17th Annual Writefest

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27-30 September

It's back! Our popular evening of six new short plays by local writers: drama, murder, comedy both dark and light. A dramatic sampler of varied entertainment, showcasing the many talents of Progress Theatre.

The Saturday matinée is a relaxed performance, with reduced capacity.

Past event

The final running order may differ from the below.

WAR GAMES  by Liz Carroll, directed by Matthew Whitney

Two evacuees meet at the same place every day to play. Their games start out fun but soon the reality of the war and their lives creep in.

  • Tom: Laurence McNaughton
  • Emily: Pixie Nash

THE EXECUTION CHAMBER  by Arthur Burke, directed by Tom Ripper

The Execution Chamber is a situation comedy in which a mock Execution becomes a real one, until a revelation that all is not as it seems.

  • Priest: Paul Gallantry
  • Man: Neil Padgen
  • Executioner: Flora Paulo
  • Doctor: Emma Kellow

THE DEBT by Liz Carroll, directed by Aidan Moran

Brenda believes her husband has been murdered, but the police think otherwise; a dark and funny play about revenge and justice.

  • Brenda Sharpe: Ali Carroll
  • PC Wainwright: Pixie Nash

LUMP by Melanie Roan, directed by Ali Howarth

An unlikely comedy where 'a woman engages in witty banter with her talking cancerous breast, navigating treatment and social perceptions'

  • Woman: Emily Browne
  • Lump: Paul Gittus
  • GP, Nurse and other roles: Declan Gray and Juliet England

Scotty by Phillip Mannion, directed by Ali Carroll

A tale told in verse of love found and lost
Of hungry actors who can’t pay the cost
Deception, revenge, wit and more
A perceptive Waitress knows the score
An elusive character by the name of Scot
And that’s the outline of the plot!

  • Fancy: Freddie Meader
  • Kit: Paul Gallantry
  • Waitress: Donna Collins

PIE  by Adam Wells, directed by Imogen Lilley

A satirical dark comedy set in the kitchen of Titus Andronicus. An uptight Chef and nervous Steward team up to bake the sons of the enemy into a pie, whilst contemplating the ethics and experience of working in hospitality.

  • Chef: Damien Passmore
  • Steward: Imogen Haley
  • Sommelier: Juliet England

Content Warning: Lump deals with cancer. If you are concerned it may be upsetting, you can sit this play out and return to the auditorium for the rest of the programme.

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