Plays are full of the write stuff

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE - RAINE JOHN­SON

ASPIR­ING writ­ers from across the lo­cal area came to­gether to show­case their work at this year’s WriteFest.

Held at Progress The­atre, in

Read­ing, from Septem­ber 6 to 9, the plays had a darker, more fan­tas­ti­cal feel to them for the fes­ti­val’s 12th year, with Zom­bies, an apoc­a­lypse, Pur­ga­tory, mur­der­ers and fairies fea­tur­ing heav­ily.

The first play, A Lit­tle Nib­ble writ­ten by John R Good­man and di­rected by Sarah Pearce, com­bined the every­day sit­u­a­tion of speak­ing to some­one with vastly dif­fer­ing view­points from your own with some­thing a lot more sin­is­ter. Beckie Moir who played Caro­line, a well-mean­ing nurse and voice of rea­son, did a won­der­ful job of con­vey­ing feel­ings and thoughts through her fa­cial ex­pres­sions and her in­ter­ac­tions with Theresa, played by Jane Hard­cas­tle, work very well.

Pen, by Ian Petrie and di­rected by Jake Wil­lett and Ali Car­roll, takes a look at the mod­ern world through the eyes of a woman who saw its demise.

Anna tells a young girl, Hope, about the mod­ern world in­ter­twined with mem­o­ries of both her re­la­tion­ship with her grand­fa­ther and his re­la­tion­ship with his love, Vera.

The Last Bus, writ­ten by Ali­son

Hill and di­rected by Matthew Beswick, is set in Pur­ga­tory as it’s be­ing closed down.

The Last Bus fol­lows a couple pre­par­ing to catch their bus which would take them to their judge­ment, com­bin­ing the every­day with the fan­tas­ti­cal and the bor­ing with the il­licit.

If It Be Now, by Marie French and di­rected by Trevor Dale, is a thrilling and high-stakes play about just what it takes to be­come a killer, while Buried, by Matthew Beswick Ant Ap­pleby, was in­spired by Matthew’s ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in an art gallery.

Fairy Tails, by De­bra Evitts and di­rected by Penny Wen­ham, bridges the gap be­tween fan­tasy and re­al­ity, and goes to show that some­times fairy tales can re­flect the hu­man con­di­tion bet­ter than real events.

Show­cas­ing the tal­ent of lo­cal writ­ers, di­rec­tors and per­form­ers, WriteFest is a must for any aspir­ing show-maker. For de­tails on how to get in­volved in next year’s fes­ti­val visit http://pro­gressthe­atre.co.uk.

The 12th an­nual WriteFest was held at Progress The­atre ear­lier this month

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