- Written by - Shakira Newton
- Directed by - Tyrone Huntley
- Written by - Jodie Garnish
- Directed by - Diane Page
- Written by - Julia Grogan
- Directed by - Beth Kapila
After months of reading, discussing, umm-ing and ah-ing, we are DELIGHTED to announce the three selected plays for our online play readings! We were overwhelmed by the response to our open submission window and by the quality of the plays! There are so many incredible writers out there but these three scripts caught our reader's eyes... We can't wait to share these rehearsed readings with you over Zoom as part of our Wildcard Full House Programme. Check out a bit about the selected plays and how to book your free place below! Then, put your feet up, and come and watch some of the most exciting new writing around.
Things I Can Laugh About Now
Things I Can Laugh About Now is a one-person comedy about a 20-something mixed race girl who has navigated her way through her childhood traumas and domestic abusive relationship, using comedy to ease her through the tragedy. It covers themes of mental health, domestic violence and self discovery. The writer and performer, Shakira Newton, is about to enter her third and final year at drama school. She has also recently created a theatre company named Piece of Cake Theatre Company, which is dedicated to uplifting, celebrating and giving opportunities to Artists of Colour in the performing arts industry. POC Theatre Co (@POCTheatreco on Instagram and Twitter) have collaborated twice with the National Youth Theatre and will be doing a special showcase with East 15 Acting School around Easter time if COVID-19 restrictions allow. They have also done and IGTV project over the past month on their Instagram, where they have been posting self-tapes and movement pieces which have been submitted by some awesome ‘BAME’ talent. Shakira hopes to be able to keep doing more projects like this in future, as well as, devising and showing plays, not about being black or brown, but about black and brown people being.”
Reading date: Friday 31st July at 7:30pm on Zoom
"We're like Bonnie & Clyde! Except poor. And unattractive."
"And in Norfolk."
"Yeah. But other than that, we're exactly like Bonnie & Clyde."
When a chance meeting leads Joe and Mia to a petty crime spree across their rural village, they both see an opportunity to change their lives. But can they rise above their circumstances before their pasts catch up to them?
Reading date: Friday 28th August, 1PM - 3PM
Kiera, Zainab and Lucy are smart, hilarious and savvy. They've figured out that there are some things school sex ed lessons don't cover; now, away from prying eyes, they're going to find the answers. By turns funny and poignant, their experiences as they grow from girls into women shine a light on sex and sexuality. Informed by the rise in violence in mainstream pornography, Playfight fizzes with razor-sharp dialogue and vital questions.
Reading date: Friday 25th September at 1PM on Zoom
Things I Can Laugh About Now
Jodie is an actress and writer who studied at the University of East Anglia, and then trained in acting at Drama Studio London. Since graduating in 2016 she has worked predominantly in theatre, often in plays that she has written herself. These include: ‘Grimm: An Untold Tale’, Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; ‘The Thinking Machine’, The Soho Theatre and Glass Splinters at the Pleasance, Islington; ‘Ghosted’, Pulse Festival, New Wolsey theatre. Her plays have been shortlisted for the Les Enfants Terribles award and longlisted for the Heretic Voices award. Most recently, she toured Italy playing Gwendolen in a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’
Kwami recently starred in Inua Ellam’s two-hander HALF GOD OF RAINFALL at the Kiln Theatre, and in the lead role in the Arcola’s HUNGER, directed by Fay Lomas. Kwami trained with the National Youth Theatre’s Rep Company, and was soon cast in the National's hit run of THE BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES. Other theatre credits include A Christmas Carol at the RSC, and Queen Margaret at the Royal Exchange. Kwami has recently shot roles on TV Project THE ROOK as well as THE ATHENA and the BBC’s DOCTORS. Kwami is a founding member of the award-winning physical theatre company The PappyShow. He also works as a movement director. Credits include Barber Shop Chronicles US/UK Tour and choreography on Ben Roberts music video for Golden Age.
Rachel is an actor and movement director. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, runs award winning theatre company The PappyShow and is an Associate Artist of National Youth Theatre. Recent Acting Credits include: Antigone (New Diorama), The Butterfly Lion (Chichester Festival Theatre), Doctors (BBC) and Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (Unicorn Theatre). Recent Movement Director Credits include: The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theatre), Omelette (Vault Festival), Storm (Vault Festival) and DNA (National Youth Theatre/ Southwark Playhouse).
THEATRE - The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (The Apollo Theatre), The Play That Goes Wrong (The Duchess Theatre), Love Your Soldiers (The Crucible Theatre), Staunch (The Arcola Theatre), Just For Fun Totally Random (Various) & I Need To Vent (The Vaults Theatre). TELEVISION & FILM - We Hunt Together (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Goes Wrong Show (Big Talk), Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (BBC), The Javone Prince Show (BBC), Call The Midwife (BBC), Breathless (ITV), Phoneshop (BBC), Frankie (BBC), Charity (Short Film) & Life Support (Short Film)
Theatre Credits Include: Peter Pan Reimagined (The Birmingham Rep); Rebel Music (The Birmingham Rep); This Beautiful Future (The Yard Theatre); Blue (Richard Burton Theatre Company) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Television Credits Include: Bliss (Sky One) and Broadchurch Series 3 (ITV).
Theatre includes: RSC Swan Season 2019-2020 ( King John, A Museum In Baghdad, The Whip), War With the Newts (Knaive Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep), Hijabi Monologues (Bush Theatre), Between the Two (Birmingham Rep), Jamie! (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Burning Books (Leicester Curve/Arena Theatre), Between The Two (Birmingham Rep), WAKE (Birmingham Opera Company), BUTTER (The Vaults), Phone Home (Upstart London/Sfendoni Athens/Pathos Munich), Little Stitches (Time Won't Wait), Under The Stars (Birmingham Rep) Radio includes: The Archers (BBC radio) Television includes: Charity Shop Sue (Sky Arts)