Scenic Reality is Coming to The Camden Fringe!

Ever since Scenic Reality was performed as a very successful rehearsed reading at The Hope Theatre last year, Samantha and I have been really excited about giving the show a proper run. I can now announce that that time has arrived! Scenic Reality is coming to The Hen & Chickens Theatre this August as part of The Camden Fringe Festival 2019!

Four friends leave school with uncertain futures. One of them, A* student and non-binary auteur Damien Blake, wants to create something important. Film is their medium; immediate and open to manipulation. Set against a background of increasing societal pressures, rising university fees and what can be seen as a youth mental health crisis, Damien’s obsession with exploring what reality actually is starts to put a strain on their relationships.

Presented by New Room Theatre, the show will be performed at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington on the 7th – 11th August at 6pm each evening, and if you can to last year’s reading, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve put your feedback to good use in terms of editing and restructuring.

Ticket have just gone on sale, so if you want to be one of the first to book tickets, now is the perfect time to do so. If you’re interested in following the production, you can like and follow our brand new Facebook page, dedicated to Scenic Reality. (As always, you can also follow my own page on Facebook to keep up with other projects.)

This show has been a wonderful journey so far for me, Samantha and everyone else involved, and there’s still plenty to announce so be sure to follow closely to the Facebook page for more announcements leading up to the show. It’s going to be brilliant!

[SM] Remember the Clause @ The Courtyard Theatre

From the 19th June to 7th July, I’ll be stage managing for All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company. Their new season of shows, ‘Remember The Clause‘, is playing at The Courtyard Theatre in Old Street and features three full length shows.

  • Measure for Measure (LGBT Version) by William Shakespeare
  • As Is by William F. Hoffman
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

These three plays are running on different nights, so be sure to check to see which plays are running on which evening.

Remember the Clause commemorates the 30th anniversary of Clause 28, a UK ruling which forbade schools from promoting or even awknowledging the existence of homosexuality.

I am very happy to be a part of this project and I’m really happy to be working with this wonderful and friendly company. Continue reading “[SM] Remember the Clause @ The Courtyard Theatre”

Scenic Reality – Thank You!

It’s now been a couple of weeks since Scenic Reality was performed as a rehearsed reading at the Hope Theatre last month. I’ve had some time to digest all the feedback from everyone who came to see the reading and begin working on the next edit of the play. I’d like to thank Abbigayle Bircham, Ayse Huseyin and Olly Nelken (Mornington Media) for managing the recording of the performance.

While the recorded version of the reading probably won’t be publically released any time soon, there will still be more opportunities to see Scenic Reality as well as other projects that I’m a part of by following me on Facebook, Twitter and the blog. My director, Samantha Wright, and I have definately not finished with this show yet so be sure to keep an eye out, but in the mean time here’s a few moments from last month’s show:

Gender Neutral Playwriting

As my first one-act play, Scenic Reality, is getting its’ first performance next month, I thought I’d write a bit about something that was very important to me when writing the play; that is, making sure that the characters could be played by as many different kinds of people as possible. This naturally led to questions about gender, and how I could give people the option to change a characters gender without affecting the story or the text itself. I was a bit wary about not giving the characters any gender at all, as I felt that would make the characters too hard to picture on paper, and writing ‘he/she/they’ every time it came up in the script would be a nightmare to read. Continue reading “Gender Neutral Playwriting”

Scenic Reality Venue Announced

We are pleased to confirm the venue of Scenic Reality’s rehearsed reading. It will be at The Hope Theatre, Upper Street N1. The reading will be from 3pm to 4pm on 27th April and there will be time for feedback afterwards.

Tickets are still available and are free, so be sure to get on EventBrite if you would like to see the show.

Please note: the reading is no longer at the Hen & Chickens theatre as previously referred to. Any tickets already reserved are still valid.

You can find details on the show here. Continue reading “Scenic Reality Venue Announced”

Scenic Reality Rehearsed Reading

Reserve tickets on EventBrite

Damien Blake has been trying to be a renowned film director ever since they left school. They starts their journey with their three best friends, a bleak outlook of society and a desire to create something important. They ends their journey with only one of these things. Set against the background of rising university fees and rising university pressures, Scenic Reality is about the trials and fears behind moving into the real world and how some of us desperately try to avoid it.

Scenic Reality is coming to the Hope Theatre. On the 27th April 2018, at 3pm, this rehearsed reading will be the first public performance a play that I’ve been working on for a while. Directed by the wonderful Samantha Wright (Co-Founder of New Room Theatre) and with a brilliant cast.

To book tickets, click the link above or below this post. All tickets are free but please only book them once you have confirmed you can come as seating is limited.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Continue reading “Scenic Reality Rehearsed Reading”