Write Now One
Act Play Festival 2012
Friday 30th March to Saturday 7th April
The Actors’ Studio, 36 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4B
Liverpool’s was an idea which had been slowly reaching germination
for more than five years and is back for its second year.
Mention of Edinburgh, Brighton, Buxton even Manchester’s 24:7 are
fairly frequent within playwright circles yet it seemed unusual for a
city which gave the world Willy Russell, Jimmy McGovern and more had limited
occasion for new writing to be aired outside of the Everyman Playhouse
Thus 2010 saw the inaugural Write Now Festival, eight days of eight one-act
plays at Liverpool Actors’ Studio on Seel Street in the city-centre
and Write Now 2012 promises more of the same and more!
As well as ten world premiere plays, Write Now 2012, has exciting new
events including MonologueJAM, a chance to showcase new acting talent
in front of industry professionals and EndGame, set in a dystopian apocalyptic
world where each character only has 5 minutes left on earth.
Write Now also has a fantastic writing forum event supported by North
West Playwrights which is free of charge.
Write Now 2012:
“2011 was a huge success” admits Festival Director Ian Moore,
“and Easter 2012 will see the Write Now Festival, another ten new
one-act plays, all hoping to build upon the astonishing achievement of
“We’ve got something for everyone with comedy, drama, farce
and shocking psychological theatre in a great season of new writing.”
With so many submissions at an even higher standard than last year judging
which plays were put through to performance was no easy feat. There was
some fierce competition for the eight spots up for grabs.
“We were more than pleasantly surprised by this year’s submissions.
Twenty of them we could have easily taken forward to the festival –
the standard was just that high!”
But it wasn’t just the standard that came as a surprise to Ian
and the judging panel
“With the media painting such a doom and gloom image at the moment,
with job losses and government cuts, you may think that this negativity
would be reflected in the plays – but not so! We were overwhelmed
by how positive the plays were, even when dealing with the big issues.”
The Plays and Playwrights:
Liverpool playwrights are well represented in Write Now 2012 with three
pieces involved this year. ‘Grease Monkeys’, by Liverpool
playwright James Antonio, makes its debut on the stage in a tale of wheels,
deals and dreams.
‘In the Beginning’ by John Mc is a wry look at the way the
world was born and what role the ‘creatrix’ had to play in
Huyton-born Stephanie Blakeborough’s unconventional rom-com, ‘Swim’,
promises to delight, as it weaves a tale of two mis-matched couples surviving
in a room all of their own. Liverpoolcentric but not Liverpool exclusive
seems to be the overwhelming feel of this festival, with submissions coming
from as far away as Brighton.
The aim of Write Now is to create a lasting impression and support network
for new theatre talent across the North West - and the legacy of the festival
is already starting to show.
Following the success of Excess Baggage in Write Now 2011 and its tour
to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, David Griffiths returns with a
new production also set in Liverpool. ‘Saving Grace’ is his
modern comedy set in a world where a group of friends uncover the realities
of living their lives ‘online’.
Other productions also include ‘The Match’ by Marianne Lloyd,
‘Sunday Afternoon Again’ by Michael Yates, a published writer
whose play ‘The Bronte Boy’ recently completed a successful
tour of the North-East with ‘Encore’ Theatre Group, winning
‘Best Actor’ on its journey and Warrington-based Natalie Hickman’s
comedy ‘Alice’, returning to our stage once again with her
The Festival is again supported by actress Pauline Daniels, BBC correspondent
Roger Phillips and Liverpool Echo Editor Alastair Machray with new patron
Dean Sullivan joining the growing band of supporters.
Dean admits, "New writing is the lifeblood of the industry. It's
great that writers will get the chance to showcase their work as there
are fewer and fewer opportunities to take risks and discover fresh talent."
Further details about how to get involved is available at:-
Further information call Ian Moore on 0151 260 3000 or 07752 522279
Friday 30 March
18:30 – 19:30 In the Beginning by John Mac
20:00 – 21:00 Catfish Therapy by Ian Moore
21:30 – 22:30 The Match by Marianne Lloyd
Saturday 31 March
14:00 – 15:30 In Conversation with … Pauline Daniels
17:00 – 18:00 Alice by Natalie Hickman
18:30 – 19:30 Man In A Room by Kevin Heritage
20:00 – 21:00 Sunday Afternoon Again by Michael Yates
21:30 – 22:30 Grease Monkey’s by James Antonio
Sunday 01 April
16:30 – 18:00 Script-in-Hand Reading (in association with Liverpool
18:30 – 19:30 Swim by Stephanie Blakeborough
20:00 – 21:00 Saving Grace by Dave Griffiths
21:30 – 22:30 An Unquiet Mind by David Pattison
Monday 02 April
18:30 – 19:30 The Match by Marianne Lloyd
20:00 – 21:00 In the Beginning by John Mac
21:30 – 22:30 Catfish Therapy by Ian Moore
22:00 – late MonologueJAM @ Parr Street Studios
Tuesday 03 April
18:30 – 19:30 Sunday Afternoon Again by Michael Yates
20:00 – 21:00 Man In A Room by Kevin Heritage
21:30 – 22:30 Alice by Natalie Hickman
Wednesday 04 April
18:30 – 19:30 Grease Monkey’s by James Antonio
20:00 – 21:00 Swim by Stephanie Blakeborough
21:30 – 22:30 Saving Grace by Dave Griffiths
Thursday 05 April
18:30 – 19:30 An Unquiet Mind by David Pattison
20:00 – 21:00 The Match by Marianne Lloyd
21:30 – 22:30 Man In A Room by Kevin Heritage
Friday 06 April
17:00 – 18:00 In the Beginning by John Mac
18:30 – 19:30 Catfish Therapy by Ian Moore
20:00 – 21:00 Alice by Natalie Hickman
21:30 – 22:30 Sunday Afternoon Again by Michael Yates
Saturday 07 April
13:30 – 16:00 North West Playwrights New Writing Workshop
17:00 – 18:00 An Unquiet Mind by David Pattison
18:30 – 19:30 Saving Grace by Dave Griffiths
20:00 – 21:00 Grease Monkey’s by James Antonio
21:30 – 22:30 Swim by Stephanie Blakeborough
All Productions & In Conversation with … £8 / £6
The EndGame & North West Playwrights £5 / No Concessions
MonologueJAM £5 / No Concessions (Note £10 fee to participate
£5 refund after performance)
Tel 0151 0151 709 3789
Please note a surcharge of £1 per ticket is placed on all debit/credit
Listed below is a breakdown of productions in the 2012 Festival:
WRITTEN BY Natalie Hickman DIRECTED BY Russell Tennant
It’s not easy being Alice and sometimes she is her own worst enemy.
She knows what she doesn’t want, if only she had a map and a compass
to point her in the right direction. A surreal comedy that will make you
see things from a different perspective.
AN UNQUIET MIND
WRITTEN BY David Pattison DIRECTED BY Bernie Merrick
Broken home. Children’s home. Abuse. Army. Falklands. Discharge.
Homeless. Need a friend. Find a friend. Tell everything. Move forward?
WRITTEN and DIRECTED BY Ian Moore
What is identity? How do you quantify who you are to others? Would you
be prepared to reveal all? And what would you do to protect your identity
if someone threatened to “spill your beans”
Catfish Therapy, a new play by award winning playwright Ian Moore, is
an exploration of identity, what it is and to what lengths some would
go to protect themselves.
WRITTEN BY James Antonio DIRECTED BY Jez Mort
They dream of tearing up Route 66 striking fear into the unsuspecting
citizens along America’s ‘mother road’ soaked in grease
and adventure, commanding the respect of outlaw bikers from Chicago to
California: but they wake to ramshackle Norton’s and the monotony
of unemployment in Merseyside. Dispossessed but determined The Grease
Monkeys attempt to hold their raggedy brotherhood together as their youthful
aspirations fade into middle aged resignation.
IN THE BEGINNING
WRITTEN BY John Mc DIRECTED BY Rebecca Cope
When the Grand Architect designs a new creature to walk on two legs the
Divine Creatrix has to interpret the bizarre drawings and manufacture
it. Too late, he realises his fundamental error. However, when it comes
to the second model, the Divine Creatrix has a few improvements in mind.
MAN IN A ROOM
WRITTEN BY Kev Heritage DIRECTED BY Chase
After an amiable yet disconcerting middle-aged man, caught red-handed
in a secret British germ warfare facility, is brought in for questioning
by Her Majesty’s government’s most professional interrogator,
Agent Stevens, things should have been relatively straightforward. But
in this interrogation, nothing could have been further from the truth...
WRITTEN BY David Griffiths DIRECTED BY Peter Mitchelson
Grace is missing, snared by some internet weirdo. Cancelling the planned
Hen Night, it’s up to the girls to use every social networking tool
available to save her. After all, on MySpace no one can hear you scream.
New comedy from the writer of last year’s sell-out success, Excess
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AGAIN
WRITTEN BY Michael Yates DIRECTED BY Martha Simon
The war is over! It’s Coronation Year! But what can you do when
your mam and dad fight all the time? And what can you do when a wicked
witch lives next door? Little Lenny has a lot of growing up to do in this
sad and funny drama.
WRITTEN BY Stephanie Blakeborough DIRECTED BY Michelle
A mismatched group of friends spend a weekend in a holiday cottage. They
bicker, drink and plan days out to farm shops. But why are objects mysteriously
disappearing? Does bumbling Alan really stand a chance with ice queen
Simone? Can Carole and Dave save their marriage? And will it ever stop
WRITTEN BY Mari Lloyd DIRECTED BY Liz Stevenson
Set against the backdrop of the Merseyside derby; a story about love,
loyalty and acceptance, about coping with debilitating illness and keeping
your sense of humour, about living with ghosts from the past but maintaining
an incurable optimism for the future.
That’s life. That’s football