Posts Under ‘New Writing’ Category

The Roundabout

What must it be like to see theatre for the very first time in the Roundabout? Pitched in the middle of a park, it’s a bit like a small big top except that’s it’s yellow and hemispherical. You enter down a dark entrance to the side of the stage and there is anticipation, then you’re… Continue Reading →

The Fishermen

I make no secret of my general contempt for stage adaptations of books, with their clunky drama shoehorned into condensed narrative. Yet I have talked before about why I think storytelling, as opposed to drama/conflict driven performances, can produce more effective theatre. The Fishermen proves once and for all that a clever adaptation of a… Continue Reading →

The Trial

The setting for Trial is Bolton Council Chamber, which immediately creates a sense of legal formality. The play weaves four short plays, written by the four performers, around a verbatim transcript of a woman giving evidence at a trial against a teacher. It’s an effective premise that sets the scene for some complex issues around… Continue Reading →

Medusa

My name is Medusa, I’m thirteen, and this is my poem. Proper Job Theatre have taken the classic tale of Medusa and combined this with contemporary issues around sexual assault and society’s perception of women to produce a quite amazing production at the Lowry studio.  Structured around a mix of contemporary performance and ‘play with… Continue Reading →

Why does the Bruntwood Prize matter?

Yesterday the winners of the 2017 Bruntwood Prize were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Exchange.  In effect there were six winners; an overall Prize Winner, three Judges Awards and two plays selected for development support.  It is likely we will see at least four of these performed at the Royal Exchange either in… Continue Reading →