……

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