Pack of 3

The Marlborough Theatre Brighton again is the venue for my next thespy business on the 26th & 27th August. Pack of 3 will be three short plays. My Wrong and Betty the Spacegirl, plus Mark Gandey has an excellent idea for a pirate play, which is as yet unnamed.

As before the three actors will be Beth Symons, Mark Gandey and Callum McIntyre. I wrote Betty the Spacegirl specifically for these three, and it is great when you have pre-cast the roles, as you can hear the actors in your head saying their lines. Both Betty the Spacegirl and Wrong are comedies with dark hearts.

I am also planning a Christmas Play, and have already cast one of the lead roles. More news of this nearer the time.

A bite to eat

Here is one of my sketches from the first half of the Wrong show. Beth Symons and Mark Gandey are the Zombies. Callum McIntyre is the corpse.

Wrong at the Marlborough Theatre Brighton

After a two day trialling my play at the Marlborough theatre I am delighted with how things went. It has resulted in lots of positive outcomes. From my perspective there was confirmation that the play works and is funny. There was lots of laughter on both nights. This made me feel vindicated and happy.

Then there were the actors. Both are 19. Mark Gandey gave a powerhouse performance. I had often seen him in lead roles and was aware that he has a great stage presence was a massive asset. Beth Symons however was the biggest revelation. Whenever I have seen her act she has had to make do with fairly uninspiring roles. I had always suspected that she had real comedy talent, but I had my expectations greatly exceeded: she is fantastic. Her timing is impeccable and she has a physical comedic presence that can make people laugh with just a change of expression. You can’t teach that kind of thing, and everyone was full of praise for her afterwards, and I felt really pleased I had created a platform where she could shine.

Our first half was a collection of short sketches we used a piece written by Mark Gandey. This is his first performed piece as a writer, and it was done excellently by Callum. I think Mark has real potential as a writer, which is good news as he is off to study comedy writing in the new academic year.

I am a control freak when it comes to my artistic projects, but this time I let go and by trusting the young cast they felt an empowered ownership which produced excellent results. Perhaps even better, the theatre manager talked to me afterwards about putting more work on there. So watch this space. Learnings all round then, and a real confidence boost for me.

Below: the programme.

‘Wrong’ at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton 1st & 3rd March

Have finalised dates for these evenings at the Marlborough. Betty and Mark, with their pal Callum doing ‘Wrong’, which is my short farce involving a corpse, plus another wee piece I wrote recently called ‘A bite to eat’ which is mainly to do with zombies. Mark is writing some material too and it should be a feast of black comedy.

Tickets available here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154027