September 2019

Kick off a dramatic autumn with Sussex Playwrights

Kick off a dramatic autumn with the next Sussex Playwrights meeting this Sunday September 1st – all welcome.

Our special guests had all just returned from the Edinburgh experience, with audience and critical acclaim to their credit!

We discussed their work producing, writing and performing new drama at the Fringe.

Magician, comedian, actor, writer, corporate presenter, paranormal sceptic, bon viveur Paul Zenon discussing

Trust Me!

‘The master at work …’ Must See Show [Fringe Review]
Review

Different Theatre – Writer, producer, director, actor Sam Chittenden discussing

Sary

‘a beautiful piece of theatre, crafted with elegance and passion …’ [Fringe Review]
Review

Metamorphosis

‘Assiduously constructed and impressively acted, Different Theatre’s female-oriented Metamorphosis rings with a new voice …’ [A Younger Theatre]
Review

Bite-Size Plays – Producer and driving force behind this Brighton and Edinburgh phenomenon, Nicolas Brice discussing and performing with Philippa a short play from the menu; ‘Vintage’, by Lucy Kaufman.

The Big Bite Size Breakfast Show

‘a winning formula for good plays … guaranteed good theatre.’ [The British Theatre Guide], shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award

Review

August 2019 meeting report

Writers’ Night

Sussex Playwrights was established originally to read and discuss writers’ plays.

Now we’ve re-established it as a great place for writers, performers, producers and makers of new stage, screen, audio and online drama, we’re going to be weaving this idea back into our monthly meetings schedule over the next few months. We’ll be keeping the mix of networking, special guests and guest performances too. Monologues, dialogue, sketches, screenplays – we’ll be inviting writers to come along with short examples of your writing to be read and discussed on Writers’ Nights.

August 2019’s meeting was a Writers’ Night.

We featured playwright and poet Simon Jenner, in discussion about his work with a reading of his first short play Stemming the Flow, an encounter between Byron and Keats, with Simon as Byron, Russell Shaw as Keats and Philippa Hammond as the Doctor, a reading by Simon of his latest piece My Shit Year and some in depth group discussion on the writing and reading of the works.

We’ll be featuring more play readings over the autumn and winter – please let us know if you have a piece you would like to propose for a reading at a meeting.

Philippa  chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

Meeting November 3rd 2019

For your diary – Our next meeting

Sussex Playwrights November 3rd meeting 2019

Monthly networking and drinks for writers, producers and makers of new drama for stage, screen and audio

We have a special event in December, so our annual winter social and writers’ storytelling event is moving to the November 3rd meeting.

As the nights draw in and Halloween pumpkins are still with us, it will combine short winter ghost stories with our usual competition, drinks, nibbles and writers’ and actors’ get together.

We’re inviting members and visitors to bring their own short stories or short plays [aim at two or three and no more than five minutes] on the subject of winter hauntings. It’s a fun event with spooky stories.

You can read the piece yourself, or bring a piece for a scratch reading on the night.

All welcome
Sussex Playwrights members free
Visitors £3 (£2 Equity card)
Includes wine/juice

Do ‘like’ the Sussex Playwrights Facebook Page for news as it’s posted.

New Venture Theatre Bar
Bedford Place
Brighton
(Note – Sussex Playwrights is not part of the New Venture Theatre group itself)

December advance news

Our Honorary President William Nicholson will be our special guest speaker at our December meeting! Playwright, novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson, author of his latest film Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis, Shadowlands, Les Miserables, Gladiator, First Knight, Elizabeth: The Golden Age www.williamnicholson.com

Future plans

We’re bringing up the volume again on play readings over the winter. We’d welcome works in progress or finished pieces around 10 – 15 minutes long – so if you have a piece in progress and you’d appreciate a scratch reading and discussion on the night, please do bring along some copies!

Later in the year we’ll be featuring longer pieces – 45 minute plays or suitable extracts.

For your diary – our future meeting dates

6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec, 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul & 2 Aug

Philippa Hammond – Chair
chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk