‘Speci-Man’ was a short play taken from an early scratch night, written by Jayne Woodhouse and Directed by Calum Robshaw the show opens the New Writing Festival Monday 17th at 7.30pm.
How has Actor Awareness helped you?
Enormously! By staging my work and providing audience feedback which has been so important in helping me progress. I’ve had the confidence to develop 2 short pieces which were performed at Scratch Nights — Speci-Man and Owls — into full-length plays as a result. Actor Awareness has also enabled me to connect with many very talented actors, directors and other writers, so that I can see and learn from their work.
What do you hope to get from the festival?
I’m hoping to discover whether my play can hold the audience’s interest for the full 60 minutes, which will mean finding out whether the lines I thought were funny really do make people laugh. This is a great opportunity to bring my writing to a wider audience in a great venue, and to gain valuable lessons for re-writing from their feedback. And I also hope the piece will be strong enough for the hard-working cast and director to get noticed, too.
In three words tell us your writing style…
Edgy, challenging, real
In one sentence sell us your play
Speci-Man is a comedy about gender, where you discover what one of the last surviving men on earth might be like.
About the writer…… Jayne Woodhouse
I have been a professional author for several years, and have written many successful non-fiction books for children and curriculum resources for schools. More recently, I made the move into fiction, publishing a trilogy of novels for children and an eBook collection of short stories for adults, Getting Away. For the last three years I have also been teaching creative writing to adults and have really enjoyed seeing people achieve their own successes as a result of my courses. I began writing for the stage in 2015. This means I now get to write all the good stuff (the dialogue), while missing out the boring bits. I have had a number of short plays performed locally and in London theatres; my first full-length play, ‘Living with George’, premiered at the Brighton Fringe in May this year. Actor Awareness have been very supportive of my writing: their ethos of involvement for all and encouragement of new work are things which I value highly. Two of my pieces from their scratch nights, ‘Speci-Man’ and ‘Owls’ have developed into long plays. I really enjoy the collaborative process of working in theatre, which is so different to the solitary life of a novelist. I am particularly interested in contemporary issues confronting society and also creating strong, challenging roles for female actors.
Adam is played by Dave House
Dr Morgan Ellis is played by Vivi Gaskin
Prof Gwen Reece is played by Catherine Irlam