StageWrite returns to put new theatre writers in the spotlight

StageWrite – the hothouse for the development of new writing for theatre – returns to the Place Theatre this March, shining a spotlight on two brand new plays from page to performance.

Since the first StageWrite event in 2013, the project has supported writers in the process of getting their work up on its feet and in front of an audience for the very first time.

“Writing is a lonely business, and so often we send off our work with the hope that the idea in our head translated to the page,” said StageWrite co-founder, Phil Mardlin.
“StageWrite is so effective as a development space for playwrights because it allows the writer to see what works and what doesn’t on stage, whether your vision was clear to a director and the actors, and see the impact of over exposition and clunky dialogue so that the writing can be refined in future drafts.”

On Saturday 5 March, StageWrite will present two plays over the course of one evening, performed by professional actors, and includes a short Q&A session after each piece to allow the audience to give feedback and the writers to discover more about how their work is received.

On the night, plays are performed script in hand to allow for a more developmental experience rather than a rehearsed reading, where actors simply read the play out loud.

“Every time StageWrite happens, it’s different,” said Phil.

“We can’t wait to showcase the theatrical treasures we’ve unearthed this time.”

Spin City by Karen Bartholemew

It’s Monday afternoon and there’s not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City Laundrette.

Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed. Jud hates his job and his Dad. Teddy just lost his job and maybe his wife and Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right.

A comedy of morals, dilemmas and a slightly inappropriate Police Officer in waiting.

Make Love, Not Greenpeace by Niall McCarthy

Four young eco-terrorists are held and interrogated by the police after attempting to burn down a hydroelectric plant.

Together they must decide between giving up their comrades or facing their fate in prison, all the while aware that any one of them could be a rat.

Performances take place on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm at The Place Bedford. To book tickets, visit theplacebedford.org.uk.

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