Little Pieces of Gold presents
Little Pieces of Gold
Little Pieces of Gold is back for another new writing night this summer. They’ll be staging 8 brand new 10 minute plays picked from an open call out that always sees in excess of 400 submissions. LPOG has a reputation for sell-out shows that “allow playwrights, directors and actors to explore and experiment with ideas before an open, accepting and supportive audience.’ (Scatter of Opinion).
Little Pieces of Gold has staged the work of hundreds of emerging, established and award winning writers, collaborated with as many directors and even more performers at leading London venues. Productions garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents and facilitate long term creative collaborations.
For more information about Little Pieces of Gold: www.littlepiecesofgold.co.uk
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Retinas by Luke Stapleton, direction Rebecca Rayne
It’s the staring that does it… They don’t prepare you for that. Wedges, seizures, German knock-offs and fat Terrence’s retinas. Now they’re trying to say if Rosie doesn’t ‘cooperate’ they’ll take him away from her? Well that’s not happening.
Luke is a writer and BAFTA scholar from The Wirral whose short plays have been produced by Culture Clash Theatre, Mad Apple Collective and Redgates Theatre. He lives in London, works in TV development and is currently writing his first full-length play.
Coconut Diaries by Stella Ajayi, direction Annie Mwampulo
Coconut Diaries explores the relationship between three young black people at university, as they each come to terms with the harsh realities of internalised racism.
Stella is an emerging comedy writer and stand-up comedian based in London. Her writing experience extends to stage plays, TV, Radio and podcasts. She is currently the administrative and producing assistant at Tamasha Theatre company, which celebrates and champions a cohort of diverse artists.
Confidence/Supply by Felix O Brien, direction James Ronan
“It’s amazing. They look like wee adults but they’re still just wee kids.” Frank, funny and politically relevant, Confidence/Supply interrogates our attitudes to faith, sex and education, and demonstrates how far we’re willing to go to protect our families – sometimes literally.
Felix is a writer and actor based in Scotland. He has attended invitational writers’ groups at the Royal Court and Theatre503, and is currently a member of the Soho Theatre’s Young Company. His plays have been seen at the Southwark Playhouse, The Finborough, The Bunker, Theatre503, The Old Red Lion, The Cockpit and the Charing Cross Theatre, among others. In 2017, he was shortlisted for both 4’s 4Screenwriting attachment programme and HighTide’s First Commissions.
A Really Good Story written & directed by Lydia Parker
Married mother of two Greta feels torn about having an affair with twenty-something poet Ben, but when he makes a surprise discovery it puts a new spin on their relationship.
Lydia Parker has written two full length plays, Gringo and American Dream which were produced at the Union Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio. Her ten minute play A Better Pronoun has been produced by Little Pieces of Gold and Sheer Heights Theatre. With her writing partner Maureen Oakeley, Lydia has written many sketches for their comedy shows at the Hen and Chickens, Canal Café, Hard Rock Café and Edinburgh Festival as well as a live sitcom, All I Need is a Fuck Buddy. They have also written for several comedy sketch shows on BBC Radio 4. Lydia is also a theatre director who has worked at the Finborough, Theatre503, Brockley Jack Studio and Old Red Lion and has directed many short plays for Little Pieces of Gold. She is artistic director of Over Here Theatre Company.
Sharks are Terrorists by Tamara von Werthern, direction Anna Marsland
‘You are such a bleeding-heart liberal. Sharks are terrorists. Get with the programme” With the entire world at war, where will it be safe to hide? And with whom? A pitch-black comedy about war, love, loyalty and shark vigilante groups.
Tamara is a playwright and producer. As a playwright, her work includes The White Bike (The Space, London, 2017, director Lily McLeish) and the short plays Baby Dolls (Hackney Attic, 2015) and The Village Church, all three published by Nick Hern Books. Her work has also been shown at the Royal Court, the Arcola Theatre, Burdall’s Yard, Bath, the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London, and the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, as well as in a number of site-specific performances with her own theatre company Para-Site Productions and Plays Rough London. Tamara holds a BA in English & Drama from Queen Mary University and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech & Drama. Work in development includes Jackpot, co-written with Jack Hughes and supported by Arts Council England. Jackpot was longlisted by the BBC Writersroom 2018. She is founder and producer of Fizzy Sherbet, a writing initiative for women from across the world, together with theatre director Lily McLeish. She has published short stories and poetry as well as a crime novel written in German.
The Knock by Karen Morash, direction Kayla Feldman
Is pacifism an act of rebellion or collusion? In the dark, a father and daughter grapple with what it means to be brave.
Karen is a Kent-based playwright, who is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. Plays which have appeared on the London fringe and in festivals include: Playground (London Theatre), The 9.21 to Shrub Hill (New Diorama), Sprint/Marathon (Cockpit Theatre and Goldsmiths, published in Bare Fiction magazine), and Tangles (Steyning Festival Theatre Trail and the Cobden Club). She is a founding member and dramaturg with Head for Heights Theatre, a company dedicated to innovative approaches to theatre-in-translation, and is a tutor at Rose Bruford. Karen completed an MA in Text and Performance at RADA/King’s College, and recently finished a PhD at Goldsmiths, focusing on playwrights who engage with devising.
Two Forks by Leila Nashef, direction Max Harrison
A mother and daughter try to put the world to rights.
Leila Nashef is a writer and actor based in London, and she’s very excited to be part of Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse. Her work has been performed twice at Theatre 503 for their Rapid Write Response programme, and she recently took part in the inaugural VAULT New Writers Award programme. You can find her on Twitter @LeilaNashef.
Hurricane Blues by Daisy Stenham, direction Charlotte Vickers
Family conflict stirs between three sisters in their mother’s kitchen.
Daisy is a London based writer and filmmaker. Journalism credits include: The Independent, Time Out London, Londnr Magazine, Schön! Magazine, Sublime Magazine, The Camden New Journal, The Soho Revue Magazine, The Ingenue Magazine. She has written and directed two short films (one of which won best short film at The London Independent Film Festival 2017), alongside writing longer form scripts, and brand voiceovers.