New Writing


The Long Trick

Kelsey. Cornish girl. Timid lover of anarchic music. Kelsey lives in a converted fishing boat moored on the Helford River. She is proud daughter to Tristan of Helford, the local legend who makes his living robbing the nearby second homes. Together they have a simple existence, marked by stolen smartphones, joyful gatherings and donations they make to give back to the community. But then Gale walks into their lives and Kelsey wakes up to who she really is. The outside world encroaches, and a delicate balance is knocked sideways in Tristan’s precarious world.

Told with narrative poetry, dialogue and song, The Long Trick is a new play by Marietta Kirkbride about one man’s protest against gentrification and what happens when ideas go beyond our control.

WINNER: PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, VAULT FESTIVAL 2017

★★★★  Epigram  | ★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall

Nel Crouch’s direction ensures that Kirkbride’s poetic script is never lost in action... Crouch handles the pacing with aplomb, and there’s never a dull moment onstage. Bakchormeeboy

An evocative piece of theatrical storytelling crafted with sophistication and skill. The Play's the Thing UK

The Long Trick toured in February - March 2017. It played at The Poly in Falmouth, The Acorn in Penzance, at VAULT Festival, The Wardrobe in Bristol and at rural venues in Devon and Cornwall.

Written by Marietta Kirkbride | Design by Rebecca Jane Wood | Lighting by Joe Price | Sound by Aaron May | Cast: Jessica Murrain, Martha Seignior and Darcy Vanhinsbergh.


Speaker

Speaker was a new monologue by Chris Goode directed as part of the Jerwood Assistant Director programme for Five Directors, Five Plays, Five Days. It was performed at the Young Vic in December 2016.

Written by Chris Goode | Designed by Cecilia Carey | Performed by Rose Wardlaw.


The Love I Feel is Red

Mona is pregnant. Her boyfriend has died. His mother is going crazy with grief and Mona has something big to tell her.

The Love I Feel is Red was a new play by Sabrina Mahfouz performed at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol and Oran Mor in Glasgow as part of A Play a Pie and a Pint in May 2016.

'A work that has much to say about physicality and humanity, whether soaring across rooftops or crumpled on the bathroom floor.'  Exeunt

★★★★'Not a line is wasted in this tightly directed short play... Mahfouz and Crouch masterfully use theatre to create a neutral space to play out these very difficult and loaded issues in public.'  The Reviews Hub

Written by Sabrina Mahfouz | Cast: Janet Etuk and Heather Williams | Designer: Rebecca Jane Wood | Lighting: Joe Price | Produced by Tobacco Factory Theatres


Fifty Years (rehearsed reading)

Fifty Years is a comedy drama exploring fifty years of gay history through the history of two gay couples. One couple met five decades ago outside prison on the night homosexuality was partially decriminalised in the UK. The other couple met five months ago on gay dating app Grindr.

Fifty Years is a new play by James McDermott. It was developed on the Criterion New Writing programme and showcased in a rehearsed reading at the Criterion Theatre.

Performers: Nathan Armarkwei-Larya, Nick Finegan, Jake Phillips Head, Will Sutcliffe | Photos by Benjamin Graham


Plow (rehearsed reading)

Estelle is silently walking. She has been on the road for weeks. She has crossed three states yet no-one knows where she has come from and no-one knows where she is going. People along her route beg to touch her, feed her, follow her - she cannot escape them nor the hurricane of press speculation, social media chatter and government suspicion that daily grows. And then there is the man who has decided she simply cannot be allowed to succeed....

Plow is a new play by Sharon Clark. It was workshopped for two days at Bristol Old Vic and presented as a rehearsed reading at the Arnolfini as part of Ferment Fortnight.

Plow won a Bruntwood Prize Judges' Award in 2017.  It was also shortlisted for the 2017 Papatango Prize.

Performers: Lydia Blakemore Phillips, Ed Browning, Craig Edwards, Philip Edward Perry, Malcolm Hamilton, Gina Ruysen, Cath Swingler, Emma Vickery, Nadia Williams | Photos by Jack Offord