Fresh from July’s sell out debut Short Cuts, Sibling Productions are back with Short Cuts 2 short play festival, at Tristan Bates Theatre on Saturday 17th November and Monday 19th November 2012.
Short Cuts 2 features a trio of new blackly comic one act plays from three up and coming female writers: Eliza Power (Feathers, Aingeal), Lexy Howe (Sweatbox) and Marny Godden (The Grandees).
Sibling Productions is a London based Theatre and Film Company founded in 2010 by Adam Hipkin and Eliza Power.
Eliza’s background is as an actress and writer. She trained at RADA and has worked as a jobbing actress since in film tv and theatre. She formed Sibling Productions with another actor, Adam Hipkin, in 2010 and they produced Eliza’s debut play Feathers at The etcetera theatre for two sell-out runs, and a run at the Exeter fringe festival. This year they produced their first film Aingeal in Ireland with film company TEAfilms.
Showcased playwrights Lexy Howe and Marny Godden are also actresses and writers. Lexy Howe wrote Sweatbox which ran at the Tristan Bates during 2011 and Marny Godden is a comedian and founding member of comedy troupe The Grandees who have a cult following at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Eliza said ‘Earlier this year I decided I wanted to found a short play festival to showcase new writing, and got in touch with the Tristan Bates Theatre who were only too happy to help.’
She said that she is ‘primarily seeking female writers simply because there is such a dearth of women playwrights in general. Things are improving with recent high profile productions from Lucy Kirkwood, Polly Stenham, Ella Hickson and others but it always seems more of a novelty in the media when you read about female playwrights. I don’t think we are considered ‘the norm’ yet. I will of course seek good plays from male playwrights, but as a female I am more interested in seeking and promoting female driven work and plays that feature interesting and strong female characters. Not just relationship based melodramas!’
If anyone would like to submit plays for Short Cuts 3, which the team are preparing for March this year, then email ideas, questions and a synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.shortcutsfestival.co.uk