19/12/2019 - 19/12/2019
By Paul Hunt, Laura Inkpen and Ella MaxwellTickets
Mariah Carey, frantic shopping and quality time with estranged relations getting you down? Why not join us for a night of new writing that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas?
Here at SEEN we’re doing something a little different for December... The Other Room recently announced the new team of PURSUIT WRITERS; a development programme for three playwrights who have submitted to previous SEENs.
By the end of their time at TOR, they will have developed a brand-new-play.
SEEN: Pursuit is the first outing of that play…
Come celebrate their achievement and have your say on the 3 brand-new-plays in the making at this months SEEN.
As always, SEEN will be three 10-minute script-in-hand performances which all respond to a particular theme, followed by a post-scratch Q&A/discussion between writers and the audience.
Because Christmas is a time for family, this month the pieces will be directed by the TOR Team. Normal service will be resumed in the New Year, where actors, directors and writers are welcome to apply!
About the writers:
Laura is a graduate of Warwick University with a BA and Masters in English and American Literature. She has had poetry previously published in Anchor Books and Triumph House anthologies.
After being forced to give up the goal of a Literary PhD/ writing career when her Crohn’s Disease resurfaced at the end of her degree, she unfortunately had to put her creative dreams on hold for...well let's say a good long while. But now that the disease is currently in remission, over the last eighteen months, that old familiar itch has come back with a vengeance and she has found herself slowly being drawn back to her first love (… as in storytelling. No naming of actual names, people from primary school could still read this). As a result, she is proud to have had a recent poem included both in a US periodical and performed on stage at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. She has also had a couple of short film scripts shortlisted in the ScreenCraft Short Film competition and It’s My Shout shorts scheme.
Paul is a storyteller who has supported and recorded around 80 oral history recordings with people with a learning disability, their parents or carers. He has built and designed 8 museum exhibitions based on oral testimony about the history of institutionalisation for people with a learning disability. In 2018 he directed the short documentary 'A Hidden Portrait' for BBC2 Wales about these stories. Paul has also co-written a number of Web series including the Raindance Film Festival selected Cynic and written 47 a short film produced in conjunction with HiJinx Theatre. Agents of L*O*V*C*R*A*F*T a live sitcom was co-written with Mat Troy and featured at the Edinburgh Festival Sitcom Trials Grand Final in 2016. Paul has also been lucky enough to be part of the CBBC New Voices Initiative and the BAFTA Rocliffe Forum for Children's writing. Paul is new to the theatre as a writer and audience member and is looking forward to learning all he can from the team at The Other Room, and from the process of writing his first play for the Pursuit Programme.
Ella is a theatre maker, performer and aspiring Come Dine with Me contestant from Cardiff. Ella first started writing at the age of 8, when she wrote a one woman play about the struggles of being a cheeseburger. After a lengthy hiatus, in 2018 she wrote a one woman show called ‘A Christmas Carole’. She has just graduated with a Masters in Drama from the University of South Wales where she wrote and performed in an autobiographical one woman show called ‘MOLE’. She aims to write plays with more than one woman in it from now on. She wants to write politically charged plays that challenge perceptions of form and structure, whilst also being incredibly silly and chaotic. Ella has had her work performed at SEEN twice before but is most proud of her submission to SEEN: Bittersweet, where she submitted ‘A Christmas Carole’. It’s her favourite for a number of reasons but mostly because she’s so glad she plucked up the courage to submit something in the first place.
When she isn’t watching Come Dine with Me she is sat in complete silence.
This Christmas The Other Room are taking a big lunge leftwards. Following on from 9 weeks of dark and dangerous modern drama, The Other Room are delighted to present a frenzy of festive fringe; Christmas Selection Box.From rehearsed readings to rehabilitated cats; from queer comedy to a very special SEEN. Christmas Selection Box cracks open form like the proverbial cracker, offering Cardiff an alternative advent programme. So take a left-step with us this December, join us for our Christmas Selection Box.
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