The People’s Company will be staging the Short Play Festival in the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, from Wednesday, February 17 to Saturday, February 20.
Each evening of the Festival, three newly formed companies will take to the stage to offer everything from macabre humour to poignant takes on the ups and downs of human life.
Each 20-minute production has been led by a local emerging director and designed, stage managed and performed by People’s Company members.
Dubbed as theatre for the credit crunch, they’ve been put together on a shoestring, but are exciting, spontaneous and full of ideas and inspiration, with that inspiration coming from their take on the Socrates’ quote: ‘Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs: therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity’.
One of the companies will use an existing text by an established playwright, one a new script by a People’s Company member, and the other presenting their own piece devised from scratch.
Wednesday, February 17 & Friday, February 19
Madhouse by Hugh McCann
Outside a Single Realm, devised by the People’s Company
Summoned by Bells from the poetry of John Betjeman, adapted by Lucy Gordon-Clark.
Thursday, February 18 and Saturday, February 20
The Beauty of Old Age, devised by the People’s Company
Dr Fritz by David Ives
My Brother’s Keeper by Marion Macbeth
• There will be Post Show Q&A on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, Februay 20
For more information, pop over to the Theatre Royal site.
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