New Writing Night – February 2013

February saw the first New Writing Night of 2013 and we kicked of the year with our most packed line up to date.

We had poems, an extract reading from a novel, sketch comedy and of course theatre.

It was a fantastic night with a wonderful audience, so thank you all for getting involved. We hope to see you at our next New Writing Night on April 15th.

 

February Line Up

The Birthday Surprise 
Written by Josh King
Directed By Oliver Gordon
Carton: Jimmy Ryan Sheddon 
Jane: Helen Liggat
Man: Marco Nanetti
Police Officer: Luke Manning
The Dance
Written and Performed by James Milton
Directed by Sophie Boyce
Coming Home
Written by Alison Royce
Directed by Sophie Boyce
Performed by Jessica Anderson
To the Extreme, With Nothing
Written and Performed by Rebecca Patenon
Directed by Sophie Boyce
The Best Seafood in London
Written by Ben Norton Davies
Directed By Colin Appleby
Will: Kevin Leslie
Jane: Anna Nicholson
Ancient Things
Written by Chris Buxey
Directed by Colin Appleby
Performed by Kate Sandison
In Cahoots 
Written and Performed by
Luke Manning
 Paul Raymond

LOST Theatre: 5 Minute Festival

On Tuesday 13th November my sister and I went to see our good friend Daisy T-G perform her fantastic poem ‘Eye of a Snail’ at LOST Theatre’s 5 Minute Festival. This week-long festival sees 40 theatre/performance companies perform a piece that cannot last longer than 5 minutes. A total of ten pieces are performed each night Monday-Thursday and on each night a panel of three judges selects two pieces to go through to Saturday night’s final.

It’s a fantastic way to showcase a variety of talent, many of the pieces were short plays that had a cast and director – some pieces were clever, some hilarious, some, well, seriously weird. Variety was certainly what we got. Daisy’s piece was unusual in that it wasn’t a piece of theatre but her performance poetry was certainly theatrical enough to match up. ‘Eye of a Snail’ is a witty, charming and heartfelt piece that darts and drifts through the mind of the poet from the here and now back to the classroom as a 7 year-old and many places in between. Daisy’s electric performance is captivating but you don’t need to take my word for it, you can watch the video (filmed by LOST Theatre) and see for yourself.

There were a couple of other notable pieces from the evening (Eye of a Snail was my favourite, but then I am biased). I particularly enjoyed ‘Side Dish’, a great short piece of abstract theatre, with a fun nonsensical feel was described as ‘a harmonic play exploring the potential of personal growth via a restaurant menu’. I also enjoyed ‘Yesterday’s Shirt’ a funny little piece performed by a guy who looked a lot like Rob Brydon and ‘None of the Above’ which was 5 minutes of craziness based around two guys practicing for his driving theory test when the questions start to become ‘choose your own adventure book’ questions and the adventure starts to become real.

Inventive, bizarre and often well directed and performed this night of short pieces of theatre was well put together and very enjoyable. This was LOST Theatre’s 5th year of running the 5 Minute Festival and I do hope they continue it next year as I am very much looking forward to going!

You can see all of the pieces that were performed on all 4 nights here.

Vikki