Support new writing and help develop a new play, BARRICADES!
Using a new online approach.
This is a new initiative supported by Pump House Watford and the Arts Council, to help develop and workshop new writing using an online approach, to enable continuation of new writing during these challenging times. The first play in this series we have decided to workshop is BARRICADES! written by Andrew Sharp.
This is a call for auditions with response needed before 10th June 2020.
Active since 2013, playwright and librettist Andrew Sharpe has enjoyed fringe runs at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham (Songs from a Ledge); Maltings, St Albans; Pump House Watford (Three Sharpe Shorts); and in London, Theatre N16 (Goodnight Polly Jones) and the Chapel Playhouse (My Name is Cathy).
Single and scratch performances include The Cockpit, Hen & Chickens, Hackney Attic and Bloomsbury Festival in London; plus the Spread Eagle, Croydon; Theatre Mix, Birmingham; Merlin Theatre, Frome; Queens Theatre, Hornchurch and, in Coventry; Warwick Arts Centre, Theatre Absolute and Tin Music and Arts. He was ‘Highly commended’ at Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival in 2019 (Meet me at the Nightingale). He Performs occasionally as a poet, as musician with the band Steamchicken, and as an actor, mostly English trad drama. Review theatres and music under the name Laura Thomas.
This will be directed by professional actor and director Jade Samuels.
Jade Samuels is an actor graduate from Rose Bruford, her credits include BBC doctors, comedy musical ‘The good enough mums club’, a project in a new stage of development with Jade now Producing, and National Theatrical tour or 'Tinned Goods'. After winning Triforce Promotions Monologue Slam, she became the executive producer of all Midlands Slams(Coventry Belgrade/Birmingham REP) and works regularly with local theatre, Birmingham Rep. Jade is also a founding member of the Countries first Ethnically Diverse Improvisational Group 'Jumprov'. They have performed at TEDx Wolverhampton, had several shows at Birmingham REP theatre, as well as being regular visitors to 'Hoopla' theatre and also are regulars on the Comedy scene, opening for 'Guz Khan' and 'Aurie Styla'.
15th July: BARRICADES! - Workshop read through day on Zoom 10am to 6:00pm with breaks
Any questions or further info, contact email@example.com
Overcoming the ancient evil that divides three households, all alike in dignity.
Chloe: 40 F. Second or third generation West Indian heritage, black, English, first generation middle class (social worker/MP.)
Derry: 40 M. (AKA DEE/DORIAN). White English working class. Building contractor.
Lydia: 20 F. Apparently modern entitled middle-class, daughter of a surgeon, public school drop-out, poor little rich girl. West Indian heritage, mum or Dad is White.
Working class drifter, Derry, meets his former social worker, Chloe, and learns that she gave birth to his child, adopted 20 years earlier. Now a controversial politician, she and Derry leave on a quest for to find the child, aided by the mysterious young woman, Lydia, ostensibly a middle-class runaway. They find only more questions, and return to a city in flames. Derry is revealed as delusional and the principle provocateur of the riots, Lydia and Chloe join forces to overcome him.
The alt-real origin myths of all three characters.
Derry believes he has been transported from a far alt-real present, where the British Empire fell in the early 19C, and where northern Europe never industrialised. He was brought up in a boarding school in a quasi-medieval version of Watford (‘like Hogwarts Meets Narnia’). He believes the near-alt real of the play is threatened by malign forces from his home far alt-real.
Alias Lydia, real name unknown is a supernatural trickster spirit, comprising of the souls of slain women, including the real middle-class runaway whose physical body she occupies.Derry believes Lydia to be his lost love from his boyhood, and sees her existence as validation of his fantasy.
Chloe is apparently grounded in the near alt-real present, but shares ancestors with all three houses. She has rejected her mother’s tales, and the fable of the hidden name, her heritage, as a daughter of a house of witch queens, as superstition and fantasy. She is determined to make a difference in the rational world. Click here to apply
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS END WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE 2020.
Click the button above to open and complete the application form (application form) which will need you to do the following:
PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE AVAILABLE FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THE AUDITION DATES AND AVAILABLE FOR THE WORKSHOP DATE
2pm to 4:30pm on 17th June and 7:00 to 9:30 18th June.
We’re looking for a final cast of six.
15th July: BARRICADES! Workshop read through day on Zoom 10am to 6:00pm with breaks
The Watford Area Arts Forum (WAAF) Art and Literary Competition details have been finalised The theme is "Vision". Sadly, the deadline has now passed, but entries will be judged by an online public vote ending on 17 June. Watford Council will be providing the prizes this year. Please see WAAF's COMPETITION PAGE.
Jericho Writers are holding a Summer Festival of Writing starting Monday 1 June. For full details, programme and booking: https://jerichowriters.com/the-summer-festival-of-writing-2020-v2/
National Poetry Library have a large collection of brilliant, moving, funny and groundbreaking poems that you can read online, as well as a quote-finding service.
Well worth a look and signing up to their newsletter.
It's many congratulations to Jan Rees, who takes first place with her Flash Fiction 'Museum Piece' entry entitled: 'Waiting.' Jan's prize is a 'Museum Bag' with local books.
The top 3 results were as follows:
1st Place: Jan Rees Waiting
2nd Place: Helen Nicell Winter Evening
3rd Place: Ann Crago Empty
Many thanks to everyone who entered... it was tremendously competitive, high quality writing as always and great fun!
...and our sincere many thanks to Watford Museum for allowing us access to their fine art collection and for donating a prize; and especially to Sarah and Lewis at the Museum.
All authors have their names against their entry on our Flash Fiction Page.
From an "ONLINE" newsletter from Stage Audience, via Andrea:
Test Your Own Talents:
Cautionary Tale, an exciting new British musical, was deep in development when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the workshop performances had to be cancelled. Now, the writers don't want its incredible journey to come to an end so are giving people like us the opportunity to stage it in their own homes and share their recordings online. For five weeks, they will release sheet music and backing tracks, Tik Tok choreography, character sketches and script extracts. In week six, the best of these recordings will be used to create a live Zoom version. Record the weekly section by yourself or with your friends and family, share it online using #CautionaryTaleMusical and help make this a reality.
You can find full details here: www.cautionarytalemusical.com
Andrea spotted this on facebook and thought this might be of interest to Watford Writers:
Many thanks Andrea.
On 10 February 2020, we welcomed our first guest speaker of the year. Karl Vadaszffy, Karl's writing pen name is now A.J. Park. He had his first Crime Thriller novel The First Lie published last year. By day, Karl is Head of English at St Michael's Catholic School in Watford.
The journey to being accepted by one of the UK's largest publishers has taken Karl ten years of hard effort and determination. Diligently working and correcting his drafts, Karl wrote and published the following books as Karl Vadaszffy:
The Missing (2013); Sins of the Father (2014); Don’t speak; and most recently writing as A.J.Park, The First Lie in 2019.
Karl discussed the influence other writers and books had and continues to have on his writing and listed the following in particular:
The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Haven’t they Grown and Little Face by Sophie Hannah
A fellow writer and poet who has inspired and supported Karl is the award winning Sophie Hannah. Karl turned to crime fiction as a direct result of Sophie's encouragement. Other writers who have inspired Karl include Quentin Bates, William Ryan, and Adrian Magson.
Karl provided us all with tremendous insights into getting published and kindly took a number of questions from the floor. There was an excellent discussion on the success of crime writing; but also Karl's other work including article writing for various magazines.
The First Lie is a fast-paced psychological thriller published by Orion Fiction, whose authors include global bestsellers Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Steve Cavanagh and Alex Michaelides.
The First Lie is available as an ebook, audio book and large format paperback. https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Lie-J-Park/dp/1409187438
The regular paperback will be released on 25 June 2020.
Book two is due to follow in 2021.