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SMALL MERCIES by Melville Lovatt
East Lane Theatre, 10 to 18 June (check website for times and tickets)
Shop owner Donald and wife Andrea decide to pay an arsonist to set fire to the shop and claim on the insurance. Little do they know that two late customers have inadvertently been locked inside! The two couples, each with their own very different problems, touch each others’ lives with unexpected results, the dark comedy, pathos and fragility of existence shines through in this ultimately uplifting play.
Katharine Way's latest episode of the BBC1 soap opera Doctors is now available on the iPlayer.
When Sid volunteers at a street clinic he tries to help a teenage girl who is too scared to go home, unaware that her sister might also be in danger.
Dancing for England by Melville Lovatt
Melville Lovatt's new poetry collection is published by TSL.
Melville Lovatt writes: ‘I never thought I would write poetry again, having stopped writing it, for personal reasons, almost 50 years ago. I believe poetry should be challenging but always accessible. I hope I have succeeded in writing varied, accessible, sometimes funny poems which can also be enjoyed when read out loud.’
Congratulations to Melville who has just won The Harrow Times Poetry Competition. The annual event is highly competitive and this is the fourth time Melville has won.
Hello Vera, theatre script from Debbie Nagioff
Divorcee, Ruth Gold, is struggling with acres of anxiety, streams of stress and much low self esteem. She seems to be kicked from all directions and her mother Lillian, a glamorous 50-something bombshell, is only too keen to show her how it should be done, whilst at the same time only wanting her daughter’s happiness.
Hello Vera was given a play reading at Player Playwright
Buy Hello Vera (and check out Debbie's other books)
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 latest 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.
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
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