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Writers at Work - Blue Elephant Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITERS at Work – rehearsed readings by the writers and directors of tomorrow – takes place at the Blue Elephant Theatre during March 2008.

Closed Circuit – Wednesday, March 19.

Sara Pascoe’s Closed Circuit deals with the macrocosmic issues of city life through the microcosm of a Central London sex-shop. The story is told through theatrical naturalism and stylised montages, creating a sensory and thought-provoking reflection of the City and the lives we all inhabit. Katie Lewis directs.

Strange Land of Stars, a new play about a land not too different from our own – Thursday, March 20.

As a family celebrates, a stranger arrives at the door. Claiming to have a message, will he bring peace and goodwill or is he a dangerous threat waiting for the right moment to blow them apart? And in a nation obsessed with security, are they putting themselves at risk by letting the unknown in?

Emily Hunka’s Strange Land of Stars asks, when do a country’s laws stop protecting its citizens and start persecuting them?

Emma Hewitt directs a cast that includes Sian Breckin, Simon Carroll-Jones, Laura Glover, Alex Watson and Ben Wigzell.

The Dada Suicides – Wednesday, March 26.

Jacques Vaché, a friend of André Breton, acquired notoriety after he killed himself and a friend in Paris in 1919. Waking up on stage, he finds himself the unlikely subject for a play.

Afsaneh Gray’s The Dada Suicides explores the fragility of the psyche from a place where all physical being is lost and only consciousness remains. With a Dada twist. James Kermack directs.

Golden Lads and Lasses Must – Thursday, March 27.

In London in October 1998, Ted Hughes, the Poet Laureate, is dying of cancer. He slips in and out of consciousness, dreaming of Sylvia Plath, the one true love of his life, and the fateful weekend in 1963 when she committed suicide.

Golden Lads and Lasses Must is written by Peter Lindley and directed by Rebecca Tortora.

The Americans – Friday, March 28.

One young man sitting alone in his room writes a poem that in a moment of unexplainable magic causes his apartment to explode. In another part of town, another young man finds his windows blown in by the blast. Downtown a third steps out onto the street to find himself covered with white plaster.

With the identity of their hometown and of themselves under scrutiny, all three begin a search for the source of the disaster.

The Americans is being presented as part of Grey Light Productions’ series of contemporary American writing, in conjunction with the New York Metropolitan Playhouse. Writer Matthew Freeman was one of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year 2004.

The Americans can also be seen at Greenwich Playhouse (March 15 and 23) as part of American Voices, a series of readings and semi-staged productions designed to give British audiences the opportunity to engage with scripts never before presented outside the USA.
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