PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
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:
Sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines
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:
T H E T E A M S
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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
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).
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 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 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.
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 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 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
T H E M E N T O R S
and Pippa Hill, Literary Manager at RSC
Zoe Ford Burnett
With thanks to:
Helena Clark at Casarotto
Nic Wass at RSC
Ingrid Mackinnon at MoveSpace
Photography: Helen Murray
Produced by ALISON HOLDER for The Mono Box