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.
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OPENS 18 MAY 2021: 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.

Coming to the White Bear Theatre, Kennington when the pandemic allows.



Available to stream from 24 May – 13 June

Battersea Arts Centre

Helen is a brand new digital show from innovative theatre ensemble N2P using virtual reality to tell the story of pioneering astronaut Helen Sharman CME OBE, the first British person in space.


Our fellow Member Pete Picton plays Helen's father.


Developed by N2P in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre and LIVR, this new re-imagining will immerse audiences with stunning 360-degree virtual reality from the comfort of your own home.

For tickets and more information


Rescheduled: Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June.

Times vary, OSO Arts Centre, Barnes 

Two Player Playwright Members have work scheduled for performances when (hopefully) lock down regulations are relaxed. 

Tom Pauk's  IN LIMBO and Sally Sheringham's HIT FOR SIX  will be among the work performed at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes (socially distanced, naturally), as part of an evening of short plays under the banner WAITING IN THE WINGS


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'Cold Reading' Doctors episode by Katharine Way

The latest episode of the BBC drama Doctors written by PP Member Katharine Way was broadcast in March.

You can watch the episode on the BBC I-Player

For more information

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 featured 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

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.
To purchase the book



Karen Bartholomew's innovative multi-media project is putting female writing in the spotlight.    "There's a crack in the glass ceiling but not a break"

The new year 2021 will see new characters, new comedy shorts and podcasts and a festival outing in the works.

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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

Purchase here

Warm and Wet and other short but occasionally moist plays (publisher TSL) 


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

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.”

Collection includes:

  • 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.


Just £6.08 from TSL Books ORDER NOW

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.

"Compelling and evocative telling of life during the Blitz"


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