Plays

A New Chapter

July 2017

Cast: Sasha Walker as Stella
Directed by Sian Notley
Produced by Quirkhouse Theatre Company

Quirkhouse 5 Bury St Edmunds

Stella has a house full of self help books and is convinced the next one will change her life. You could say she was addicted. But Adam has other ideas about what she needs to read.

Three Courses

July 2015
Cast: Holli Dillon
Dramaturg: Dan Sherer
Lightbulb Festival: Colchester

 

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In an unusual walking monologue, a girl in an art gallery is worried about the rules of eating in there. She takes the audience to a restaurant and then a picnic area as her story unfolds and we learn the part food has played in the key moments of her life.

Naked

by Jessica Burgess based on a story by Clare Shaw.
Vault Festival, Waterloo, Feb 2015
Jodi: Jessica Burgess
Matt: Vincent Enderby
Dramaturg: Sophie Moniram
Director: Lynette Linton

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Ten years after Matt posts a naked picture of Jodi online, they meet up. Jodi is angry and she’s out for revenge, but can Matt really be held responsible for the mistakes he made as an impulsive teenager. How can we ever move on from the past when the past remains forever online?

Selling Shoes in Southend

February 2014
Directed by Gari Jones
Sue: Natasha Rickman
Jake: Owen Findlay
Recorded by Frequency Theatre – edited by Bethany Sharp-Mcleod

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A budget hotel receptionist or a purveyor of second chances? Having been stuck in life’s slow lane for too long, travelling salesman Jake just wants to lay his head down for the night, but at this unusual hotel the journey is only just beginning.

Broken News

New Wimbledon Theatre
4th – 7th April 2012.
Produced by Squint Theatre company
Directed by Andy Whyment
Written by Clare Shaw, Andy Whyment and Adam Foster.

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Review
With a running time of less than an hour, Squint’s Broken News at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre packs in an energetic production with a compact story fit for the micro-narrative society that we are becoming. Here I am referring to our obsessive nature of consuming media in bite-sized chunks, cramming in updates on politics, world news and friends around our already hectic lifestyles… Broken News weaves three interconnecting stories of people pushed to their limits, trying to balance their work and personal lives. These are contrasted against the slightly philosophical narrative of Percy Spencer, inventor of the microwave oven – the device intended to give us the freedom of time.
Considering Squint has only been working on the script of Broken News along with the staging for a matter of months, it is surprisingly slick in both narrative and direction. Adam Foster, Claire Shaw and Andrew Whyment condense their writing into a gripping ………..

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Start With the Kitchen Floor

Cockpit Theatre, 8th January 2012
Produced By Squint.
Directed By Andy Whyment
Donna: Imogen Rose
Sandra: Johannah Jolson

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A play set in the time of the 1980s miners’ strike. Policeman’s wife, Donna, and miner’s wife, Sandra, haven’t spoken for months because of the bad feeling between the police and the striking miners. So why does Sandra suddenly turn up at Donna’s house as if nothing has happened? Could it be that Sandra wants to see the Torville and Dean Olympic final so much she is prepared to put their differences behind them? But is Donna able to forgive?

The Book Group

ADC Theatre Cambridge (rehearsed reading) June 2010.
Directed by Michelle Golder
Geraldine: Debbie Gallagher

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Geraldine likes to think of herself as the Margaret Thatcher of the Literary World so it is only natural that she should be in charge of the book group. But how will she cope with the other members who want to read Virginia Woolf while she herself favours Jackie Collins? And will she be able to hold on to her leadership or will she be challenged by the likes of Roger and Sonia?

And So To The Main Course

The Horsebridge, Whitstable, 7th December 2011
Directed by Sam Hall
Sue: Anna Farnworth
Sue has a confession to make. But first she needs you to understand how difficult her husband has been and what he really means by ‘And so to the main course.’

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Your Inner Simon Cowell

ADC Theatre, Cambridge 23rd October 2011
Director: Pam Jenner
Richard – Adrian Lent
Rose – Rachel Nielson
Waiter – Angela Rowland
Abigail – Corinna Gordon –Barnes

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Richard and Rose have a blind date. But who is Abigail who sits at the bar and is signalling to Richard and texting him? And can Richard come to terms with the fussy eating habits of Rose? This comedy drama looks at how we learn to love each other’s most annoying foibles.

Samaritan with Soup – A Radio Play

Broadcast on Radio North May 1st 7.30 pm 2011
Directed by Hugh Allison
Sam played by Martin Brady
Carl played by Jamie Hannon
Policewoman by Vicky Trower
Other cast members: Eva Maler, Linda Large

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A guilty samaritan takes a beggar home for soup but is his altruistic act all it seems?

The Big Target

ADC Theatre Cambridge (rehearsed reading) Feb 2010
Directed by Julia Bolden
Abigail: Sevya Bonin-Briginshaw
Mother/Receptionist: Sarah Ingram
Man/Doctor: Leon Coleman
Woman/Nurse: Erica Dupuy
Porter/Counsellor: Adam Augustyn

Set in the near future, The Big Target follows the life of Abigail, a government co-owned child who must meet all the targets set for her, including the elusive big target. This play questions target setting in health and education and wonders whether anyone can every be really happy. Big questions, a big play and some very big ideas.

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The Other Roof

The Rosemary Branch January 10 and July and The Pleasance July 10 2010 .
January: Directed by Cathel Cleary
Andy – David Swaine
Bill – Stuart Sessions

July: Directed by Hugh Allison
Andy – Duncan Armitage
Bill – Stephen Chance

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Andy is on a roof about to jump off when Bill arrives and stops him. Bill wants the roof for himself so he can sing opera without anyone hearing him. What is Bill avoiding with his strange and often hilarious banter with Andy? And what is it that really connects the two men? This play asks the question – is life worth living, as Andy likens himself to Sisyphus coming round every year on his birthday to try and kill himself. Will this be the year when Andy finally jumps?

Surveillance

Chicken and Hens Theatre Islington and the Proud Cabaret Club…2009
Produced by Spilt Milk
Director Alison Goldsmith

Peter – Robert Dobson
Alice – Sherry Newton
Simon – Toby Spearpoint

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Alice and Simon visit their neighbour, Pete, with a petition objecting to his obscene behaviour. But he claims he is a harmless naturist. But Simon is the local surveillance officer and his cameras are pointing at Pete’s garden. Whose privacy is at risk? Do Simon’s cameras protect society or intrude on it? And why does Pete seem to be attracted to the rather dotty Alice?

Parenting

Pulse Festival Ipswich 2009 (rehearsed reading)
Directed by Rob Salmon
Cast includes Danusia Iwaszko as Barbara

When Amy’s mother dies, she discovers that she was bought up using the Quinn method of parenting. But is this why she now finds life so difficult and why she never got on with her mother? Should she be blaming Barbara Quinn rather than her mother for everything that has happened. This play explores what happens when Amy meets Barbara Quinn. Will Barbara help Amy see parenting in a different light?

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The Glenn Miller Neurosis Programme

Barnes Arts Centre 2008
Produced by Cardboard Dreams Productions
Directed by Christine Lohr
Gloria: Maggie Stride
Susan: Victoria Kempton
Lucy: Kirsten Parks

Susan is stuck between sorting out the problems of her teenage daughter and caring for her elderly, very forgetful mother. In this play about the sandwich generation, Susan deals with her stress by shouting out her confessions to the sound of her mother’s Glenn Miller records. Will Susan be able to look after her own needs or is she destined to be a martyr and slave to all? Perhaps Glenn Miller helps all three women as they try and dance their way through life.

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Hothouse

York University 2006
Produced by the Real People Theatre Company
Directed by Sue Lister
Performed by members of the company.

In this allegory of global warming, three women are getting very warm indeed in the room they are in charge of. There is litter everywhere and the plants need watering but Vera seems to be doing all the work while one of the other women just organises endless protests and the other collects statistics just to prove how hot they are. As if they didn’t know! Will they ever stop arguing and sort their mess out?

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