An evening of new plays on the post Christmas blues
Saturday January 21st at the
Orchard Café, West Ealing. W13 0EP
Do you enjoy discussing the plays once you have seen them? Yes? Then why not come along to our first ‘New Writing Night’ where we will be holding staged readings of some brand new short plays to reflect this time of year.
Playwrights will be on hand to join in the post-performance discussion. Food and drink available.
Acting Up by Maureen Alcorn
A new year and a new term has begun and the O’Donnell sisters have a few urgent matters to sort out. While Geraldine battles with threats of OFSTED and tormenting teenagers, her sister Caitlin battles with casting directors and a faltering career as an actress. Decisions have to be made.
Guardians of Dawn by Faik Luta
It is mid-January and minicab controller Robbie O’Toole is back at the office for his first nightshift since his wife Mary’s stroke on Christmas Day. How will he and fellow minicab controller Kristina cope on this busiest of nights?
One Man’s Junk by Anne Curtis
Personal home organiser Darlene’s New Year’s resolution is to help the elderly de-clutter their homes. Passionately believing that a tidy home aids a tidy mind, how will she fare when she tries to help 75 year old Nancy?
The Reunion by Gemma Mills McGrath
Twenty five years ago Janey left Eddie standing at the altar in Dublin. 25 years late she’s flown in from the States and needs to see him – but can he bear to meet her, confront the past, to find out what really happened?
Sweet Shop by Lorraine Mullaney
As St Valentine’s Day approaches two lonely flatmates look for love online. Will he find Ms Right on TastetheExotic.com? Will she find Mr Right in the fetish club?
Jasmin Gleeson (Acting Up and compere) | Multi -talented actress Jasmin trained in Dublin. She has been working professionally in the industry for 3 years in various mediums including short films, voice over and YouTube sketches. She also writes her own sketches and plays.
Jacqueline Johnson (Reunion and Sweetshop) | Jacqui has been working in the entertainment industry for many years, she has had a variety of roles in TV, film and theatre where she has worked both as an actor and dancer as well as taking part in corporate events.
Roisin Monaghan (Reunion and One Man’s Junk) | A recent mature entrant to the profession, Roisin having trained in New York where she began her acting career. She has been a regular on the London Fringe since she arrived for the past two years. She has acted in a variety of roles including Diana Hamilton Guggenheim (I’ll Tell Me Ma) to critical acclaim.
Jimmy O’Rourke (Guardians of the Dawn) | Versatile character actor Jimmy has many skills to his bow. As well as having performed on the London Fringe for many years delivering noteworthy performances including Brendan Behan (On Raglan Road). Jimmy who has background in stand-up comedy and improvisation has also worked as a performance poet.
Joan Plunkett (One Man’s Junk) | Ten years ago, after a varied career that included teaching and choreographing dance pieces, Joan decided to concentrate on acting. Recent theatre credits include: “ The House of Atreus” , “O Crewel World”, “The 9:21 to Shrub Hill”,” Games [For Two]” , “The Lower Depths”, “As You Like It” (Barons Court Theatre) and Taken in Marriage (Waterloo East Theatre).
Kathleen Ryan (Acting Up) | Kathleen has been acting since she was 18, initially in her native Ireland where she played a variety in roles in classic and contemporary plays. Recent performances on the London Fringe include: (Richard II, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Picture of Dorian Grey, The Cherry Orchard and We Macbet
Teuti Skenderi (Guardians of the Dawn) | Teuta Skenderi was born in Kosovo and moved to London in 1993. She studied acting at The Central School of Speech and Drama and at London Met University. Since then she has appeared on stage in London (‘Naked Ambition’) and Edinburgh (“Eternity”) as well as in her native Prizen. Her radio appearances include “Aventurat e Cufos dhe Bubit Kacurel” for the BBC World Service and “What is She Doing Here” for BBC’s Woman’s Hour. She has also been in a short film.
Aonghus Weber (Reunion and Sweetshop) | Aonghus from Dublin has worked extensively in TV and film. In Ireland, he was a founding cast member of TG4’s long running soap opera ‘Ros na Rún’ and a cast member of RTE’s television drama series ‘Glenroe’ and Irish language TV drama ‘1916 Seachtar Anaithnid’. Theatre includes ‘We Are Not Here’ (Dublin Theatre Festival), ‘Juno and the Paycock’ (Glasgow Citizens Theatre,) ‘Playboy of the Western World’, (Arches Glasgow), ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (Union Theatre) and ‘Execution of Justice’. (Southwark Playhouse).