DAMASCUS ROAD by RICHARD FITCHETT, 7.30pm, 4 July, North London Tavern
Whilst watching a play that questions their and possibly the audience’s beliefs, Elena and Josh argue with the actors and join the play onstage to re-write lines, so that their views are presented and the audience don’t have their expectations challenged.
Damascus Road is a stage comedy with a running time of 75/80 minutes.
Richard Fitchett has had three full length fringe plays produced: the last received 5 star reviews and was nominated for a short run Offie. He worked on several plays during the pandemic and since ‘Freedom Day’. He is currently trying to find ways to get them staged.
An independent BBC Radio Producer has also shown interest in a script Richard had read at a Players-Playwrights Zoom in May 2021. This play is live Upstairs@NorthLondonTavern.
During lockdown Player Playwright went online. The online events proved a success and so for this coming season we plan to alternate between live events at our traditional home, Upstairs at the North London Tavern, and online via Zoom.
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 schedule of readings and special events
Monday, 4 July, Damascus Road by Richard Fitchett, North London Tavern
Monday 11 July, Forbidden Fruit, by Niall McCarthy, North London Tavern
Created by Caleb Estes
Player Playwrights meet 7.30pm Mondays
North London Tavern Plus online live events
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