The pandemic has been a tough time for the arts community, particularly for actors and playwrights
But the members of Player Playwrights have been responding creatively to these challenging times
Please support your fellow writers and actors
Congratulations to Pete Picton and Phil Mison who both appear in 83, a stirring new sports film based on real events.
The movies tells the story of how the India cricket team overcame all the odds and beat the two times World Champions West Indies at Lords Cricket Ground in 1983, putting India firmly back onto the cricket world stage.
83 got a four star review in The Guardian and is in cinemas now.
The talented Jonathan Hansler will be performing Dr Brittan, his comedy sketch/stand up act (with an accent on mental health) at the annual Sketch Off competition at the Museum of Comedy in central London.
Jonathan will be on stage at 7.30pm on Sunday 23 January. Shake off the winter blues and come down and support him.
The multi talented Phil Philmar and his cohort Peter Stern have launched their comedy improvisation podcast, Improv Noodles. The pair improvise sketches based on emailed suggestions. Listen to the first episode here and be a part of future episodes. Send your suggestions for a scene to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input is vital – and you'll get a name-check in the podcast.
Shooting The Pilot
The legendary writing team of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who also happen to be Player Playwright stalwarts, have a new new book in the offing, Shooting the Pilot.
The book includes six of their hit pilot scripts, including Birds of a Feather and The New Statesman, plus the one that got away.
Lady Ottoline Pierpoint’s Guide to Intimate Behaviour for Gentlewomen was a pilot they wrote which never got made.
Mosley Must Fall, BBC Radio Four
1936, Cable Street, East London. One Irish family, living in Whitechapel, finds itself divided as Oswald Mosley and his fascist followers prepare to march through the heart of East London. When the march descends on Cable Street, loyalties are tested as two brothers fight to make their mark in a historic battle. An audio drama from Martin McNamara.
BBC Play of the Week; Critic's choice, Daily Telegraph; "Compelling drama", Mail on Sunday; "Engaging", Spectator
GLORIA IN EXTREMIS by LYNNE O'SULLIVAN
A funny, heart-warming novel from actress and writer Lynne O'Sullivan.
This is the tale of fifty-year old Gloria who, on losing both her partner and her job, is forced to make changes to her life, often with hilarious consequences.
Lynne performed a short monologue from Gloria, which is available on the Player Playwright YouTube site.
Available through most online outlets or direct from Troubador Publishing
Katharine Way's latest episode of the long running BBC series DOCTORS is available online. In The Favourite, Emma helps a grieving family move on when secrets are revealed at a memorial service. Watch it here
Katharine will be giving a talk on Writing for Television on Monday 28 February for Player Playwrights.
Two monologues from Melville Lovatt, ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Teddy Bear’ have been filmed by the East Lane Theatre Company. Melville also directed another of the monologue, ‘Waiting For Jesus’
By Jane Lockyer Willis. Click here to watch the monologues
Melville's monologues come from a recently published collection, Standing Alone, which brings together eight monologues previously published by New Theatre Publications with eight new pieces.
Order Standing Alone and check other published work by Melville Lovatt
Standing Alone by Melville Lovatt
London, 1888 and the city is in fear.
A string of murders has terrified the residents of Whitechapel and Scotland Yard has no leads in the hunt for the killer.
Jonathan Hansler takes on a lead role in a new thriller on the trail of London's most notorious killer.
Ripper Untold is now available on UK digital platforms and on DVD, including on amazon
The Ballad of Crookback and Shakespeare – Clive Greenwood and Jason Wing
Elizabethan England – a state under surveillance – an aging Queen with no heir at its centre, the last of the Tudors, determined to justify her family’s to rule commands an unknown playwright, William Shakespeare, to illustrate this by creating the ultimate stage villain “The Crookback” King Richard III.
An intriguing new stage drama, published in book form by TSL publishing.
Facing the Enemy and Show Me The Money by Tony Diggle
"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?
"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?
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.
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.