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Julia Collier's short 'Wishful Thinking' will be one of five short plays on stage in south London later this month.
The programme of new theatre is produced by Ten Minutes a Month Playwriting Collective (The Collective Collected) and Parallel Paths.
It is on from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington. Programme starts at 7pm
Julia Collier's play 'Strange Enchantment' is part of The Tower Theatre's "Love (and Survival) in a Time of Covid" Festival
The programme comprises six collections of short plays and monologues performed at the theatre during the four weekends of the festival.
Collier's play is scheduled for 1 July at 7.30pm and 4 July at 6pm.
A Modest Little Man
Francis Beckett's insightful comedy about the creator of the Welfare State, Clement Attlee, played to full houses when it was first performed at several London theatres before the pandemic.
It returns with a new run - and a cast that includes several Player Playwright actors - this coming August
It runs at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre in Highgate Village from 31 August to 5 September.
England’s Trump Card. Beckett's collection of short stories about the future or what might have been, is available from TSL Books. Order here
Two plays by Tony Diggle, published by Troubador, available in hardback and e-book
"Show me the Money" is a dark "city" comedy. David is determined to make big money and find the girl of his dreams. Jenny is determined never to do any work at all and marry a millionaire. Will they get what they want? And if they do, will it be what they expect? To buy click here
"Facing the Enemy" is a play about fear and conflict. A war looms over a disputed border between two far-off lands. A general derails a plan for averting it. His brother, an intelligence officer, is sent to retrieve the situation. But is everything quite what it seems? To buy click here
Both plays are available in hard copy (£9.99) and as e-books (£4.99) from Troubador
Karmic Cycle, a film script from Debbie Nagioff
Karmic Cycle is a love story of an unusual kind, set against the backdrop of a murder mystery. In fact it begins with the murder outside a night club. Laura is a divorced artist, in her late 40s, living and working in her studio in Brighton. Her son is around 21 and at university.
She is a psychic artist and has found herself able to make “reconnaissance” trips back to previous lifetimes, evoking images of Ancient Rome and Native American reservations.
Standing Alone by Melville Lovatt
Melville Lovatt’s collection of monologues, Standing Alone, brings together eight monologues previously published by New Theatre Publications with eight new pieces.
Standing Alone comprises a total of sixteen monologues – eight for women and eight for men. Each piece has its own dark comedy and pathos. Four of the monologues; The Balaclava, The Wall, The Teddy Bear and Three Visits To Vincent, will be filmed by the East Lane Theatre Company and screened later this year on YouTube.
"Lovatt's monologues hit the spot like dramatic arrows" - Michael Stewart, theatre critic, Islington Tribune
Order Standing Alone and check out other published work by Melville Lovatt
Melville's piece ‘To Poetry’ won The Harrow Times May 2021 Poetry Writing Competition
Congratulations to Player Playwright Member Eamonn Breen whose short story, When He Told Her, is featured in a new book of Irish short stories.
Brevity is the Soul, is published by Liberties Press in Dublin, and is dedicated to celebrating Irish people’s love of a good story – and a good laugh.
When He Told Her is about a marriage break up.
FAMILY ZOOM TIME by Martin Keady
Award winning PP Member Martin Keady has written an e-play created specifically for online performance.
Zooming with their mum, a brother and sister find different ways of appreciating the positive things in their lives in the face of the pandemic.
Play for 2 women, 1 man
Warm and Wet and other short but occasionally moist plays
A collection of, mostly, comedy pieces written by the multi-talented Philip Philmar.
Amongst the characters to meet: the landlord from Hell, the ghastly Mr Gumpy. Or find yourself at a bank raided by three beautiful women. Witness an AI love affair breakup. Just who would do ‘that’ to a tiger? And discover exactly what it is that is warm and wet. Most of the plays in this collection picked up top placings in the competitions, and two were awarded Play of the Year.
So – 14 short plays, between 5 and 10 minutes long – perfect for lockdown and beyond – read them aloud when you are fed up with TV!
Price: £8.00 (includes UK delivery) to order: email Philip at email@example.com
Spirit of the Blitz by Marc Blake
During the Blitz of 1940, many thousands of Londoners were forced to take shelter in the Underground. On the very first day, twelve-year-old William Lumley, his mother, and little sister Aggie are bombed out. Fleeing to the safety of the Tube, they begin a subterranean existence.
A novel from Marc Blake.