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Sunday, 16 January 2011

New writing for the stage

I spent an enjoyable afternoon at Hull Truck Theatre, watching a dozen playlets, monologues or scenes from longer plays, all by writers belonging to Script Yorkshire, a regional support group for stage playwrights and scriptwriters. All were performed script in hand, with no scenery and minimal props, although the actors certainly made the effort to bring their characters to life.

My own favourites were Oh Well, a ghost story by Andrew Harrison, and Pepperoni for One by Gary Clark, a reflection on marital nagging where the female characters were played by a man.

Even more interesting was the immediate feedback from a panel of three theatre professionals. After each piece, the various authors came on stage to hear comments about staging their work. As writers, we all know that candid feedback is invaluable, but it takes guts to listen to it in front of a theatre full of strangers.