Time to stray…

People! The time has come! After a successful Zequs crowdfunding campaign, we go on in London at the end of the month. Straying in Seattle is coming to town! Get your TICKETS here.

Straying in Seattle is a pair of comedies about love, lies, and getting laid – Seattle-style.

Monogamish – Helena’s getting hitched. Charles is doing it differently. And after seven years with Roger, Toby’s got marriage on his mind. When Washington State gives the thumbs up to same sex marriage, Roger gets ready to pop the question… But what exactly does he want to ask?

How Will I Know? – As Seattle celebrates Halloween, three housemates have bigger things to be afraid of. Mark would do anything to keep his Mexican boyfriend in the country, but marriage isn’t on the cards yet. When his best friend Brooke offers a helping hand, it seems the trio has hatched the perfect plan. But who are they really trying to fool?

Performance Dates:

28th January – 2nd February 2014.

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Sunday at 6pm

Tickets: £14 (£10 concessions)
http://whitebeartheatre.co.uk/event/details/monogamish-how-will-i-know-double-bill/

Box Office: 0844 8700 887
(£1.50 booking per call)

Straying in Seattle Poster

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Post-Edinburgh post

Yes, Edinburgh ended a while ago, but it was still a pretty cool experience worth posting about.

“XY” went really well. We were at the Pleasance That in the Pleasance Courtyard complex. Crowds were good and despite a rocky first preview (the previous company managed to erase all our tech queues!), everything turned out great. Here’s a shout out to the trusty people at Papercut Theatre for putting on an excellent show!

I got a really nice review on BroadwayWorld.com. Since my little play only ran one week (as part of a rotating bill of 4 short plays), it was a bit tough to get it seen by many reviewers, nonetheless a nice notice was a pleasant surprise. And who knew BroadwayWorld reviewed shows that were not on Broadway?

The show began with the strongest offering, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by German Munoz, an interesting tale of the relationship between a disabled person and the partner they discover to be a “devotee” – someone who is particularly attracted to those with disabilities. The two people in the relationship just happened to both be female, but with the concept in mind, this was written simply as a relationship, rather than specifically a lesbian relationship, allowing the show to successfully present interesting female characters and an LGBT relationship without objectification. – BroadwayWorld.com

 

It was very fun being a punter as well as a participant at the Fringe. I got a shiny little Pleasance pass because I was a company member of “XY” so I got to see Pleasance productions for free (granted they weren’t sold out). How cool is that? Plus since the writing work was done, I could also relax. Sort of.

My Pleasance pass

For my future self, here is a reminder list about what to do if I ever take a play to Edinburgh:

  1. Taking a straight play to Edinburgh (outside of the Traverse at least) is not the best idea. You’re competing with a lot of really quirky/different/musical/comic/performance/dancy material. Unless your play distinguishes itself, a lot, it’s even harder to stand out.
  2. Your poster needs to sell the show. In about 0.35 seconds.
  3. It’s very, very expensive.

Anyway, I doubt my future self will heed these warnings and will gladly jump at another chance of having one of my plays on at the Fringe.

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These are a few of my favourite plays…

English Touring Theatre recently made a call to people to tell them their favourite play. They intend to program a season based on the results of their crowdsourcing. The risks of doing this are many, but this post is not intended to discuss this specific endeavour. Filling out their brief poll made me think about what my all-time favourite plays were. And so I’ve compiled a “Top 10″ list. They’re in no particular order, but these are plays that have left their mark on me…

10. Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire

I love this play because of the world the playwright creates. It’s weird and zany but also dark and dangerous. It’s like a fun-house mirror image of reality. Hilarious and dark. Loves it.

9. The house of blue leaves by John Guare

John Guare at his comic/tragic best. He takes the American dream and smashes it into a million pieces and shows us the remains. It’s a very funny tragedy about what is essentially a plot to blow up the Pope when he visited New York City in the 1960’s. Hilarious.

8. Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

The first act of this show is a very funny but pretty standard 30-something relationship play. Yawn. But this ends up being a great setup for the far superior Act II, which is insightful and moving. A tribute to the fallen women of old.

7. The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

One of the weirdest, darkest most unnerving plays I’ve ever seen. A modern classic. A valentine to storytelling in general and a very funny play about a serial killer of children. It’s a perfect, black comic gem.

5. Cock by Mike Bartlett

Another relationship play. But what a specimen. The ultimate bitch fight in which a man has to choose between another man and a woman. Smart, surprising, sparse and incredibly dramatic.

4. Loot by Joe Orton

Orton was a master of social criticism, wit and humour. I prefer this farce to the more polished “What the butler saw”. Orton has a knack for finding the hilarity in the darkest parts of human nature.

6. The beauty queen of Lenaane by Martin McDonagh

Small, vicious and sweet. This little play is expertly crafted, everything just fits together perfectly. What happens when you marry a savage sense of humour and a keen sense of human despair and desperation.

 3. Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Another classic. Never has marital dysfunction been so entertaining. And what an ending, emotional devastation that is oddly hopeful.

2. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang

This is one of the most bizarre plays that’s ever crossed my path. Its structure is odd and the protagonist is a selfish jerk. Yet it’s an unforgettable experience. A fascinating play of ideas that pits East against West, taking the classic opera Madame Butterfly and turning it on its head.

1. Six degrees of separation by John Guare

I first saw the excellent film adaptation and then read the play itself. What a ride. Social criticism, comedy, tragedy, homeless con artists and the upper middle classes. And it supposedly originated from a real-life story. A wildly entertaining piece of work. This is the one I submitted as my all-time favourite.

OK, yes the list was somewhat in order of adoration. Sue me…

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XY in London and Edinburgh!

XYThis Tuesday is the Edinburgh Preview for my short play that’ a part of Papercut Theatre’s XY. If you’re not going up to Edinburgh, and are in London, it’ll be your last chance to see it. It’s on at Theatre503 in Battersea. Here’s the FB event.

My short is called “Hopelessly devoted to you“. It features wheelchair sex and skydiving. That’s my main marketing pitch and I’m sticking to it. I really like this darkly comic little play and what the director and cast have done with it, so I hope folks get to see it.

It premiered last December at Theatre503 and will be on at the Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 31 July to 4 Aug as part of the rotating set of plays that will make up XY.

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XY – Edinburgh Preview

Our writers were given a simple job. Write a short play without specifying gender for any of the characters. One play. No gender. Endless possibilities.

Ahead of their residency at the Pleasance Courtyard at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Papercut Theatre present a selection of plays from their acclaimed short play festival.

23rd July, 7pm

Plays
‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ by German Munoz
Directed by Amanda Castro
Cast: Ines De Clercq, Kelda Holmes & Gemma Lawrence

‘The Endings’ by Sara Pascoe
Directed by Antonio Ferrara
Cast: TBC

‘Spunk’ by Rose Lewenstein
Directed by Antonio Ferrara
Cast: TBC

‘Everweather’ by Afsaneh Gray
Directed by Melissa Dunne
Cast: Martin Behrman, Hatty Jones & Gemma Lawrence

24th July, 7pm

‘Blame’ written by Peter Cant and and directed by Diana Mumbi
Cast: TBC

Spineless by Tobias Wright
Cast: Sophie Dickson Kirsten Hazel-Smith Scott Wilson-Besgrove

‘Chemotherapy’ by Stephen Sharkey
Directed by Kate Baiden
Cast: TBC

‘Gorilla Banana’ by Lisa Carroll
Directed by Kate Baiden
Cast: TBC

“XY falls within this long tradition of original, challenging new plays.” – A Younger Theatre

“A clever production idea…kept the audience involved and interested throughout.” – ★★★★ One Stop Arts

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