Wednesday July 19th at 7.30pm
WORSOOZ, Longlisted for the Papatango Playwrights Award, London Written by Catherine Kay / Directed by Kevin Russell / Performed by Actor Awareness
An assured piece of writing – beautiful and tender. Suzanne Bell (New Writing Associate, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester / Everyman Theatre, Liverpool)
Refreshing, political and feminist.Janis Chambers (New Writing Associate, Octagon Theatre, Bolton)
Detailed characterisation, playful dialogue, touching and funny. A promising voice. (Papatango Playwrights Award, London)
A play born out of Thatcher’s Britain…When 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 in to a secret world where only men can belong. Set in the late 1980’s against the backdrop of the rise of the women’s refuge movement, Worsooz is a semi-autobiographical story of how far one girl will go for the love of a father.
Worsooz journeys to the dark corners of Thatcher’s Britain to explore the lives of people living in a city where there’s ‘no such thing as society’. The people are real, their stories universal. This is 80’s Britain but just as relevant today in 2017.
Worsooz is directed by Kevin Russell who directed the successful revival of Hang by Debbie Tucker Green for the Edinburgh Festival 2016, winning Best production of a Drama and Best Performance in a drama for Tiannah Viechweg at the Derek Awards. The production also played at the Brighton Festival and will be produced later this year in London. Other directing credits include the London premier of the Bryony Lavery adaptation of Henrik Ibsen, A Dolls’ House. Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson, My Best Friend by Tamsin Olgesby, Barons Court Theatre, all receiving 4 and 5 star reviews. Homefront, Rosie MacPherson Jermyn Street Theatre. 6am Hospital Chapel, Dick Curran Bread and Roses Theatre.
Catherine Kay is a writer, actress and producer from Manchester. Her first play Bubbysaurus attracted positive feedback from literary managers in new writing theatres like Hampstead and Soho Theatre, directors like Max Stafford Clark and iconoclast writers like Edward Bond. A single parent at 18 and unimpressed by not seeing the sorts of writing for performance that reflected her own life experiences, Catherine produced Bubbysaurus a play about Love, Friendship, Babies and Raves at Contact Theatre (Manchester) and the production gained critical acclaim with sell out audiences and was later nominated for an MEN Theatre Award for Best New Play.
After a long stint in the literary wilderness, Catherine returned to theatre with her second play Just One Day an uncompromising and unsanitised story about sexual violence and the F word. The play was researched and developed with the support of Manchester Rape Crisis and STAR (Surviving Trauma after Rape) Wakefield. Catherine produced Just One Day at Lowry Theatre (Salford), receiving a 5 star review. The script was published by Playdead Press in 2014.
Catherine Kay says of her new play, ‘I’m very excited about the production of Worsooz. I wrote the play as a wedding gift for a close friend of mine. I’m also really pleased about working with the director Kevin Russell and the brilliant Actor Awareness, I wish they’d been around when I first started out to help fight my corner. It’s very uplifting and empowering the way that they’re collaborating with actors, writers and directors.’
Worsooz will be published by Playdead Press later in (2017)
How has Actor Awareness helped you?
Actor Awareness has been a god send in terms of my play Worsooz being seen and heard by the general public. Their divine intervention has enabled me to collaborate with talented professionals and use my work as a vehicle to generate opportunities for others and exercise my lofty ideals about art being for everyone.
What do you hope to get fro the festival?
Due to an hour long extract of Worsooz being performed at the festival I have already secured the publication of the script. Additionally to this I would like the full play to be commissioned by a new writing theatre or on the strength of public and industry feedback secure funding for a co-production of the play.
In three words tell us your writing style?
In Yer Face
In One sentence tell us your play?
Power is never given it is taken.
Above photo taken at the Actor Awareness scratch
About the writer….
Catherine is a writer, actor and producer. She studied a Postgraduate in Writing for the Stage at The Arden School of Theatre and a Masters in Screenwriting at Screen Academy (Scotland). Her credits include Bubbysaurus, nominated for an MEN award for best new play and produced at Contact Theatre (Manchester) and Unity Theatre (Liverpool). Just One Day produced at The Lowry Theatre (Salford) and published by Play Dead Press. Worsooz, longlisted for The Papatango Playwrights Award (London) and published by Play Dead Press (2017). Catherine is currently writing a musical / lyrical love letter dedicated to her beloved hometown of Manchester.
Directed by Kevin Russell
Kevin directed the 5-star Edinburgh & Brighton Fringe sell out ‘Hang’ by Debbie Tucker Green 2016-2017.
Hang won Best Drama and Best Individual Performance for Tiannah Viechweg at The Derek Awards and was short-listed with two other productions for the prestigious James Tait Black Award. Kevin is an experienced director directing a wide variety of styles including the London Premier of Bryony Lavery adaptation of Henrik Ibsen: A Dolls House a new musical for Goldsmith Universcity, London and several new pieces of writing.
Additionally Kevin recently directed a new play called: 6am Hospital Chapel for Free Rayne Artists which was performed at the Southwick Playhouse April 2017.
Heather Howard plays Matilda
Jayne Edwards plays Anne (Worsooz mother girlfriend)
Nigel Fyfe plays Nick (Worsooz dad)
Mark Forester plays Geordie Nicks friend.
Vicky Winnings plays Alberta (Worsooz mum)
Kate O’ Rourke plays Joyce
Chloe Dark plays Worsooz