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The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016/2017

The Bread and Roses Black Eye ClubThe Bread & Roses Theatre announces The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles as the winner of their first Playwriting Award. The winning play will receive its premiere production at the South London based theatre this November, directed by Artistic Director Tessa Hart.

Grown out of their Playwriting Competition first run in 2015, the award was open for submissions last summer/autumn and called for full length plays with at least 50% material that are female, non-binary or gender-neutral roles, from UK based playwrights. Over 450 submissions were judged anonymously throughout three readings rounds.

Runner-ups of the award are Little Did I Know by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield which will receive a showcase production in February 2018, directed by the theatre’s artistic associate Roman Berry, and The Buzz by Lydia Rynne which will be further workshopped this December, with the aim of a production in May 2018.

Further details on the productions will be announced in due course. The Bread & Roses Theatre would also like to thank their numerous readers for their dedication and feedback, as well as Lazy Bee Scripts for their support of the award. Submissions for the next Bread & Roses Playwriting Award will open in 2018. Details on the upcoming productions and the award can be found at www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk

We were impressed with the submissions received for our first playwriting award and are taking more plays forward into production and development than originally planned as a result. We are gearing up for our third anniversary this November and are looking forward to continue expanding our work on new plays and in-house productions.’ – Tessa Hart (Artistic Director)

The Black Eye Club by Phil Charles, directed by Tessa Hart
Tue to Sat at. 7.30pm, 1st to 18th November 2017
When a gay man fleeing an abusive partner is turned away from a women-only refuge, one of the residents sneaks him into her room. But will they be able to keep him hidden from the eagle-eyed security guard? And will they be able to instill enough confidence in each other to be given the strength to leave their violent partners for good? A black comedy. www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/black-eye-club

Little Did I Know by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield, directed by Roman Berry
Tue 6th to Sat 10th February 2018 at 7.30pm
Told from Yarl’s Wood Detention and Removal Centre (for Women Asylum Seekers) in England, Aaneseh recounts her horrendous and sometimes amusing journey as a teen refugee, pretending to be a boy, and all those she meets along her journey from Syria to England. Her wise old grandmother’s Syrian folktales and insights have set Aaneseh on this challenging road to possible freedom, independence from male ownership, eventual safety- although the road she travels is anything but safe – and, ultimately, to a proud womanhood. Performed by a solo actress.

The Buzz by Lydia Rynne
Rehearsed reading Saturday 16th December 2017, production in May 2018
Kyla was once a TV personality. Now she is the dress hanging on the arm of her celebrity popstar boyfriend. But when her anti-establishment, squatter brother pays her a surprise visit on the night of the biggest music award ceremony of the year, she is forced to question the life, and lie, she’s been living. The Buzz is about the seduction of fame, overnight celebrity culture and the injustices we disregard in favour of one’s own success.

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