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PLAYSTART: an Initiative to Support the Development of New Playwrights

Sid Sagar, Aisling Towl, Charles Entsie, Roberta Livingston - Monobox - Playstart. Photo by Helen Murray.
Sid Sagar, Aisling Towl, Charles Entsie, Roberta Livingston – Monobox – Playstart. Photo by Helen Murray.

The Mono Box announces PLAYSTART: on 28 November 2018. With patrons including Sir Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Kirby and Joseph Marcell.  VIP and general access tickets are now on sale.

Over the last 10 weeks, The Mono Box has curated and mentored 5 new playwrights, 5 directors and 16 actors, showing their commitment to support young theatre makers. Mentors include playwrights Tristan Bernays, Lisa Carroll, Arinze Kene, Hannah Khalil, Rory Mullarkey and director Ned Bennett.

Join The Mono Box for an evening sharing of these 5 short plays and help raise money for the continued personal, professional and social development of young artists. As PLAYSTART received over 700 applications for just 26 places, they need your help to support this pool of British talent.

THE PLAYS:

The Interview
By Graeme Brookes
Directed by Emma Baggott
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!

Papa
By Sid Sagar
Directed by Sam Hardie
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.

NSA
By Charles Entsie
Directed by Imogen Wyatt Corner
SA is about the conflict between doing what it takes to survive in the present, when also trying to secure something for your future.

LA MERDE
By Roberta Livingston
Directed by Fiona Kingwill
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.

Godfrey
By Aisling Towl
Directed by Roberta Zuric
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.

A playtext of the plays will be launched by Oberon at the event.

The evening is sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines and will present food from pOrX and The Indians Next Door Street Food. Expect live music and raffle with prizes including VIP access to Royal Academy, Curtain Call membership and designer gifts.

LISTINGS

DATE:
Wednesday 28th November

LOCATION:
The Biscuit Factory,
Block F Warehouse,
100 Clements Road,
SE16 4DG
(Nearest station: Bermondsey)

TIME:
Doors 6.30pm 7pm – 10pm
GENERAL ADMISSION: £12
VIP TICKETS: Includes drink reception, food and a gift. £50
To buy tickets:https://www.themonobox.co.uk/

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