2015

2015

 

What an exciting year 2015 was for StageWrite.  As many of you know we were unsuccessful for the second time in gaining Arts Council Funding but did we let that stop us?  No, we did not!  Instead, we went on to have one of the best years so far with some incredible pieces of new writing staged for the first time.  To top it all, we had stalwart Andy Maddock return for the third year running, this year directing with us and performing his own work, Cyprus Sunsets, from his collection of semi-autobiographical plays The Me Plays.

DOMINO by Laura Bacon

Directed by Phil Mardlin
Cast: Mike – Matt Ingarfield                                             Ben – John Handscombe
Janette – Harri Mardlin                                                     Pete – Mike Aherne
Carol – Elsbeth Smit                                                           Train Driver – James Harrison
Duarte – Andy Maddock                                                    Police Officer – Michael David
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton photography

 

Mike is trying to make sense of the world; meanwhile seven lives are affected as they are confined to the carriage of the train on which they appear to be trapped.

 

 

THE INTERVIEW STAGE by Chris Loft

 Directed by James Harrison
Cast:      Martin – Michael David                                                    
Brass – Phil Mardlin
Squires – John Handscombe
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

Martin arrives for a job interview, hoping to land a teaching position at a school. However, things don’t go quite according to plan!

 

 

A STRANGER TO MYSELF by Barbara Bridger

Directed by John Handscombe
Cast:      Woman – Natalie Castka                                                 
Man – Phil Mardlin
Captain – James Harrison
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Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

Using elements of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer, this play takes an oblique look at surveillance, asking questions about how well we know ourselves and those around us.

 

 

VOUCHER by Danka Throne

Directed by John Handscombe
Cast: Cashier – Sebastienne Williams  
Tunic – Harri Mardlin
Suit – Matt Ingarfield                                                        
Cardigan – James Harrison
Uniform – Cally Lawrence                                             
Overalls – Phil Mardlin
Tracksuit – Natalie Castka                                            
Do-Rag – Michael David
Cornrows – Joanne Mulley
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

It’s evening at the local supermarket when the alarm sounds and the shoppers find themselves trapped in the building.

 

 

 

FIT PIECE by Helen Shay

Directed by Cally Lawrence
Cast: Louise – Sebastienne Wiliams                    
Jake – Michael David
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

Louise wants to get fit. Jake, a personal trainer is definitely up for the challenge but what will the outcome be? A psychological thriller exploring, power, control and obsession.

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER LIGHT by Christine Foster

Directed by Phil Mardlin
Cast: Jack – Michael David                        
Anna – Joanne Mulley
Mum – Harri Mardlin
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

After seeing what she takes to be a vision, a mother tries to explain her reaction to her pre-occupied adult children – or are things not quite what they seem?

 

 

UP YOUR PRANA by Julia Howe

Directed by Andy Maddock
Cast: Sophia – Harri Mardlin                                      
Eunice – Jo Phillimore
Chelsea – Elsbeth Smit                                                      
Dan – Matt Ingarfield
Amelia – Natalie Castka                                                   
Big Mel – Sebastienne Williams                
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

Amelia is Bliss Yoga’s newest receptionist; but will she ever fit in with the rag tag bunch of employees who all seem to have their own problems.

 

 

CYPRUS SUNSETS by Andy Maddock

Directed by Ryan Bradley
Cast: Me – Andy Maddock
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

The sunny climbs of Cyprus. What better place to get over a recent heartbreak? At least that what Me thinks. All he wants to do is watch one perfect sunset, but like all good package holidays, people just keep getting in the way.

 

INTERCOURSE by Jonathan Skinner

Directed by Cally Lawrence
Cast: Gavin – Phil Mardlin                                             
Lana – Natalie Castka
Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

Courtesy of Caroline Connaughton Photography

 

Nervous accountant Gavin hires escort Lana for an hour of paid sex in his hotel room.  But when it comes down to the action, he is more interested in intercourse of the verbal variety than sexual. Both are hiding secrets.