C’est La Vie

Written by Stephanie Silver  /  Directed by Emelia Marshall Lovsey

How has Actor Awareness helped you?

Actor Awareness is like a baby for me and working alongside Tom Stocks over the last 2 and half years , I find myself wanting to do more and more and help the campaign along further. My passion is new writing and events so I produce the new writing nights and events such as the New Writing Festival. It gives me a chance to try out and platform some of my work and meet lots of great and creative people. There is a lot of people who follow the campaign and regulars who come to events and this gives a great sense of working towards a shared interest. Actor Awareness has given me confidence and the shove to just get on with things and a realization that there are other roles I like doing in theatre such as writing and producing.

What do you hope to get from the festival?

I have had ‘C’est La Vie’ on in May at Wandsworth fringe and 3 nights at Theatre N16, I would love for it to venture to another venue but 6 actors is a lot of people and at this moment in time I can’t afford the financial risk, so the festival is another chance to tell a rather important story.

In three words tell us your writing style?

I asked my friend who directs most of my work this question as my writing is very broad, she says ‘gritty, gripping and relevant’

In One sentence tell us your play?

Funny, sexy, raw, real and sometimes painful to watch

About the Writer

Stephanie Silver (that’s me)

Stephanie is an actor/writer and producer. Her first play ‘The Monologues of a Tired Nurse’ was a candid honest portrayal of working in the NHS after 8 years as a nurse herself. The play received 4-stars London Theatre Pubs & Breaking The Fourth wall and has toured around London 2017 and Edinburgh 2016. She also produces bi-monthly new writing events for Actor Awareness and is producing their upcoming new writing festival. Her 2nd play ‘C’est la Vie’ won an open submission in Australia 2017 and was produced in Melbourne by Owl and cat Theatre, it was produced in London at Theatre N16 in May by Glass Half Full Theatre. Stephanie completed the playwriting lab 2016 with play ‘Baby’. Stephanie produces her own work through Glass half Full Theatre, website here https://tanheartssteph.wixsite.com/glasshalffulltheatre

Director Emelia Marshall Lovsey

Emelia has worked extensively with Glass Half Full, acting, directing and now collaborating in writing for their next production ‘Walk of Shame’ . Stephanie and Emelia met at a Lamda audition and after met, planned world domination and have been inseparable since. ‘C’est La Vie’ is Emelia’s first full length directorial début.

 

Cast

Harry Boyd as Josh and Charlotte Hunter as Susie

Gianbruno Spena as Matthew and Stephanie Silver as Louise

Kate ‘o Rourke as Maxine and Philippa James as Claire

Productions stills by Jennifer Evans photography

 

Speci-Man

                                                                

     ‘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.

Cast

Adam is played by Dave House

Dr Morgan Ellis is played by Vivi Gaskin

Prof Gwen Reece is played by Catherine Irlam

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.

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