PLAYSTART

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AN INITIATIVE BY THE MONO BOX TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PLAYWRIGHTS

Photography: Helen Murray

An evening of 5 new short plays developed and supported by The Mono Box. Over 350 people came to support The Mono Box's future in the personal, professional and social development of emerging artists. 

 This year, PLAYSTART received over 700 applications, for just 26 places.

We need your help to keep supporting this pool of talent!

Your live music was:

Jake Parris and the Marine Island Band

Food Stalls were:

Mr Falafel

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Sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Sipsmith Gin

The book of the 5 plays PLAYSTART: 5 plays of new voice was launched at the event. You can buy your copy by clicking here: 

You can download a programme of the night here:

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T H E  T E A M S 

THE INTERVIEW

by Graeme Brookes 

directed by Emma Baggott

Cast includes: Mariah Louca, Benjamin Salmon,

Phoebe Naughton and Anna Ash Mackay

A panel of three interviewers are meeting with one of many applicants to see if they're 'working class enough' to obtain support from their elite organisation. In trying to offer their support, the expert panel slowly lose control with their own reality. What starts with honest intentions turns into a grotesque grilling.THE INTERVIEW is an absurd comedy written with a biting political edge that will make you laugh, wince, cringe and scream! 

 

GRAEME BROOKS 

Writer 

 

Graeme is an Actor & Writer. He has been acting for over 13 years, performing with the RSC, on Broadway and toured Europe and the UK many times.  As a writer, Graeme wrote the short film 'OneinFive' (2015), this won many awards at the BAFTA qualifying: KinoFilm festival and shortlisted at many others including Palm Springs International Film Festival.

 

EMMA BAGGOTT 

Director

Emma is a theatre director and teacher. She trained at Goldsmiths College and at the Young Vic. She has worked in both the subsidised and commercial sectors; directing her own work and acting as assistant and associate director. Emma’s work reflects current discourse it is her aim to make work which leaves the audiences changed, altered in some way. She believes she has a responsibility to contribute to the world she inhabits and address the state of society she occupies. Emma makes work that is exciting, timely, and politically engaging. Emma is a visiting lecturer at University of Kent, Goldsmiths College, Arts Ed, West End Workshops, Theatre Academy London (Florida State University). Emma taught and directed at The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology for five years. Emma has worked extensively with young people, vulnerable adults and marginalised groups. 

 

PAPA 

by Sid Sagar 

directed by Sam Hardie 

Cast includes: Sofia Cala and Bhasker Patel 

 

PAPA explores the troubled relationship between a father and a daughter. It questions notions of parenting, failure and masculinity, and asks whether we can ever truly overcome our past mistakes. 

SID SAGAR 

Writer 

Sid is an actor and writer. He has written short plays for Tamasha, Little Pieces of Gold at the Southwark Playhouse, and Rapid Write Response at Theatre503. He will be appearing in the stage adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth at the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle) from October 26th to December 22nd.

 

 

SAM HARDIE

Director 

Sam Hardie is an actor and theatre maker. She is as an Associate Artist at the National Youth Theatre, co founder of theatre company Mad Like Roar and core member of physical theatre company The PappyShow. Sam has collaborated and made work with The National Theatre of Scotland, Inspector Sands, The PappyShow, Clean Break and the National Youth Theatre. 

 

NSA

by Charles Entsie 

directed by Imogen Wyatt Corner 

Cast includes: Aaron Cyrus Ward and Martin Edwards 

NSA is about the conflict between doing what it takes to survive in the present, when also trying to secure something for your future.

CHARLES ENTSIE

Writer 

Charles is an Actor/Writer. He most recently appeared at The Bunker Theatre apart of The Wo Lab Actor-Writer Showcase where he performed his piece “Bossman”. 

 

IMOGEN WYATT CORNER

Director 

Directing includes Walk Swiftly and With Purpose (Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe, Drayton Arms), Our Lemon Sherbet Sky (Arcola Theatre- New writing festival), Bothy (The Space), Flux (From the Forest Festival), Edgar and Annabel (Bedlam Theatre) and Happy Yet? (International Theatre, Frankfurt, The Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe). 

 

 

LA MERDE

by Roberta Livingston 

directed by Fiona Kingwill 

Cast includes: Laura Joy Pieters, Modupe Salu, Alex Marlow and Gabrielle Macpherson 

La Merde follows the journey of Chrissy, a black student who is obsessed with make-up. She aspires to be as successful as her idol Allegra Aldridge, a YouTube beauty sensation. But as she delves into the growing beast that is the YouTube world she soon discovers the cracks that are hidden within it.

ROBERTA LIVINGSTON

Writer 

 

Roberta Livingston is an actor and writer from East London. Graduating last year, she  trained as an actor in London & New York. She was introduced to playwriting during her time at The New School for Drama in Manhattan. She then went onto co-write Bite Your Tongue for Talawa last year & was recently appearing in Nadia Fall’s The Village at Stratford East. .

 

FIONA KINGWILL

Director 

 

Fiona co-founded The Minerva Collective, of which she is Co-Artistic Director, The Minerva Collective strives to provoke social change through work for and about young women. With Minerva Fiona has directed Waking Beauty at the Dublin International Gay Theatre festival and The Ovalhouse in London, FOODIE at The Hope Theatre and Sacrament at Theatre Upstairs (Dublin) and The Bunker. Fiona’s work as a freelance director has seen her collaborate with Theatre503 (In Motion) VAULT Festival (Madame Bovary’s Communist After-Party) The Arcola (World Without Work as part of Dare to Dream) as well as assisting Actors’ of Dionysus on their UK tour of Antigone. Fiona graduated from the University of York with First Class Honours in Writing, Directing and Performance.

 

GODFREY

by Aisling Towl 

directed by Roberta Zuric 

Cast includes: Lauren La Rocque, Harriet Leitch and Sammy Attalah 

GODFREY is a short play set in an 'up and coming'/ gentrified  South London restaurant. It follows four people; Simone, Jason, Carys and Godfrey, through one working day, honing in on the kind of seemingly mundane conversations that expose the parts of ourselves we try desperately to hide. 

AISLING TOWL

Writer 

Aisling Towl is a writer and actor from London. She trained at The BRIT School and Mountview and is currently studying History at Goldsmiths. As a poet she has performed across London and the UK, at venues such as Lyric Hammersmith, Roundhouse and Brainchild. Godfrey is her first play. 
 

 

ROBERTA ZURIC 

Director 

Roberta Zuric is a freelance director and an experienced facilitator. Alongside working on new writing, she frequently works with Incognito Theatre, Librarian Theatre and Door Ajar Theatre.
 

 

T H E  A C T O R S 

Sammy Attalah
Anna Ash Mackay
Sofia Cala
Aaron Cyrus-Ward
Martin Edwards
Lauren La Rocque
Harriet Leitch
Mariah Louca
Gabrielle MacPherson
Alex Marlow
Phoebe Naughton
Bhasker Patel
Laura Joy Pieters
Benjamin Salmon
Modupe Salu

T H E  M E N T O R S

PLAYWRIGHT MENTORS: 

Tristan Bernays

Lisa Carroll 

Hannah Khalil

Arinze Kene

Rory Mullarkey 

and Pippa Hill, Literary Manager at RSC 

DIRECTOR MENTORS:

Zoe Ford Burnett 

Andy Whyment 

With thanks to: 

Helena Clark at Casarotto 

Nic Wass at RSC 

Ingrid Mackinnon at MoveSpace 

Ned Bennett

David Edgar 

Photography: Helen Murray 

Produced by ALISON HOLDER for The Mono Box