A showcase of short plays by women playwrights
We launched She Writes, our occasionally regular night of new short plays by women in October 2011. Since then we have held an event every two or three months. The format is a script-in-hand performance, showcasing about 8-10 plays on a loose theme at each event. The night is programmed by Sam Hall and directed by Sarah Davies. The event is held at Whitstable’s Horsebridge Centre, and we are grateful for their support of this event. From October 2011 when the event was launched to date, we have showcased 48 short plays by 32 writers.
The plays and writers:
12 October 2011 – Theme: ‘A meal’
We invited submissions around the theme of a meal. We received so many excellent short plays that we decided to have two nights based around this theme! Plays and playwrights were: Starter by Tracy Harris / The Magic Ingredient by Sam Hall / Enjoy by Maggie Drury / Harriet is Hungry by Claire Booker / At The Restaurant by CS Flint / Chef’s Special by Lynne Taylor / The Fridge by Lucy Lucy / Bitter Chocolate by Sarah Davies
7 December 2011 – Theme: ‘A meal’
The second night of our food themed play menu. Plays and playwrights were: At the beginning by SM Jenkin / Late Starter by Julia Pascal / And so to the Main Course by C Shaw / Elephant by Natalie Savage / Dinner by Alison Farina / The Mary and Joseph Phenomena by Sarah Davies / Cupcakes by L Gooding / A sweet to finish by Valerie Cutko / Just Desserts by Sue Blakesley
21 March 2012 – Theme ‘International’
To coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March, we invited submissions to this showcase on an international theme. Plays and playwrights were: International by Maggie Drury / Sea monsters by Sam Hall / Sunny Side by Ziella Bryars / Under Trust by Hannah Rodger / Washington, Wisconsin, Wales, Wigan, Whitstable by Sarah Davies / Who do you think…? by Irina Fridman / Jet Set by L Gooding / Bad signal by S Jenkin / Rotten Fish by Carolina Ortega
20 June 2012 – Lucky Dip
We held an open submission and received many varied plays. Those selected were: Lost Property by Claire Booker / Risk assessment by Sarah Davies / Life after life by Sue Donaldson / Not at the allotment by Alice Gregg / Sexbomb (extract) by Lucy Kaufman / Fish n chips by Katharine Markwick / Crumble by Elinor Perry-Smith / Taste by Helen Shay
6 July 2012 – ‘Maid in Kent’, She Writes live at Lounge on the Farm
We took She Writes to Lounge on the Farm, where we showcased five plays by Kent authors which had been seen previously. Plays were: Bitter Chocolate by Sarah Davies / At the beginning by SM Jenkin / Enjoy by Maggie Drury / See monsters (remixed) by Sam Hall / Just Desserts by Sue Blakesley.
This show was repeated at the Horsebridge on 18 July 2012.
12 September 2012 – What is art?
As part of the Whitstable Biennale Satellite programme, we were pleased to present short plays on the theme of art. Plays: Joined at the Hip by Sally Whyte / Drawing A Blank by Sioned Jones / Graf by Sam Hall / My Bloody Laundrette by Deborah Klayman and Ali Kemp / The Arrangement by Maggie Drury / Pink Lady by Tracy Harris / Who Knows Art? by Karen Bartholomew
5 December 2012 - ’Passions’
Short plays on a passionate theme… Plays: Nigel the dark destroyer by Sarah Davies / Fish on a plate by Maggie Drury / The Star and the Painted Snipe by Sam Hall / Slainte by Sarah Jenkin / Cascade of baubles by Deborah Klayman and Ali Kemp / Such a nice girl by Melissa Keighley
You can see most of the plays on YouTube on the 17Percent channel.
For more information on She Writes – visit the website.