SUNDAYS IN THE PARK WITH ANGEL
The current world health crisis has led to UK theatres going dark. The devastating impact of this on all those working in our industry is huge. We have been thinking of ways we can continue to plan and create, in preparation for when venues reopen. We have come up with an idea that will allow us to discover and explore new writing as well as giving creatives an opportunity to work and network safely by maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Since staging a piece of new writing has long been on our agenda, we have decided that now would be an ideal time to continue the search. We have gathered a selection of new plays that we feel have the potential to be produced and have cast them from our database of professional actors. Over the summer months we will hold a workshop and rehearsed reading of each play. Sessions are taking place in the open air on Sundays in London parks, maintaining whatever government social distancing guidelines are in place at the time of each meeting.
The benefits of us facilitating creativity to continue at such a challenging time for the arts are obvious! We must keep our trained minds, bodies and voices active. These gatherings will also provide an opportunity for creatives to meet new contacts, network and share not only their concerns, but hopes for the future of our jobs and industry as a whole. We aim to ensure all these sessions are LIVE and that we meet in person, not via zoom. We deplore the suggestion that theatre may have to become recorded and streamed to survive. This will not become our “new normal” as, for us, theatre is a LIVE EVENT or it is simply not theatre!
Details of the plays we have selected for this project can be found below, and will be updated on a weekly basis. If you are interested in coming along to hear any of the pieces read over the summer, please email us at: [email protected]
RUTH AND ETHEL
by Naomi Westerman
Ruth and Ethel is a comedy about two elderly Jewish women who decide to stage their own two-person women's march in their Trump-loving Florida retirement community. The play explores Jewish diaspora identity, contemporary American politics, ageing, and the power and complexities of female friendship.
We are workshopping the new full-length version of Naomi's already successful one-act play.
BARBARA GARFATH PEARL MARSLAND
WEEK 1 - SUNDAY 19TH JULY 2020
by James Alston
Ava, the daughter of the late great artist Ray Blackwood, has invited art expert Yasmin to her family home to value a newly discovered piece of her father’s art. Ava is cagey about the details of Scarlet Sunday and avoids showing the painting, whilst Yasmin grows increasingly desperate to see it and eventually loses patience. Yasmin pushes Ava to reveal the story behind the painting and a dark truth is revealed, leaving them with a choice to make. Should they follow through with selling the painting or destroy it?
ANNA BONNETT SAMANTHA KAMRAS
WEEK 2 - SUNDAY 26TH JULY 2020
by Laura Shoebottom
Not Enough follows the breakdown and aftermath of a manipulative relationship and how that impacts a couple and the people around them.
JOANNA CLARKE THEO HARRISON
WEEK 3 - SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST 2020
TIM LARKFIELD CHRISTIE SILVESTER
by Alan Hall
Crimson Eyes is a monologue delivered by Phoebe, a young female living on the street. The title refers to the vacant, distant stare of rough sleepers, looking through a mist of despondency. You can tell a lot from a person’s eyes. You cannot feign security, contentment and fulfilment when your eyes are seeing pain, desperation and hopelessness.
WEEK 4 - SUNDAY 9TH 2020
ALL WORK NO PLAY
by Scott Younger
Fresh out of university, Greg is keen for his first taste of the working world. But he gets more than he bargained for when he joins Atlantis, a shambolic company due to host a make-or-break corporate event. Charged with finding a venue, navigating through office politics and surviving a gun-wielding CEO: it’s a baptism of fire for the new starter.
This session will be facilitated by Barbara Garfath.
FRANCESCA COLEMAN KIERAN DOONER LOUIS FOX
WEEK 5 - SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST 2020
JODIE HAY JOHN PATTERSON DENISE ROCARD