I have been involved with Amateur Dramatics with the Lee Players for over forty years initially as an on-stage performer (actor is pushing it) and subsequently as producer and have had the pleasure of producing several of my plays. As a group we tend to favour comedies but will try most genres – but not Shakespeare as our audience know the correct words.
I trust you will enjoy this offering
I am Olivia Arieti, a US citizen, with a degree from the University of Pisa, and I live with my family and Pedro, my dog, in Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy. I love writing plays and have some work with Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Desert Road Publishing, JAC Publishing & Promotions, Green Room Press, Applause Theatre, Lazy Bee Scripts and now also with Smith Scripts! Some of my productions include FLIGHT ATP12 by Gulfport Community Players, FL, JUST FOR YOU, Blue Box Productions, NYC, CONTEMPTUOUSLY IN LOVE, Ciona Taylor Productions, NYC, one minute plays, Gi60 Screaming Media Productions NYC, UK, Spare Change Theatre, NYC and Eclectic Theatre Company, FL. UP NORTE and NIGHT INTRUDERS, were finalists in the R.J. Flores Short Play Reading Series and had staged readings in NYC while THE TEACHER, an adaptation of a short story of A. Chekhov was produced at the Viaduct Theatre, Chicago, for the Neapolitans Off-Chekhov Festival.
SOMETHING IN COMMON has been produced by Spokane Radio Theatre, WA and now I am so pleased to say that you can find it at Smith Scripts.
Erik J. Bailey
Erik J. Bailey is an American based playwright, actor, singer, director, and composer. He is currently studying theatre at Dean College, a small university in Franklin, MA USA. His plays are known for being witty, sometimes containing jokes that require some thought. Theatre is his passion and doesn’t know where he’d be if he never discovered it.
Jon W. Baker
A son of a farmer and born near Tiverton, Devon in 1961 I’ve spent most of my life somewhere with a stage nearby. At school not only to participate in anything theatrical but mainly to avoid lessons. Then on leaving school either acting on stage, backstage, lighting, sound, prompter, set build, directing, making tea and all the rest which someone has to do to make a show work. This life long theatrical input has given me a great experience in all aspects of putting on a show and writing a script for one. This has been valuable when writing scripts by taking into account the whole workings of a production and not just the written dialogue given by a script.
I have written bespoke pantomimes since around 1990 and many of which I am now rewriting to suit all. I started Play writing about 2006, as until then I felt I had not lived enough to put my knowledge of situations, stories, people watching, body language, etc, into creating scripts. This is when audience members knows a person very similar to one of the characters, as it brings some realism to the play.
I am a humorous person and live each day as my last and enjoy what ever life brings. This humour is very much reflected in my work. I have to say here that it’s only since 2011 that I turned to being a professional writer having had a accident at work in 2010. This has led to many plays and pantomimes since being published and performed with great success.
Prior to 2010, on leaving school I worked at a Horticultural college and became highly qualified and a national sports groundsman. Afterwhich I had my own business of a horticultural nature combined with music retail. Odd mix I know, but it suited my life as a single parent bringing up a son and daughter, both of which tread the boards or work back stage as a hobby. I then aspired to a funeral director for a company and ran a branch. I thoroughly enjoyed this and many a somber occasion was broken with some laughter which made me very popular and well recommended when the bereaved need a friend at their saddest time. This time of my life gave me a great source of looking at life in families homes, their lives and stories. Not to mention all the fun and games which cropped up from time to time doing the job of a funeral director. One day I intend to put these experiences into a scripts, but as yet I don’t feel ready to do so. Then after the accident in 2010, I became unable to be the man everyone turned to for help at their worst hour and so I started my next adventure. And now here I am, bringing happiness, fun and entertainment to many people which gives me such a buzz. This only leaves me to say, If you take any of my scripts, I do hope you have the fun and enjoyment staging them as I have writing them for you.
Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. Two of his plays, after successful fringe runs, are published by Samuel French; a third won the Independent Radio Drama Productions award and was broadcast by LBC.
His latest play Britain After Brexit is based on an earlier work, The London Spring, which enjoyed a successful London fringe run.
Many of his short stories are published in collections from Oxford University Press and Biteback Publishing.
His 17 non fiction books include Clem Attlee, a new edition of which is now out from Haus Publishing; What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us (Biteback, 2010); 1956, The Year That Changed Britain (Biteback, 2016); and, most recently, the semi-autobiographical Fascist in the Family (Routledge, 2016.)
He edited the 20-book series Prime Ministers of the Twentieth Century for Haus Publishing.
He has written regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman, and frequently for many other publications, and edits Third Age Matters, the national magazine published by the University of the Third Age.
He has taught Acting at the East 15 Acting School and at the Colchester Institute, and has also taught Acting for Directors at the Northern Film School.
Patrick has been writing for many years – plays, pantomimes, short stories, poetry, shopping lists – any excuse really to put pen to paper. Many years in amateur dramatics gave him a passion for theatre, a little understanding of what amateur groups are looking for and a feel for the limitations that small venues impose (not always a bad thing).
Having written 5 pantomimes before he was 25 it is not surprising that comedy has continued to be his forte. His collaboration with Dennis Diamond started a few years ago. Their first attempt to take the world by storm resulted in a full-length comedy spoof, The Cat Flap, an affectionate tribute to the works of Agatha Christie. It was performed in North Devon to much acclaim and, so far, a complete absence of law suits. Lost But Not Least, a one-act play with a Shakespearian theme, and a TV pilot, Newton’s Apple, have followed and, in a change of direction, they are now working on a 4-part TV drama. There are far more ideas in the ‘to do’ tray than time will ever allow them to complete.
Following a career in management consultancy, Patrick now lives in North Devon where he has recently retired from the cattery and book-dealing businesses that he ran with his wife in order to spend more time with her, their foster child, 6 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 2 dogs, cat and tortoise – oh, and don’t forget the fish. He has recently taken up archery. You have been warned.
I live near Oxford in the heart of England. When I was young they used to call me a daydreamer, but then I started writing down the worlds that came to life in my head.
I started writing in earnest after reading an email on a mailing list. It was from the great writer Joe Michael Straczynski( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0833089/ ). He explained the difference between writing for a book and writing for the screen. It was like an epiphany; I love films and television, so it was something that came naturally. I started playwriting, and had some success in early competitions which launched me into the world of being a writer and I have been going ever since.
I don’t write in any particular genre or form; ideas come to me all the time, and I just like to go where the story takes me. Most of the time I tend to write historical or speculative fiction.
I get a great deal of pleasure from writing and seeing the way in which directors and actors bring the words to life. I am grateful to Smith Scripts for publishing my scripts on their website, and giving another avenue for my writing to be seen. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it.
Gabriel is a writer and social researcher with a lifelong interest in the relation between politics and literature. He has carried out pioneering research for the British Government and the European Union on the role of local community organisations. From 2005-8 he advised the UK government on integrating community involvement into public policy. Since 2009 he has worked on a variety of EU, UK and Northern Ireland social policy projects. His study of Shakespeare and Democracy (Troubador, 2015) led on to two Shakespeare-based plays, Shakespeare Rattle’n’Roll’ (2015) and ‘Shakespeare’s Dreams and Nightmares’ (2016). With his local company, The Rattle’n’Roll Players, he produced ‘The Rise and fall of King Donald the 1/5th’ in 2017. He was awarded an MBE for services to community development in 2009
Gary was born in West Ham, London but now lives in Hornchurch, Essex.
He is now retired but taught in primary schools for nearly forty years. In that time he wrote, produced and directed many plays, pantomimes and sketches for his pupils and once wrote a pantomime to be performed by the teachers.
He also wrote comedy for many television shows, including, Little & Large, Russ Abbott, The Grumbleweeds and Spitting Image.
When he retired he joined his local amateur dramatic society and, as well as acting, wrote and directed for them.
Eddie Coleman has been writing stage plays for over 15 years.
Several of his plays have been produced by amateur drama companies across the UK and his most recent play, Idiot Spaz, was one of the ten winners in the British Theatre Challenge 2015. The play is published by Lazybee scripts.
I am the founder of the ‘Macmillan Cancer Support Theatre Company’ (see my facebook page). I have staged all of my plays & musicals, at the Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, to raise funds for Macmillan. I have had my plays produced in London, Brighton, Cambridge, & Manchester, But, my greatest achievement was to win the “Steyning Playwriting Festival” which was judge by Sir Arnold Wesker.
Kieron Connolly was born in 1961. Hs novels ‘Water Sign’, ‘There is a House’ and ‘Harold’ have dealt with subjects as diverse as romance, bereavement and addiction. Although everything about the author seems rooted in Dublin – his novels, accent, comparisons with Behan and Beckett etc., his place of birth is Thurles, County Tipperary. The writer is a nephew of musician ( and former member of The Dubliners ) Bob Lynch. ‘The Book of Condolences’ was written in 2014/15, and when Vincent Smith read the script and became attached to the project as director, things took off from there ( he’d worked with the likes of Tommy Cooper and Orson Welles in seasons past ). ‘The Book’, Connolly says, is about us: humanity. Simple as.
Alan Dawson is Artistic Director of Under the Headstocks. As a writer he has had commissions from Mansfield Palace Theatre, Mansfield Create Theatre, Off the Fence Theatre Company, NHS & ICAN Charity. His writing for small theatre, education and conferences has appeared throughout the Midlands and South Yorkshire – his piece ‘The King’s Dove Keeper’, featured at The Curve Theatre (2013)
Carole Dhu has been active in the theatrical arena for more years than she cares to admit to, as a performer, a producer, director, vocal coach, compere, choreographer, teacher and adjudicator, as well as a couple of stints providing character voices for radio commercials.
Originally planning to produce A Characteristic Quest as a show where people licensed their own music, the offer of being able to write lyrics to brother Geri’s catchy music was instantly taken up, and the collaboration proved to be both enjoyable and productive!
The idea for this story (inspired by Carole’s love of Monty Python humour) first popped into her head in 2002, but the writing stalled after Act One was committed to paper, due to time constraints. In desperation on New Years Eve 2003, she told everyone she was busy, locked the doors, drew the curtains, took the phone off the hook, turned off the mobile and by the time 2004 dawned the script was complete!
In 2006 the show was featured on local television in Western Australia and premiered successfully in a country hall. Nine years later Carole staged it a second time in a slightly more prestigious venue where once again it was received with much enjoyment!!!!!!!.
Writing is my life, without it I do not exist…well I probably would but I do not intend stopping anytime soon to take the chance.
I have served a very long apprenticeship. Having made the decision at the tender age of 18 to become a writer there have been many times in the intervening years that I have questioned my sanity at opting for such a solitary, and at times soul destroying occupation. Now over half a century later with a variety of other real world necessary employments I still question why I am writing. The answer is simple I love it. Every rejection, and all writers have them, and I bounce back stronger. I personally believe this is the difference between a would be writer and a real writer.
Self promotion is not a strong point with me but here goes…many moons ago I received an award from THAMES TELEVISION which came in the form of a bursary leading to a stint as Writer in Residence at The Salisbury Playhouse. I learned first hand every aspect of theatre which has stood me in good stead to this day.
I have explored almost every avenue open to a writer. Writing for television and stage and have three novels under my belt with a fourth in progress. Short stories have also been tackled and I would encourage all would be writers to approach this literary art form as it helps condition a writer to be more economical and precise. Articles for magazines are another outlet for the writing bug to be appeased and earn some financial reward.
The first work to be submitted to this site is THE CAT FLAP. Written in collaboration with my good friend and fellow wordsmith Patrick Blosse, the full length stage play was performed in November 2016 to sell out audiences in North Molton being performed there by The Nomad’s an amateur dramatics group with 30 years experience. A natural chemistry manifested itself during the writing of THE CAT FLAP and has led to other joint work being carried out in the form of a sitcom now under consideration by the BBC and yet another stage play, so watch this space.
Born in Southampton I have also lived at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I ran a B&B for 10 years and came to North Devon in 2006 now calling home a village on the outskirts of South Molton. For the past 8 years I have been a member of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society which helps with another great passion, namely history; which, like the stage is an excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone else!
Jonathan achieved success with his first play THREE NIL DOWN AT HALF TIME which he wrote in 2007 (25 productions worldwide to date). Since then he’s written 36 more plays, monologues and sketches that have been performed all over the UK (including on the London Fringe) and in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, the USA and several other countries!
Jonathan is delighted that 4 of his plays (his award winning full-length comedy/drama ROBIN HOOD, his one act suffragette/First World War themed GENDER FLUID and his competition winning shorts UNFORGETTABLE and SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN) have recently been published by SMITH SCRIPTS. More information regarding Jonathan and his plays can be found on his website: http://www.jeplays.com/
My background is in education but originally, I trained as an actress at the Birmingham Theatre School and set up a touring Theatre Company and also played in Summer seasons until life, and the need to make a living, intervened.
I began writing professionally in 2001.
I first wrote and directed short films as BusPassProductions. Together with friends, I had noticed a lack of films for older audiences, despite the fact that they make up more than a third of audiences for both theatre and film. You can find these films on Vimeo and Facebook
Then, 2 years ago, I decided to try writing for my first love – the stage. Again, aimed at an older cast and an older audience.
This is the first play I wrote. It ran for two nights, in conjunction with another, shorter comedy. Both nights sold out.
Judith was born in Brighton and is married with two sons. She started singing at the age of 9 and has performed in many amateur productions from Oliver to Carmen. For the last thirteen years she has been a member of Peacehaven Players and enjoys acting, directing and writing.
The Wow Factor! was the first comedy juke box musical Judith wrote for the Players and was performed in June 2013. It was written to allow the large membership to each have a speaking role with the opportunity to sing popular solos, duets and group songs within a ‘talent contest’ style storyline. It was hugely popular amongst the cast and audience.
By popular demand Judith wrote another juke box musical for the Players the following year; Fly Me! which was performed in June 2014. Another comedy with well known songs, but this time set in the holiday destination of sunny Torremolinos, it follows the adventures of a group of fun loving holidaymakers.
Judith’s third juke box comedy musical called Crystal’s Department Store, premiered in May 2016 for three performances at Peacehaven Brighton. The story follows a young woman who inherits a department store from a mystery man, however she soon realises she will need all her resolve to win over the suspicious staff and turn the fortunes of the Store around.
Judith is currently in rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast whilst also writing her fourth script called The Wedding Party.
Katherine Luna Gate
Katiuscia Cancedda is an Italian emerging playwright and screenplay writer, and writes under the pseudonym of Katherine Luna Gate. She has been living in England for the last 20 years where she has been bringing up her two daughters Francesca and Eleonora, thanks to whom she mastered the skill of storytelling. She started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 12. She has been journaling all her life, and defines herself “a word collector”.
After many years of teaching, in 2006 she was inspired to return to her old love, the stage, studying and gaining a high grade in a Performing Arts A Level course. She started a blog when, in 2012, writing plays defined her writing style and she was ready to share her work with the world (http://katherinelgate.blogspot.co.uk/ ) not without setbacks!
That didn’t stop Luna – as she prefers to be addressed – and she carried on writing to date, both in her first language (Italian) and in English. She has written a two-act play, two monologues, a screenplay, and several short plays. She is currently working on a new monologue and a new screenplay. Her genres vary but the theme remains the same: the Feminine in all its forms.
She is grateful to Smith Scripts for the opportunity to share her work again.
Anna Girolami writes stories, plays and screenplays. She lives and works in Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District, in the heart of England
All her work can be found on her website:
Valerie Goodwin , author of ‘The Magdalen Whitewash’ has been a Drama teacher, playwright and director for over 35 years.
Now the founder of the Bridport Shakespeare Company , Valerie took her play ‘Love, Marilyn’ to Edinburgh fringe and has been onstage
at the Globe for her MA in Staging Shakespeare.
Valerie started writing plays as she needed a good vehicle for her young cast for Frankenstein, and had to write one that suited a large
cast but was a close adaptation of the book It has a single set:the attic of the chateau , 100 years after 1817. Complete with
skeletons, dust, cobwebs and brains in jars ( we had great fun making those brains)
Valerie loves all aspects of am dram and youth groups and has written ‘The Giggleswick players do full frontal’ as a semi autobio’ of her
years in village halls!
David has had four plays staged at the Edinburgh festival fringe: The Bench (2007), From Me to 3792 (2009), The D-List (2016) and Sign of the Times (2017).
He was runner-up in the Kenneth Branagh new writing award in 2016 for Eyes to the Wind and in 2017 for Home Time. His short play Red or Blue? was runner-up in the 2017 British Theatre Challenge.
Red or Blue? was also staged at Southwark Playhouse in 2017. Other short plays include Queens of Daytime (Churchill Theatre, Bromley 2017), Brave (The Bunker Theatre, 2017) and The Temp (Hen and Chickens Theatre 2017).
David was part of the 2012 BBC Writersroom drama development programme. He also wrote The Name on the Bench for the Tribute drama podcast series in 2016.
I joined my local Operatic and Dramatic Society at the age of twenty. In over sixty years in the Society, I directed thirteen plays and acted in one hundred and forty Pantomimes, Musicals and plays, playing small character parts.
I started writing shows and ended up with fifty-three Pantomimes and Plays. I am now on the world list of Professional Playwrights with Pantomimes going on in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Shetland Islands and Australia.
I have now had Plays going on in England, Wales, France, Spain, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Texas, Oklahoma, California, and Alaska.
D Brent Holland
My name is Brent Holland and I teach High School Theatre at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. I have been writing shows for my honors class for the past four years and I have found it to be a very rewarding experience.
When not at work directing shows, I am often at my karate dojo I co-own with my older brother (www.cfikarate.com) where I am a 6th degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate. I play guitar and bass, have a beautiful wife Aubrey and a seven year old son, Rhett.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about one of my shows as I would be more than happy to help in any way!
I was born in Chelmsford and moved to Nottingham where I trained as an English and Drama teacher. Spent the next 25 years in the Notts / Derby area; acted with a few companies, wrote scripts for school use and climbed, surprisingly, the professional greasy pole and became Head teacher of a city centre school in Derby.
Just under 20 years ago I moved to Cyprus to become Head of a school on a British base. I’ve retired now and live near Larnaca with my wife Mo, three cats and a demanding garden.
Born in Dorset in 1960, I have been writing ever since I found out how.
My first love was music. Check me out here: www.davejeanes.net
Lately, I have turned my attention to Pantomimes and currently have ten, published by LazyBee Scripts.
There are several other comedies too and three novels; available on Amazon, etc. Or direct from Lulu.com
Rory Kelly is a graduate from Edinburgh University, now living in Japan teaching English. He’s lived all over the world, performing poetry, stand-up and theatre wherever he could find a microphone. His works have been staged in Australia, France, New Zealand, the UK and Japan, and sometimes Rory even got to watch. His hobbies include filmmaking and speculating on the Oscars
Tom was born in the ‘Holy City’ of Jarrow and now lives happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon.
He has had a varied career from his first job in a shipyard Time-Office; to a song writing contract and writing the BBCTV musical documentary Kelly, with Alan Price. After a late degree, he worked for twenty-five years, as a drama lecturer and now writes full-time and runs creative writing projects.
He has had a great deal of his work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, a venue he regards as home, with six full-length stage plays, including, I Left My Heart in Roker Park, which has been produced four times, latterly by Paul Dunn’s Cranked Anvil company which won Paul a number of performance awards. Tom’s musicals include: The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners (all but Geordie written with John Miles). In 2016 he was a runner-up in the Journal Culture Awards, in the Writer of the Year category, for Geordie-The Musical, which was produced at the Customs House in 2015 and is now reprised here at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House.
2016 saw his play Baby Love, successfully tour and his eighth poetry collection, Spelk, be published and subsequently re-printed by Red Squirrel Press. Late in 2016 co-curated the exhibition Lost Dialects, on north east dialect, at the Word, South Shields. Early in 2017 he wrote and performed in a multi-media project, Down to the River, (music, Steve Thompson, photographs, Kev Howard), staged at the Word. He also writes and performs in a multi-media show Men of the Tyne which has toured the region since 2011. His short stories have been performed as monologues, appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in many UK magazines and in April 2017, Postbox Press, published his first short story pamphlet, The Last Clockwork Whippet on the Tyne. In June he had a performed reading, again at the Word, of a new musical, Jobling, written, with Steve Thompson. He has poetry forthcoming and recently published in MQB, ‘Who Were the Marchers? – The Jarrow Crusade and in the anthology Land of Three Rivers- The Poetry of North-East England (Bloodaxe Books.) He is delighted Smith Scripts are publishing Autumn Doze and Three Devoted Sisters.
Brian Lawless was associated with AmDram in London the 1960’s taking a familiar path starting with Gilbert and Sullivan and ending by playing Judd Fry in Oklahoma before marriage, family and work took it’s toll.
Brian always vowed to get back to acting when it was possible and the opportunity came in 2010, after a 42 year break, when living in Exeter (where he still resides). In the seven years or so since then he has appeared in 28 different productions including some rather grand ones in Exeter Cathedral. His favourite role to date is that of Magwitch in Great Expectations.
‘A Belated Date’ is his first attempt at writing a short(ish) play and it is based on a true story with many amusing moments. Luckily he was not one of the actual participants in the real story.
Adam Lock is an up and coming playwright based in Derbyshire England. Adam studied film at Derby University, graduating in 2012 and has being writing ever since. Encores And Epilogues will be his first official play and is proudly published by Smith Scripts.
Gurmeet Mattu is a Scots writer of Indian descent. His first full length stage play, in 1984, was CITIZEN SINGH, followed by EVERY BLOODY SUNDAY, SIEGE MENTALITY, COWBOYS & INDIANS, MSSIAH, WINDAE HINGIN’ and THE GHOSTS OF GLASGOW. He has also written the shorter pieces, THE STORMER and THE GIFTIE GI’EN US for 7:84 Theatre Company. For BBC Radio he has written SICK AS A PARROT, THE FLIRT, THESE MAGIC WORDS and SHOULDERS as well as sitcom pilots, COCONUTS and DOC for BBC TV.
He is also a winner of the Scottish Screen/DNA films First Draft Award.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Yorkhill Theatre Group in Glasgow.
Andy Moseley is a playwright and founder member of NoLogoProductions. His plays include Are You Lonesome Tonight? A Bridge Game Too Far (winner of the Roy Purdue New Writing Trophy, Orange Tree Theatre 2011) After We Danced, Boxes, Casual Encounters, Going For Gold and Heart Shaped Box. His first book, Around the States in 90 Days was published in 2009. His website is www.andymoseley.com. NoLogoProductions website is www.nologoproductions.com
I am a published poet and award winning playwright whose work has been performed both in New York and London. The daughter of an Irish immigrant father and English mother, I won my first prize for writing aged 7. I went on to study journalism and, as a recent mature student, gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Creative Writing. Pandora’s Boxes was first broadcast on Resonance FM and was adapted for stage at the Camden Fringe Festival. From there, it transferred, by invitation, to enjoy a three week run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, London. Critics compared my writing to Beckett and Gogol – praise indeed!
I’ve travelled extensively and enjoyed the hospitality of strangers from Key West to Kashmir. This play was inspired by my solo journey through India. My most recent odyssey to Latin America is recounted in my travel book; Footloose & Fearless @ Fifty +.
It is now my pleasure to see Pandora’s Boxes available for all at Smith’s Scripts.
I am originally from Brighton where I spent nearly half my life as a teacher of the deaf. Since retirement I have lived in Hampshire with my husband and our Jack Russell, Buddy. I have always loved anything to do with theatre, professional or amateur, and have nursed an ambition to appear on stage since playing the part of an owl in the Brownies. I joined Lee Players in 2011 and have enjoyed taking part in many productions as an actor, producer and backstage hand. For fun I wrote Horror at Hadder Hall, an interactive Murder Mystery in 2015 which was performed over three nights. Hairs to the Memory was written as an entry to a competition and will be staged in July 2018, again over three nights with a different solution for each performance. It is packed with humour and a certain amount of intrigue which I hope will be enjoyed by our faithful audiences.
Emma Price is a Swansea University Law graduate and the founder and owner of JACAL Theatre Company. Performance has always played a huge part in Emma’s life, but more recently she has decided to explore writing, as well as acting. Bra-spangled Banner is her first written and published piece.
Having spent nearly thirty years treading the boards with countless non-professional theatre companies in South West London and Surrey, Geoff has more recently turned his hand to writing. His first one, Cold Blooded Killer (published through Lazybeescripts) won the New Writing Award at the Leatherhead Drama Festival. Since then, he has gone on to pen several more nominated for awards, and more recently the dark thriller Dying Swan, which centres around Alex, an alcoholic mother who has her child taken away from her, and into foster care. She turns her life around and discovers the whereabouts of her daughter, and befriends the adopted mother, an ex ballet dancer, in an attempt to get her child back. His other recent pieces include: Harmless Gay Kleptomaniac – his first one act comedy is about a “misunderstanding” at a jewellers. Andy, a camp kleptomaniac, bursts into a stranger’s (Sally) flat, asking her to pretend he is her boyfriend. Sally has a better idea when she produces a wig and dress for him to wear. Scapegoat – a thriller about Donna, who gets the chance to work abroad on a lucrative two-year deal, her two predecessors both deciding to resign before their contracts ended, and not return to the UK. Once overseas, Donna discovers she is a carrier in a human trafficking scam and some terrifying information comes to light about the two girls before her. Breathe A Word And You’re Dead – a thriller about single mum Hollie, who pops into her local convenience store where, within moments, she finds herself a witness to an armed robbery. Unknown to the robber, she records his voice on her mobile phone, but is unable to wait for the police to give her witness statement. Then she has a visit from the robber at her home, wanting to silence her. No Way Out – With an alleged shoplifting charge, and her father’s fatal heart attack hanging over her, Jackie receives devastating news from the hospital. She goes onto the roof of the building where she works, to throw herself off….. Dead Pretty – Two models, Faye and Amy are booked for a photoshoot at a disused castle. It becomes clear there is no photoshoot and they are mysteriously locked in. And for one girl, it turns into a horrific nightmare. Currently working as “un homme au foyer” supporting his hardworking wife and looking after their two children in France, Geoff is enjoying working part time at his children’s school running theatre classes for the kids there, and taking a career break from his job as a driving examiner.
Kathy Rucker is a past member of the San Francisco Bay Area theatre company, Playground. Her first play, Beautiful Scar, was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival Ten-Minute Play Contest. Her next play, Chop Shop, earned her an invitation to the Sewanee Writers Conference where she developed the work with playwrights Romulus Linney and Dan O’Brien. Ms. Rucker’s play, Turing Tested, was selected for participation in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, as was Sultan’s Battery, which was also selected for the Great Plains Theatre Conference and was a finalist in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest. The play was also nominated for the London Fringe Festival Theatre Writing Award and had its world premier in 2010 in Los Angeles, produced by the Fresh Baked Theatre Company. In 2013 her play, Done There, Been That, was produced at the Bierkeller Theatre in Bristol, England, directed by Natasha Harper-Smith. Crystal Springs was produced in 2014 at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, directed by 2013 Bruntwood Prize Winner, Anna Jordan. Also in 2014, Crystal Springs was produced at the Park Theatre in London, UK, directed by Jemma Gross. In 2016 Crystal Springs will be produced at the (ITCH) Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. Ms. Rucker’s most recent play, Kadupul, had a reading with the Core Artists Ensemble in New York City in the summer of 2016, directed by Rachel Casparian.
Ms. Rucker is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Originally from Brentwood in Essex, where an avid interest in theatre and drama took hold, Laurence studied Drama at Loughborough University. Since graduating he has worked in stage management, most notably with the Medieval Players with whom he toured Australia. He has worked as a freelance director; for five years was Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company; and he has been manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow. He was Head of Arts for Harlow Council before becoming a lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts. Laurence now runs his own lecture course – A Brief History of Theatre – as well as continuing to write and direct. Past productions as both writer and director include his own adaptation of the Medieval Mystery Plays performed in Durham Cathedral, and his dramatisation of Terry Jones’ Erik the Viking, produced by Peter Duncan for Gale Productions. More recently he has dramatised and directed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for The Castle Players, a community theatre group based in Barnard Castle, County Durham.
Jane Sunderland has come to playwriting from academic writing, and holds an MSc in Playwriting from Edinburgh University. She is particularly interested in writing plays based on real people, especially women. In addition to ‘Dorothy and William’ (Dorothy being Dorothy Wordsworth), she has written a one act play about the last years of Charlotte Bronte’s life, ‘Charlotte and Arthur’, which focuses on Charlotte’s struggles over her eventual decision to marry Arthur Nicholls, her father’s curate. Jane’s short play, ‘North to Muira’ about the journey of a fictional, recently bereaved woman to scatter her husband’s ashes, was produced in April 2017 in Glasgow by Short Attention Span Theatre.
Julia Swain is a consultant psychiatrist living in South Wales (the one in the UK, not Australia). Acting has always been a passion of hers and she started writing plays when she was in her teens. From her mid-twenties to mid-thirties she ran a youth drama group and wrote specifically for them. Marriage and family then intervened but the end of the marriage caused her to reconnect with her ‘am dram’ roots and she joined a community theatre group, Theatre AdHoc. The group encouraged her to start writing again and two of her short plays have now been produced by the AdHoc group and by the Cardiff-based theatre company, Dramatic Moose Productions.
Julia lives with her teenage step daughter (who performs regularly in musical theatre productions) and two slightly unhinged cats. She likes to write both serious and comedy plays and her favourite pastime is to spend hours in a coffee shop with her laptop, observing human behaviour
John started writing in 2001 after taking part in a Murder Mystery game and deciding to have a go at writing one himself.
Having had a lifelong love of 60’s and 70’s British comedy, it was not long before John decided to try playwriting as well and this led to joining Writers’ Lab at the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham and Primary Creations at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester; both of which helped in developing the craft of script writing. The Scriptworks playreading group at the Contact Theatre, Manchester also became a valuable source for honing work.
John’s plays have been performed as far afield as Lisbon, Luxembourg, Lincoln and Glasgow ranging from small fringe venues at festivals to established theatres such as The Dancehouse in Manchester. In addition to full-length plays, John has written several short stories and sketches over the last ten years as well as six novels.
Ian writes comedy drama. Be it short screenplays, long screenplays, plays, musicals, sketches, even the occasional novel. He has had varying degrees of success from a West End run to BBC radio broadcasts and various bits used by others in everything from stand-up to monologues for auditions. He’s even written radio and TV commercials. He has a website www.ian-watson.com and he’s 47… and used to be a northerner but dropped all that when he couldn’t afford the membership fees.
I am an actor of some forty years standing (only just standing!) and playwright, now in the twilight of my life. I work for Murder 57 doing interactive murder mysteries around the country as well as being very active in amateur theatre around Buckinghamshire.
Heaton Wilson is a prolific playwright. His work has been performed in London, Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth.