Uncertain times but hope remains!

Our March StageWrite evening was one of the last performances to happen at The Place before lockdown.  Gosh… how different things look now, and thank goodness we were able to go ahead – looking back, we realise what a close shave it was, and how easily it could have been cancelled.  But what a cracker of a night it was, featuring two contrasting scripts brought to life by our good-humoured, committed cast, tremendous directors and genius technician, Simon https://www.simon-jackson.co.uk

It’s pretty heartbreaking to see how hard hit theatres and artists have been over the past months – along with so many other industries across the nation.  In the uncertainty, we continue to hope for a time when we can come back to rehearsal rooms and busy auditoriums and once again get stuck into live performance – until then, we’re encouraged to see the ways that artists and companies are still producing fascinating work that has adapted to new circumstances.

A few days ago, I watched performances of a collection of short Zoom plays.  These are exactly what you’d imagine – new scripts written specifically to be performed on a virtual platform.  I was honestly inspired and amazed by how successful this was, and how much potential there is for work that is compelling and funny and moving, and makes the most of the technical tools available in this setting.

We don’t know what the future of StageWrite will look like, but are determined that it won’t disappear!  We still love receiving new scripts and whether you’re writing for a live or a virtual performance space, do get in touch if you have work to submit.  For developments regarding future StageWrite events once things get moving, watch this space!

Rehearsal shot: Joanne Mulley, Simão Vaz and Natalie Čàstka in Man, Rat, Mink by Peter Eyre

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