This 2 hander was selected as one of the 10 short plays out of 400 applicants for the Take Ten New Writing Festival, Chesil Theatre, Winchester. The initial 4-day live festival in May 2021 has now been moved to October 2021. Careful tells the story of 2 elderly sisters, Marion and Rose, as they struggle to assert their preferred version of family history. The death of a brother releases a torrent of suppressed memories, shared jokes and secrets. Is it ever too late to find kindness in kinship?
February 2021, great fun performing with SEDOS Reads in Peter Foster's costumed,
staged reading of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1779 restoration farce, The Critic
(Mrs Dangle, Sir Walter Raleigh & Justice's Lady), February 2021 here
March 2021, I performed again with SEDOS Reads, this time in George S. Sims
1881 Victorian melodrama, The Lights O' London (Liza Jarvis).
Two old friends talk together about their bodies the night before one goes for major surgery - desires and violations that they've experienced, adaptations and defences they've constructed. A secret is revealed, pitting their long-held beliefs against private experience. Written for Zoom during lockdown, Headcount was a way to think about how women of my generation navigated the long arc of social changes. Headcount is performed by Roz Borley and Karla Ptáček.
Headcount is a standalone scene from my full length play of the same name. It will be streamed for 4 performances live, online, as part of the Magdalena Project BODIES: ON: LIVE on June 26th, 2021
At The Door Laughing
This episodic play was written for zoom during lockdown, and prompted by writer Rebecca Solnit's query "..how do we care for one another when we can't be physically present with each other." What happens when one person, sheltering in place, alone, needs to be cared for by a person who is as good as a stranger. How good can we be as strangers? At The Door Laughing is composed of 5 scenes, to be viewed in any order; a sample scene appears below. All scenes feature Bill Fleming as Victor.
Jennifer, a Benedictine nun, is nonplussed to have been chosen as executor to Ruth's estate, a woman she hasn't seen in twenty years. Amongst Ruth's possessions is found a startling private collection of china ornaments. This monologue was captured as a staged reading on Iphone.
Recorded for audio and broadcast as part of the Bankside Great Get Together, June 21, 2020, online/ on air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign. Mothering is based on conversations I had with women in the Middle East between 2017-2019 and was performed at the British Embassy, Riyadh, KSA. A video version of this text is due 2021.
Across live and recorded performance, online and offline, my interest lies in issues of power, representation and what makes people laugh. I am fascinated by the ways people narrate their lives.