Little Pieces of Gold present
Little Pieces of Gold
Little Pieces of Gold are delighted to be back for their first show of 2018. They’ll be presenting 8 new short plays picked from an open submission that always receives almost 400 scripts. The theme is open but Little Pieces of Gold have an industry reputation for producing diverse, entertaining, bold new writing that really packs a punch.
Established in 2010, thousands of writers have submitted their work to Little Pieces of Gold and their shows garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents and facilitate long term creative collaborations.
‘An important evening in London’s theatrical calendar … long may it reign’ – Spy in the Stalls
‘The Little Pieces of Gold platform allows playwrights, directors and actors to explore and experiment with ideas before an open, accepting and supportive audience.’ – Scatter of Opinion
“DO YOU PRAY?” written by Yasmin Joseph, directed by Rebekah Murrell
Yasmin is one of Theatre503’s resident playwrights, the 503Five. She took part in the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab, where she developed her first play ‘Pinch’ which was later considered for the Alfred Fagon ‘Best New Play 2015’ Award. In 2014 Yasmin taught drama in rural South Africa with UK arts charity Dramatic Need and has since gone on to work for the New York Theatre Workshop and The Unicorn.
“WHATEVER IT MIGHT MEAN” written by Drew Hewitt, directed by Charlotte Vickers
Drew is a screenwriter, playwright and artist. His feature film scripts have been optioned by numerous independent film companies and his TV screenplays have been optioned by BBC and commissioned by ITV Studios. His 2017 TV series Swipe Right was recently optioned by Retort, the Fremantle Media label specialising in scripted comedy. Drew wrote his first stage play Another Greenland in 2015. It was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, shortlisted for the Papatango New Writing Award and earned him a place as Open Session Writer at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. His play Credo received readings at the Bush theatre. Other plays include Bow, You Idiot (2016) and Revolver (2017). He was longlisted for the 2016 Old Vic 12 Playwrights Prize. His play Another Greenland is currently being prepared for production in collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic with Christopher Eccleston in the lead. Drew is also a practising visual artist. His paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited widely in the UK and he has work in private collections in the UK, Europe and US. His paintings and drawings have been reproduced on numerous book covers in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and US. Drew is also a part-time lecturer in Art & Design and Art History.
“SWIPE” written by Grace Carroll, directed by Jodi E. Burgess
Grace Carroll is a writer based and brought up in London. She graduated from an MA in Screenwriting in 2016. She likes to write stories about female friendships, often comedic but occasionally she writes straight drama. She has had work performed at Bunker Theatre and “Herstory: Feminist Theatre Festival.” She is currently working on the second draft of a full-length play about women and porn, as well as a television pilot about a failing music venue.
“CONSOLEA” written by Laura Jayne Ayres, directed by Lydia Parker
Laura trained as an actor with the Northumberland Theatre Company and is currently writing their 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. Consolea is Laura’s first short play.
“NOW YOU DON’T” written by Alice Allemano, directed by Sharon Willems
Alice originally trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and worked as an actor and a producer before turning to writing. In the past two years she has been building her writing portfolio and so far has had her work performed at the Bunker Theatre with the Verve Collective, and at a strip club in Bethnal Green as a part of SLAMINUTES. She is thrilled to be taking part in Little Pieces of Gold at the Southwark Playhouse and she is looking forward to November 2018 and the premiere of her first full-length play, About Leo, at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
“THE DRESS” written by Rachel Tookey, directed by James Ronan
Rachel Tookey is a writer, whose work presented in venues such as Southwark Playhouse, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Etcetera Theatre, and New York’s The Kraine Theater. She was awarded the Methuen/Marlowe Society ‘Other Prize’ for her play Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem, and the Footlights’ Harry Porter Prize for her play Judge Judy’s Buzz World, for which she also received an Arts Council grant to transfer it to the Camden Fringe. She was recently commissioned by the Roundhouse to make her first foray into screenwriting with her short film BLUR.
“FIRST TIME” written by Zoe Mace, directed by Anthony Houghton
Zoë has recently completed an MA in Text and Performance at RADA and Birkbeck following a Music degree at King’s College London, where she specialised as an operatic singer at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a keen songwriter and composer, which led to her experimenting with scriptwriting at RADA, receiving a distinction mark for her dissertation production, ‘Ups and Down’s’, a play about having a family member with Down’s Syndrome, which Zoë wrote, directed, and performed in. During her time at RADA, Zoë wrote collaboratively with her peers on several projects, including a piece about the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, ‘Night of Our Lives’. Zoë is now writing a book of monologues from the perspective of young women in the 21st century as well as a sit-com, ‘Sandwiches’, based on the summer job in a sandwich kitchen that she had for four years.
“THE PETAL & THE ORCHID” written by Gabrielle Curtis & Clare Langford, directed by Brigitte Adela
Whilst training as an actress at Drama Centre London, Gabrielle worked in tandem with those on the Writing and Directing sister pathways of the course in order to develop new
pieces of writing and devised productions for both stage and screen. She also worked
independently as a writer as part of the school’s renowned Movement Psychology
programme. Gabrielle made her professional writing debut in April 2016, writing Bonus of Contention, The Artistically Protected Right to Over-React and A Meaningful (Albeit Brief) Encounter for the UNDEREXPOSED festival at The Old Red Lion Theatre in London’s Islington with reviews
praising her ‘scalpel sharp dialogue’. Most recently, Gabrielle’s play After was included as part of a The Millenials at The Southwark Playhouse in December of last year. She’s thrilled to be returning to the Southwark now for Little Pieces of Gold with The Petal and The Orchid marking herself and Clare’s first enterprise as a writing partnership.
Clare Langford is an actress and writer from Ireland. She began penning original scripts and adapting screenplays for stage for her University Drama Society. During her time on the Acting Pathway at Drama Centre London, Clare collaborated with the writing pathway, and developed two short films under the guidance of renowned novelist and TV writer- Isabelle Grey. These were screened at the Curzon and the Ritzy as part of the DCL graduation showcase. Outside of this, she was commissioned to write and direct a short film for Refugee Awareness Week. She also written and produced short films for the festival circuit and devised theatre pieces for the European City of Culture Limerick Festival, The Waterloo Vaults Festival Romanian Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Toronto Fringe Festival. ‘The Petal & The Orchid’ is her first writing venture with Gabrielle and she is delighted to have it selected for Little Pieces of Gold.