[SM] The Visitor @ The Hen and Chickens Theatre

On the 23rd and 24th August I will be operating on ‘The Visitor’ at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington, London.

A charming comedy with a dark twist highlighting naivety in young adults. Set in 1981 a fly on the wall look at an average night out for Caz and Shell who find themselves part of the New Romantic movement. The arrival of an unwanted visitor turns a normal night into a different place when things spiral out of control.

This short and quirky one-act play is being performed as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.

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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 “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

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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”

Starfish is Now Available on YouTube

Back in August 2016, my short play Starfish was performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. I am now pleased to say that a full recording of that performance is available to watch on YouTube. (English subtitles can be turned on by clicking the button in the bottom right corner of the video.)

After a Christmas party that Kaitlyn would prefer to forget; her girlfriend, Nicola, takes her to the beach to try and get her head back together. However, Kaitlyn discovers that Nicola may have other reasons to keep her from breaking down.

The Winter’s Tale @ City Lit

When I’m not writing, I also work as a stage manager in the West End. I’ve decided to add the larger productions I’m working on to this blog. This December I’m working as the DSM on a production of The Winter’s Tale at City Lit in Holborn.

Poster for The Winter’s Tale

Directed by Petina Hapgood, this production features an impressive cast of 19 actors and will be performed on 6th – 9th December in City Lit’s John Lyon’s Theatre. Preview below.