Little Pieces of Gold present
Little Pieces of Gold
Little Pieces of Gold is back for another new writing night on the 23 September 2018. They’ll be staging 8 brand new 10 minute plays picked from an open call out that always sees in excess of 400 submissions.
Little Pieces of Gold has staged the work of hundreds of emerging, established and award winning writers and collaborated with as many directors and even more performers. Productions garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents and facilitate long term creative collaborations.
‘An invaluable platform for up and coming writing talent.’ Spy in the Stalls.
‘Little Pieces of Gold is an event to add to the calendar.’ Once A Week Theatre.
‘Theatre can feel like a closed shop and without opportunities like Little Pieces of Gold I would never have found my way in.’ Milly Thomas, playwright.
‘Doing “Slingshot” at Little Pieces of Gold was a great experience for me. Not just an opportunity to try something different from my usual work, but to do so knowing that they would give me the time and care to make that experiment worthwhile’ Vinay Patel, playwright.
ESCAPE by Laura-Jayne Ayres, directed by Kevin Russell
Laura trained as an actor with the Northumberland Theatre Company and is writing their touring Christmas show for 2018/19, The Little Maid Who Danced To Every Mood, adapting Helena Nyblom’s children’s book of the same name. She is also co-writing Lucky Garcia with Quentin Beroud of Dippermouth Theatre, based on the life of flamenco dancer Felix Fernandez Garcia. Laura’s first short play Consolea was staged at Southwark Playhouse in February with Little Pieces of Gold, and she is delighted to return with Escape.
SCINTILLA by Rachel Causer, directed by Timothy Allsop
Rachel is a writer, actor and theatre-maker with a focus in creating work that challenges current socio-political constructs. Her work usually explores the media and the influence of technology in society, which she then examines using form. Rachel studied English and Drama at Royal Holloway before completing MAs in Theatre-Making at Queen Mary and Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has also recently completed Playwriting Foundations at The Arcola Theatre, led by Nic Connaughton. Her recent writing credits include RE(play) (Theatre N16), Stalemate (One of four staged at Flux Theatre’s Emerge – The Bunker Theatre), Before Things Happen: A Prologue (Rage Response -Southwark Playhouse), Lippy (Wandsworth and Brighton Fringe). Lippy was one of three shows shortlisted for the Best Newcomer Award at Brighton Fringe 2018. Rachel is also currently writing When It Happens, a surreal comedy, which is being produced at The Tristan Bates theatre as a part of the Maiden Speech Theatre Festival later this year.
MOTHERCARE by Fergus Church, directed by Laura Grace McCann
Fergus Church has written scripts for the London off-West End and fringe scene since graduating from the University of Exeter in 2017. His Rapid Write Response to Theatre503’s The Dark Room, called Like Matilda, led to a further commission by 503 for a second short play (Nightstand) to form part of a festival responding to the #metoo movement (The Words Are Coming Now). This was staged alongside plays by April de Angelis and Richard Bean. Nightstand was called “the most moving” piece of the night by The Guardian in their review. He has also had his writing staged at the Southwark Playhouse (Tapestry) as part of Full Disclosure Theatre’s XPOSED, Spotlight Studios (Back To Kansas), and The Water Rats (A Bit Of Fun), as well as, most recently, The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Theatre N16 and The King’s Head Theatre with Jackie.Two of his full-length plays, Littleness and The Forecast: A New Musical, were staged by theatre companies based in Exeter. For his poetry, he received a Creative Futures Literary Award for his poem Tadpoles, which was published in an anthology last October. His work explores LGBTQ+ themes and finding magic in the everyday.
DRESS DOWN FRIDAY by Lisa Craig, directed by Stephanie Silver
Lisa Craig has short fiction published online and in various anthologies under the name L.A. Craig. She previously received a New Fiction Bursary from the Northern Writers’ Awards for her children’s novel, Hosannas and Sleeping Bags. Her short story, Flour Baby, was performed as part of BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines series of programmes, and her first short play, Metal Sandwich, was performed at Live Theatre in Newcastle as part of their 10 Minutes To… project. Dress Down Friday is her second attempt at writing a play.
THE PALESTINIAN IN THE BASEMENT IS ON FIRE by Sami Ibrahim, directed by Aneesha Srinivasan
Sami’s most recent full-length play, Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her, had a run at VAULT Festival this year – after it was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award and published by Nick Hern Books. His most recent short play Two Palestinians Go Dogging was performed at Cuckoo Bang’s ‘BITS’ night at The White Bear, as well as Spark Haus’s ‘IGNITE’ scratch night. Before that, his piece Iron Dome Fog Dome was staged at The Yard during their last First Drafts season. He’s also worked at the Almeida as a Creative Board member, where he produced and was dramaturg on From the Ground Up. This was an immersive piece, set in Shoreditch Town Hall, which was created with a group of 16-25 year olds, and which transferred up to Edinburgh last summer. Other writing credits include Force of Trump, which had runs at Theatre N16, The Space and the Brockley Jack Theatre – where his short play, Carnivore, was also performed during the Write Now 7 Festival. He is currently a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers Alumni Group.
OF THINGS UNSAID by Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi, directed by Laura Kressly
Jasmin is a British-Iranian playwright originally from Yorkshire. She moved to the big smoke in 2012 and recently graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her plays are largely influenced by her interest in social issues and by her own unique upbringing as a mixed-race woman. Her first play ‘Hairdos and Headscarves’ was staged at the Bread and Roses Theatre in 2016 and told the story of three generations of Persian women. Jasmin’s most recent work was an aerial piece named ‘Between the Sun and the Sea’. It was a modern retelling of the myth of Icarus focusing on the refugee experience. Her main aim is to bring underrepresented voices into the limelight and to showcase the stories that are rarely heard.
THURSDAY by Joe Marsh, directed by Simon Paris
Joe Marsh is a Playwright on Attachment at the Finborough Theatre, where his second play “We Struggle” was staged last year as part of Vibrant 2017. His first play, “Black July”, was workshopped at Theatre 503, and his latest play, “The Glass Will Shatter” was recently longlisted for the Papatango prize. Short plays include “Safe Space” and “National Mourning”, produced as part of Theatre 503’s Rapid Write Response nights; “Mogg’s War” for Interscratch at the Old Red Lion Theatre; and “It Arrives As Your Friend” for Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company as part of Off the Block 2017. He is a member of the Finborough Writers Group and is a regular attendee of In Good Company’s workshops at Derby Theatre. He is also an actor and graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include Occupied (Theatre 503), The Merchant of Venice (GB Theatre), Aristo (Chichester Festival Theatre), Twelfth Night (Lord Chamberlain’s Men), Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Single Spies (Watermill Theatre). TV includes Silent Witness (BBC) and Above Suspicion (ITV), and film includes Convenience (Urban Way Productions). Joe is also a qualified teacher and is First Story Writer in Residence at Landau Forte College Derby. EXHIBIT A by
EXHIBIT A by Sarah Sigal, directed by Pricilla Lafayette
Originally from Chicago, Sarah Sigal is a writer, director, dramaturg and researcher working in new writing, physical theatre, devised work, site-specific performance, cabaret and interactive theatre. She has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Gettysburg College and an MA and PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. Writing credits include: Agent of Influence (Underbelly, 2016 & National Tour) World Enough and Time (Park Theatre, 2014), The Odyssey (The Albany, 2012), Alice’s Adventures in the New World (Old Red Lion, 2010 & National Tour) and Dogfight (Arcola, 2006, Edinburgh Festival, 2007). Directing credits include: MARGO (Assembly Rooms, 2018), CONTD/ ……
EAT Zagi (JW3, 2017), Eating for Victory (Tea House Theatre, 2015), The Cold Clear Elsewhere (Edinburgh Festival, 2014), The Spies Came in from the Cold (Pushkin House, 2014), Secret Soviet Dinner (Exmouth Market, 2013), Caligula (Union Theatre, 2007). She is a freelance researcher and has taught at Queen Mary, Goldsmiths College, Kingston University and Canterbury Christ Church University. Her book Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is the Live Performance Programmer at JW3 and is a co-founder of the Change of Art Festival.