Voices In The Dark

On the 24th April 2018, we proudly hosted our first ever new writing showcase ‘Voices In The Dark’. 

Featuring over 8 short plays shortlisted from over 100 submissions, Voices In The Dark aspired not only to showcase  a superior calibre of new writing but to also provide a professional platform for emerging playwrights, actors and directors of which to launch their careers, and gain experience in the industry.

 

Connecting over 31 creatives with one another, Voices In The Dark sought to showcase and produce theatre exploring the social and political issues in our society.  Pieces reflected the mood of our current socio-political environment and were required to touch upon one or more of the themes of gender, injustice and inequality. 

   

Voices In The Dark, ran for one night at Greenwich Theatre, on Tuesday 24th April, 2018

 

PIECES SHOWCASED

   

BADGER

Written by Luke Stapleton

Directed by Liam Fleming

Performed by Martin Donaghy as GRAHAM

 

There’s this guy, right. His name’s Harry. We’ve sort of become mates. We both like beer and watch the same sports. We grew up 150 spits away from each other (for those non-spitters – that’s not far). We’re about the same age and we’re both white. In socio-economic terms, we’re basically the same person.

 

Except we’re really not. Harry is not like me. And I’ll be fucked if I let them out there think he is. I’ve got to do something... Say something... Expose him for what he really is ... *sips whisky* … W-will you help me?

 

CHOICE

Written by Rebecca Robinson

Directed by Jodi Burgess

Performed by:

Hugh Barnett as GRAHAM

Isobel Eadie as KATE

Rachel Fenwick, Su McLaughlin and Shivi Hotwani as THE VOICES

 

At a time when guilt seems to be decided via public opinion, when social media grants everyone a voice and nobody a defence, when an accusation can be as damaging as a conviction, when the loudest shouter or the most emotive performer becomes the believed, how can we ever decide what really happened?

 

Choice is a piece that considers both sides of a “he-said/she-said” rape accusation and questions society's role in apportioning the blame.

 

HER, HIM, MOTHER AND OTHER

Written by Andy Pilkington

Directed by James Haddrell

Performed by:

Serin Ibrahim as HER

Samuel Lane as HIM

Su McLaughlin as MOTHER

Jessica Aquilina as OTHER

 

Her, Him, Mother and Other is a short play about four different people and their perspectives on domestic violence. To provide a different way of addressing this subject matter, and as an alternative to traditional prose, their stories are told through performance poetry.

 

HOW TO INVEST IN POVERTY

Written by Cassiah Joski-Jethi

Directed by Laura Wooff

Performed by:

Melissa Nolan as LACEY

Gabriella Margulies as SAMARA

Martin Donaghy as STRANGER/TUBE OPERATOR

 

In the busy mad-dash world of Central London, a high-flying financier Samara meets a smart and sharp young woman Lacey - who happens to be homeless. Their interaction explores typical attitudes towards individuals who are homeless, and how this can be challenged and changed, but is often sadly not.

 

NECESSARY CHANGE

Written by Azeem Bhati

Directed by Mike Cottrell

Performed by:

Shivi Hotwani as DARSHAN

Bhavik C Pankhania as SAMIR

 

Best friends since high school, Samir and Darshan have always shared similar thoughts and views about most things. But when Samir is drawn to one political party, Darshan struggles to understand Samir's choices and feels that he no longer recognises his friend. Will their friendship survive the challenges that will arise as a result of their newfound differences?

NYE

Written by Rachel Salisbury

Directed by Florance O’Mahony

Performed by:

Cassandra Hercules as TARA

Jamie O’Neill as OLLIE

 

It’s New Year’s Eve and the music in the club is terrible. Ollie and Tara have just met and escape to the bar to sing their own songs loudly to try and drown out the DJ. Sparks are flying between them and they know it. But as they get to know each other better, it is clear they have very different world beliefs.

 

Can two people really click if one of them lives a life that the other thinks is filled with injustice? How much do we let our core beliefs hold us back from making a connection with someone?

 

ST. CHRISTOPHER

Written by Conor Gormally

Directed by Serin Ibrahim

Performed by:

Katrina McKeever as AINE

Sarah Agha as CLAIRE

Its 2009 and two girls are on a ferry across the Irish Sea. Aine and Claire watch their city go by and discuss all your normal teenager topics – anything to take their mind off why they’re here. They may be girls but already they’ve learned what it means to be a woman in Northern Ireland.

They’ve got each other and the patron saint of travellers watching their backs, so everything will be fine, right?

 

THE UNFORTUNATE TRIAL OF ROBIN GOODFELLOW

Written and directed by James Haddrell

Performed by:

Joseph Richardson as ROBIN GOODFELLOW

Martin Edwards as JUDGE

Rachel Fenwick as FAIRY 1

Alice De-Warrenne as FAIRY 2

 

As Theseus and his court retire to bed and the rude mechanicals head home flushed with the success of their performance, a cry rings out across fairyland - Puck, the apparent architect of the day's misadventures, is to be tried by a court of his peers. With a series of witnesses called from the countryside, the court and fairyland itself, is this an elaborate hoax or something altogether more sinister?

 

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