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The writers behind New Voices

Updated: Oct 1, 2018

The days are creeping closer and closer to our New Voices season of new writing, and now seems like a good time to introduce you to the 4 plays and 4 writers we have in store for you.

Retail Therapy

Written by Hannah Whyman

The customer is always right… right?

A farcical comedy set t’north in a humble Yorkshire corner shop. Customers may be the bane of their life, but how will the staff react when financial pressures threaten to uproot their familiar lifestyle?

Hannah first staged an extract of Retail Therapy as part of the UnDisposables’ first new writing night, Scratching the Surface. Formerly known as Shopping Mad, the scene was a comic highlight of the night. There was huge excitement from all those involved to expand the scene, and so over several RnD workshops, Retail Therapy has been reborn.

The Jailer’s Daughter

Written by Esther Joy Mackay

We’re live in 3, 2, 1, and…

A dark modern twist on Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Two Noble Kinsmen. Centred around the role of the Jailer’s daughter, this shaken-up-Shakespeare explores the ‘pushes’ that drive this ‘wench’ to her insanity.

Esther launched the UnDisposables with a huge desire to give a platform for new writing. So far her work has featured in the past two new writing nights. Having shared the concept for The Jailer’s Daughter with other UnDisposbale members, she was encouraged to make it a part of our first season of new plays.

The Snow Angel of Antarctica

Written by Victoria Connerty

Penguins don’t bite, do they? From England to Antarctica, Ellie and Jimmy have had quite the trip. But the end is drawing near and it’s time they face the reality of going home and getting on with life, even if it means leaving things behind.

The Snow Angel of Antarctica has been presented as a short scene in scratch nights across the world, and we were lucky enough to include it in Scratching the Surface. Following the show, Victoria confessed that she’d like to be pushed to write a full length play, and we jumped at the opportunity to lengthen this brilliant piece of work.

Sugar Buddy

Written by Jonathan Skinner

Museums. Films. Coffee shops. All nice normal things.

After a chance meeting, Felicity and Graham form an unlikely friendship, or more accurately, an agreement. But how much does it take to teach someone how to be normal, and is it really possible to pay your loneliness away?

Jonathan was selected as one of the writers in Scratching the Surface. His cleverly crafted scene Buff was picked up and presented at another new writing night shortly after. We were keen to keep him involved and see what he could do with a longer piece of work. He presented Sugar Buddy to us and we just had to make it a part of our season.

These four new plays will be presented as part of our New Voices Season across the following dates and venues:

Retail Therapy & The Jailer’s Daughter:

25th – 27th October 2018 @ 7:30pm (2:30pm Saturday Matinee)

Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St, London, E17 4SA

The Snow Angel of Antarctica & Sugar Buddy:

4th – 6th November 2018 @ 7:30pm (2:30pm Sunday Matinee)

KATZPACE, Katzenjammers, 24 Southwark St, London SE1 1TY

Tickets on sale NOW:

Both venues will be presenting these shows as a double-bill, meaning that tickets will grant access to both plays (2 plays for the price of 1!)

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