11th Annual WriteFest

Past Event

WriteFest 11


Wednesday 16  –  Saturday 19 November 2016, performances at 7.45pm
Also matinee on Saturday 19 November at 2.30pm
Doors open 30 minutes earlier.

A showcase of local writing - never produced anywhere else - WriteFest is an evening of seven new short plays, chosen by competition. Each year Progress performs a selection of original works from both budding and experienced writers to bring to you this consistently popular annual production.

This year's winning plays, selected from 90 entries, are:

  • How Do I Love Thee - Liz Carroll
  • Knock Knock - Marie French
  • Hamlet's Essence - Eva Marchetti
  • Mixed Reception - Emma Wyverne
  • The Cutting Man - Matthew Wilkie
  • Water Torture - Michael Sharp
  • Home (A Loan Too) - Jonathan Skinner

There’s something for everyone, so don’t miss out! 

See also Writefest: It's a hard-knock life

The Cutting Man by Matthew Wilkie

Man – Biffo Ordish
Librarian – Paula Montie

Director – Gary Wales


Knock Knock by Marie French 

Sammy – Daniel Brown
Joe – Jack Gunner 
Katja – Nanette Naude
Etty – Stephanie Gunner

Director – Adrian Tang


Water Torture by Michael Sharp 

Beryl – Paula Montie 

Director – Kate Shaw


Hamlet’s Essence by Eva Marchetti

Hamlet – Jack Gunner
Ophelia – Nanette Naude
Gertrude – Chris Moran
Marcellus/Laertes – Jordan Emmett
Claudius/Ghost – Biffo Ordish
Horatio/Polonius/Ambassador – Paul Gallantry

Director – Laura Mills


How Do I Love Thee by Liz Carroll

Kate – Lauren Gilbert
Katie – Bethan Perkins
Grace – Jane Gibson
Therapist – Patrick Selvanathan
Rosie – Stephanie Gunner
Father – Paul Gallantry

Director – Kelly Hugo


Home (A Loan Too) by Jonathan Skinner 

Ruth – Karolina Michalowicz
Barry – Andy Camichel

Director – Jordan Emmett


Mixed Reception by Emma Wyverne 

Newsreader – Jane Gibson
Gardener – Terry McKay
Cookery Host – Chris Moran
Vicar – Matt Stevens
Childcare expert – Lauren Gilbert

Director – Rowena Sterry