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Write Now 4 - Jack Studio Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN OCTOBER 2012, the Jack Studio Theatre asked writers with a connection to south east London to submit previously unperformed plays to the theatre.

The following three plays, chosen from these submissions, make up this year’s annual playwrighting festival, Write Now 4, which runs from May 4 to May 25, 2013.

Bump by Vinay Patel – May 7 and 9 at 8pm and May 11 at 5pm. (Reading)

It’s always gonna say Dartford on her birth certificate though. Can’t ever change that.

After ten years apart, Dan and Jayesh run into each other in the maternity ward of their hometown hospital. They share an anxious night as they wait for their partners to give birth. But as the old school friends reconnect, it becomes clear that the past they shared was not as straightforward as it seemed, and that they and their families face a very different future.

Bump is directed by Tanith Lindon.

The Magic Hour by Martin McNamara – May 8, 10 and 11 at 8pm. (Reading)

He loved a good funeral. He would go to the funerals of people he didn’t know. He used to rate them. Mostly it was about how generous they were with the drink and how much singing there was. He always said the English didn’t know how to die.

Dennis O’Neill has died, and his family gather at the hospital as the priest prays for his soul. Whilst two sons try to remember how to mourn the dead, an older generation evokes the remorse and sense of loss of unwilling migrants from an indifferent Ireland.

Directed by Mark Leipacher, The Magic Hour is a darkly comic family drama set in a waiting room of a London hospital in the 1990s.

No Rhyme by Melanie Pennant – Tuesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 25 at 8pm. Suitable for ages 14+. (Full production)

I wanna be little again…just us three playing on the estate and knocking on doors and running away…member. And picking up pennies and buying sweets and not even knowing about nothing else.

Nushka’s planning revenge, Pepper’s plans backfire and Jayde is nowhere to be seen. Katya hates her job, Lizzie can’t leave hers and a young girl hovers between life and death.

Enter a world where disrespect can mean more than a life, where being different makes you the target. No Rhyme, a raw new play about youth on youth crime and the struggle to find answers, is directed by Kate Bannister.

Tickets: Full Production £13, £10 concession; Readings £7 (all tickets) – available from the box office on 0844 8700 887 or online at

Patrick Hamilton’s Rope runs at the Jack Studio Theatre from April 9 to April 27, 2013.