Player Playwrights returns with its Autumn Season of new play readings and events:
7.30pm, Monday 19 September Upstairs@North London Tavern - DOUBLE BILL: Awaken the Dead and The Story of Fires and Floods
AWAKEN THE DEAD by Robert Royston
An elderly couple with unsound memory prepare for what they hope will be a legendary dinner party. They and their guests will reboot their energy for one last laugh and, through celebration, raise the spirit of their generation for posterity. In another part of the house the illegitimate son of one of them - neither can quite remember who he is - concocts Armageddon.
Robert Royston is a former South African journalist. He edited Black Poets in South Africa for Heinemann's African Writers series. His first play The Struggle had a one month run at the Gate Theatre. His second, Home Time was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate award.
THE STORY OF FIRES AND FLOODS by Helena Thompson
A 17 minute dramatised talk which tells the history of SPID Theatre's council estate refurbishment five years after Grenfell.
Helena Thompson is the artistic director of SPID Theatre, which makes art that advocates housing justice. She has had five plays published including The Burning Tower, performed on estates nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE: During lockdown and post lockdowns Player Playwright went partially online. For this new season we are still holding some evenings on line, but all of our new play readings will take place in person Upstairs@NorthLondon Tavern.
We made this decision after discussions with our authors who, overwhelmingly, told us that they value the in-person feedback of a live audience.
SEE BELOW FOR FULL LINE UP OF AUTUMN SEASON
When Player Playwrights was founded in 1948 its aim was laid down as follows:
“To encourage the writing of plays by its members, by providing an opportunity for such plays to be presented and criticized by the Society; to widen the knowledge of all aspects of playwriting, by inviting to its meetings Speakers and Lecturers; to explore all avenues whereby members’ work may be presented to the public.”
Player Playwrights, which is still run by its actor and playwright members, continues to bring together professional actors and writers with weekly play readings, actor and writer workshops, plus guest speaker events for its members.
We are always open to new Members. You could be an experienced or an aspiring playwright. You might be an actor excited about working with new writers and on new plays. Or maybe you’re just someone who loves theatre and gets excited being among the first to see new work. You're all very welcome.
We have had to curtail our usual Monday night performances at the North London Tavern but we are still showcasing new plays every Monday night - online. You can join us every Monday for a simple one off annual membership fee.
Our annual membership fee at £15 for new members. Renewal of the fee after that is just £10 a year. As a member every Monday you will receive a zoom link so you can watch the play, and then join in the conversation about the work with the writer and other members afterwards.
Just as importantly you can put your own work forward for one of our play reading evenings, and have your work mentored by one of our experienced readers; you can become part of the rota of professional actors we need to stage our play readings; you can enter our regular play contest nights.
For more details on becoming a member contact Tony Diggle on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the team
Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran
Bafta-winning writers of numerous ITV and BBC series' including Birds of A Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. Theatre Includes Save The Last Dance For Me, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Love Me Do. Marks & Gran were crowned 'Living Legends' by The Comedy Society in September 2015.
"In 1973 we had the good fortune to stumble upon Player Playwrights. Over the subsequent months, in a semi–derelict theatre in Fitzroy Square, we were exposed to short plays, long plays, good plays and bad plays, written and performed by members of the club, professional and amateur.
Although by then Laurence was a journalist, and Maurice was selling the occasional short story to top shelf magazines, neither of us even fantasised about a career as a playwright, although we were both enthusiastic fans of radio and television comedy. But after a few months hearing other members’ scripts, we decided separately to take the plunge, and enter the regular sketch–writing competition."
send us your scripts
At its heart Player Playwright is a collective of writers and actors who are supportive of each others work.
We schedule readings of new works, drama and comedy, created by our Members. The work is then critiqued by fellow Members. The aim of our criticism is always to guide and aid the writer to improve their work.
Many plays that get their first outing at Player Playwrights go on to full professional productions on the London stage, often with actors from Player Playwrights appearing in them.
To find out more about how Members can put their work forward for a reading click here
All events scheduled via Zoom or in person at North London Tavern every Monday, 7.30pm
Our Autumn 2022 schedule of new play readings, contests and events
Monday 19 September Upstairs@North London Tavern
DOUBLE BILL: Awaken the Dead by Helena Thompson and The Story of Fires and Floods by Robert Royston
Monday 26 September Upstairs@North London Tavern Revolution(s) by Ezra Elia One hour radio or stage play
Monday 3 October Upstairs@North London Tavern Player Playwrights Committee Meeting
Monday 10 October Upstairs@North London Tavern Amoral Play by Chris Salt 1 hr 50 stage play
Monday 17 October Upstairs@North London Tavern The Railway King by Matthew Partridge 1 hr 20
Monday 24 October Upstairs@North London Tavern I can’t live with a man called Hilary
by Sophie Monjoie & Paul Ham
Monday 31 October Upstairs@North London Tavern Harry and Rose by Francis Beckett
Monday 7 November Upstairs@North London Tavern Lysenko Lives by Rodney Clark 80 minute stage play
Monday 14 November On Zoom Short Play Competition for members Entry details to follow
Monday 21 November On Zoom Steve Harper : Talk by Literary Manager, Theatre 503
Monday 28 November On Zoom Player Playwrights AGM
Monday 5 December NLT Xmas party
Created by Caleb Estes
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