"Unlimited Service" at Brisbane Powerhouse

My short comedy "Unlimited Service" has just completed a four-night run at the stunning Brisbane Powerhouse, as part of the Short+Sweet Queensland festival in Brisbane.

Directed by the highly talented Caroline Sparrow of Sparrowland Productions and starring superb acting duo Sean Hutton and Darrell Plumridge, it was a huge pleasure to see this selected and performed at the Short+Sweet Queensland festival, which this year featured original ten-minute pieces spanning daring drama, laugh-out-loud comedy, charismatic cabaret and contemporary performance.

I also just adored the Saul Bass-inspired poster for the show, which was so cleverly designed by Alejandro Hongo.  Congratulations to the entire team on a magnificent production.  You saw them here first!

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 Sean Hutton and Darrell Plumridge play it for laughs in "Unlimited Service" at Short+Sweet Theatre Queensland in Brisbane.

Sean Hutton and Darrell Plumridge play it for laughs in "Unlimited Service" at Short+Sweet Theatre Queensland in Brisbane.

 Wonderful Saul Bass-inspired poster, cleverly designed by Alejandro Hongo.

Wonderful Saul Bass-inspired poster, cleverly designed by Alejandro Hongo.

"In or Out" makes longlist for British Theatre Challenge

I'm pleased to announce that my newest short comedy, "In or Out", has been longlisted for the British Theatre Challenge 2018.  

The annual competition, organised by London-based Sky Blue Theatre Company, attracts entries from all over the world, and this year's longlist represents the top 25% of entries.  At the end of the judging process in July, the five winning plays will not only be given a full performance at a London theatre, but also be considered for publication, filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films, and one lucky winner will see their play turned into a short film.    There are filmed performances from previous years' competition winners freely available online, and they're well worth a look.

The shortlist will be announced on 30th June. 

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"UNLIMITED SERVICE" IS HEADING DOWN UNDER!

I am thrilled to announce that my short comedy, "Unlimited Service", has been selected for performance at Short+Sweet Theatre Brisbane 2018.

The performances will run from Monday June 18 to Sunday July 1 at the stunning Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, Queensland.  Tickets will be available soon via the Short+Sweet website.  

"The festival is without a doubt one of Brisbane’s most exciting theatre events of the year."
The Creative Issue

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PERFORMANCE PICTURES: "True To You" at The Producers Club, NYC, 24/3/18

The marvellous team at The Complete Theatre Company staged my play as part of its first ever "Big, Fat Sketch Show” on Saturday March 24th at The Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street, New York, New York.

The four performance photos below are courtesy of Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC.  The actors pictured are The Complete Theatre Company's Dylan Murphy and Anna Ritchey, who were directed by the Company's wonderful Artistic Director Annie Ward. The collage photos were provided by a friend-of-a-friend, who made the trip to see the show and bag these snaps and a show report.

Looks to have been a huge success, with lots of laughs - congratulations to all involved.

 Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

  Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

  Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

  Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

Photo credit: Tony Cammarata of Backstage Photography NYC. 

 VIew from the audience: snaps via a friend. 

VIew from the audience: snaps via a friend. 

Performance pictures: Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival 2018

After 5 weeks and 24 performances, the closing ceremony of the Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival was held on February 25th 2018. 

What a run!  

A record amount of scripts was received for this year's festival, so I am immensely proud to have been selected as one of ten lucky writers - and the only non-US finalist - to have my play performed to enthusiastic audiences in beautiful Racine on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The performance pictures of "True To You" are courtesy of Diane Carlson of Over Our Head Players and feature cast members Melissa Hughes Ernest, Ron Schulz and Mary Kveton.  The play was directed by Rich Smith, Artistic Managing Director of Over Our Head Players.

Emily from the OOHP team kindly sent me a fantastic memorabilia pack from the show (pictured below), which really captures the sheer amount of fun - and hard work - involved in this annual venture.  Its international reputation grows each year, and it's easy to see why.

Congratulations to all the writers and huge thanks to the audiences and entire Over Our Head Players team.  A wonderful festival and a wonderful experience!

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"True To You" Hits New York!

I'm delighted to announce that the fabulous and creative team at The Complete Theatre Company will be staging my play as part of “Our Big, Fat Sketch Show” on Saturday March 24th (5pm & 8pm) at The Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street, New York (walking distance from Times Square).

Director by Annie Ward, the repertory company's first ever sketch show promises to be a fantastic evening of diverse writing, sparkling wit, and super-fun performances.

Tickets are $15 and are available now from Brown Paper Tickets.

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We've made it to the Gala Final at Short+Sweet Dubai!

Hats well and truly off to Tall Tales Production for their performance at the People's Choice Finals on Friday 23rd February, and for sailing my play "True To You" all the way to the Gala Final of Short+Sweet Dubai 2018.

Congratulations and immense thanks to director Suraj Sadeesh and cast members Neha Kalvani, Paurav Shah and Butool Zaidi. 

The Gala Final takes place on Thursday March 1 (7.30pm) and Friday March 2 (7.30pm).  Tickets are available from Platinumlist here.

Good luck, Team True To You!

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"TRUE TO YOU" MAKES PEOPLE'S CHOICE FINAL AT SHORT+SWEET DUBAI

Truly delighted that "True To You" has been voted through to the People's Choice Finals at Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival.

Following performances during Top 40 Week on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January, "True To You" was propelled into the top two by the audiences on the night, and will now go on to compete in the Finals showcase.  Many congratulations and thanks to the talented Tall Tales Production team - including director Suraj Sadeesh and cast members Maha Husain, Neha Kalvani, Paurav Shah, pictured below (photo credit: Shrideep S Nanal). 

The People's Choice Finals will be held on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 4pm and 7.30pm at The Junction

 

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SHORT+SWEET DUBAI THEATRE FESTIVAL

Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival will be presenting "True To You" at its annual showcase from Jan 25 – March 3 2018.  The sixth annual Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival will run for six weeks at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz - Dubai’s newest and largest independent performing arts venue.

Short+Sweet Theatre is "the biggest little play festival in the world", selecting hand-picked ten-minute plays and theatre pieces from thousands of submitted scripts and staging them in venues from Sydney to Hollywood. 

The Short+Sweet Dubai Red Carpet Gala Final will be held from March 1-3 2018.  If you'd like to attend as an audience member and experience a thrilling evening of world-class micro-theatre, you can register online now.  

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"True To You" at SNOWDANCE 2018 10 Minute Comedy Festival

"True To You" has been selected for performance at the Snowdance® 2018 10 Minute Comedy Festival, which takes place from January 26 to February 25 2018 at Sixth Street Theatre in Racine, Wisconsin.

The Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival is an annual international playwriting competition for original short comedies.  The festival is staged by the talented team at Over Our Head Players, at their Sixth Street Theatre home on the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful Racine.  Scripts have been chosen for production in a complete festival performance, and the entire Showcase will be presented more than 24 times during the five weekend run.  Audiences vote each night for their favourite production, with the Snowdance "Best in Snow" award announced after the final performance on February 25 2018. A $500 prize goes to "Best in Snow", with a $200 award going to second place, and $100 for third place. 

This popular event begins its run on Friday January 26 and sells out, so reserve your tickets today.  

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WINNER! "TRUE TO YOU" TRIUMPHS AT SCRIPT SLAM

"True To You" was voted the winner of the Pint-Sized Plays Script Slam on Saturday 30th September 2017.  The Script Slam, held at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard, saw performances of all ten winning and runner-up plays, with the audience's favourite taking the title of "Best Script" and the coveted Pint-Pot.

Now in its 10th successive year, the Script Slam is the finale of the Pint-Sized Plays international writing competition.  This year's event was a fantastic evening of entertainment, and the wonderful cast and crew of "True To You" also took well-deserved honours in the Performance awards, judged by Peter Richards, Artistic Director of the Fluellen Theatre Company.

Many congratulations and thanks beyond measure to the organisers and to Sarah Bishop, Roger Leese and Sarah Sherriff (who also directed) for a fabulous interpretation.  If it's wrong to laugh at your own play, I don't want to be right!

For the full list of awards on the night, please visit the Pint-Sized Plays website.
 

 Roger Leese and Sarah Bishop in "True To You". Photo credit: Alec James Photography.

Roger Leese and Sarah Bishop in "True To You". Photo credit: Alec James Photography.

NOW BOOKING: Pint-Sized Plays Script Slam, 30 Sep, Theatr Gwaun

Tickets are now on sale for the Pint-Sized Plays 10th Anniversary Script Slam, to be held at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard on Saturday 30th September 2017.

All ten plays - six winners and four runners-up - will be performed, and audience members get to cast their votes for their favourite play of the night.

To book tickets for the event, please visit the Pint-Sized Plays website.

 

 

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FINAL RESULT: Top Ten in Pint-Sized Plays 2017

"True To You" has made the top ten of Pint-Sized Plays international writing competition.

As a runner-up in this year's competition, the play will be performed at the Script Slam in Fishguard, Wales, on Saturday 30th September.

For details and tickets for the show, click here.

 

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