The pandemic has created a tough environment for the arts community, particularly for actors and playwrights. But the members of Player Playwrights are responding creatively to these challenging times. Please support your fellow Players & Playwrights.
Villain in Tinseltown by David Harrold
Jonathan Hansler returns to the stage with an epic performance as the big screen's most charming baddie George Sanders.
Villain in Tinseltown; A Warning From George Sanders is based on 'Memoirs of a Professional Cad' written by the man himself. Directed by Helen Niland.
It runs from 15 December to 23 December at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington.
A KINGDOM FOR A STAGE by Tony Diggle
A radio version of Diggle's ambitious reimagining of the life of a time travelling Shakespeare in modern London. Tony writes: “In one respect the play seems to have been a little more prescient than I intended with the 'outbreak of plague' that happened regularly in Shakespeare’s day.
“Shakespeare recalls his horror at how things went after his death, looks ahead to the great plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666, and challenges the audience to do better with their future. We might read in a pandemic worse than Covid-19 and climate change for these events if we don’t get our act together.”
Act I will be broadcast Friday, 27 November at 12noon, 8pm and 4am
Act 2 will be broadcast Saturday, 28 November at the same times.
To listen go to audiobookradio.net and click on “Listen Now” button.
Katharine Way's latest episode of the BBC serial DOCTORS is available to view on the BBC iPlayer.
Katherine's episode THEM was on BBC 1 on 18 November and will be available on BBC iPlayer for several months.
The link below will play after the broadcast.
Katherine's play, The Charity Woman, picked up the top prize in our recent radio play contest on the theme of The Kindness of Strangers and was performed online for Players Playwrights last month.
Warm and Wet and other short but occasionally moist plays (publisher TSL)
A collection of mostly comedy piece 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
England’s Trump Card by Francis Beckett
A collection of short stories about the future; or about what might have been. Francis says: “They are about what might become of us – or what might have become of us, if things had panned out slightly differently.”
London in the future: third world poverty, tuc-tucs on the streets and an authoritarian tyrant in Downing Street.
The Prime Minister addresses the nation during the blitz – but it isn’t Winston Churchill.
The Ghost of Christmas Past copes with the age of the internet.
The strange premiership of Jeremy Corbyn.
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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.