Update: As always, this night went incredibly well. The turnout was the best we’ve had yet for one of our Rehearsed Reading Nights, and the feedback for all the writers was superb. On the advice and extremely positive feedback of the audience, the writers of Amateurs are now developing the idea as a full-length comedy stageplay. And Wayne Miller’s The Big Goodbye will receive its premiere at the Customs House in June 2016. All in all, a resounding success. Have a look at the slideshow below for some shots of the night.
Date: Thursday 4th February 2016
Venue: Upstairs at The Marine Pub, Ocean Road, South Shields
Doors: 7pm, for a 7.30pm start
Price: £5, on the door
Our hugely popular RRN is back!
The idea is to give new, up-and-coming writers a chance to hear their works-in-progress read aloud and performed by professional actors. The company will spend just one day reading through the script, discussing details with the director, and putting the whole performance ‘on its feet’ in order to produce a production which will be performed in front of an audience.
At the end of the performance the writer (and the actors and director) will hold a Q&A session, in which the audience can offer advice and criticism, ask questions, and give general feedback. The whole evening will be presented and curated by Paul Dunn and Vanessa Karon.
The pieces to be performed are:
No Rehearsal by Michael Brown
Directed by: James Barton
Cast: David Foster, Steven Stobbs, Rachel Swann, Stephen Sullivan, Dolores Poretta
Amateurs by Jamie McLeish, Andrew Kirkwood, and David Metcalf
Directed by: Neil Armstrong
Cast: James Barton, Stephen Sullivan, Andrew Dawson, David John Hopper, Adele Evitt, Natasha Haws
The Big Goodbye by Wayne Miller
Directed by: Wayne Miller
Cast: Craig Richardson, Luke Maddison
Verona by David Foster
Directed by: Dolores Poretta
Cast: Christopher Strain, Natasha Haws, Neil Armstrong, David John Hopper, Andrew Dawson, Steven Stobbs, Rachel Swann
Musical entertainment comes from brilliant local singer/songwriter Connor Woods.
Our alumni of previous writers is an impressive list… Jay Anotony Sykes went on to win a Gold Award in New York for his radio drama Seaburn. Wayne Miller‘s scripts The Big Time and The Big Hit both went on to have full scale productions at The Customs House after workshopping them at our RRN nights. Rachael Walsh produced her comedy The Morning After at the Pier Pavilion. David Foster is currently developing a number of scripts for various media.