January 2018 meeting: ‘The Engagement’

‘ … the finest SPC production of a rehearsed reading I’ve seen … ‘ (Simon Jenner)

‘The Engagement’

Sussex Playwrights presented a well-received performance reading of this new play (under its working title) by James Alexander Allen, from a story of true events by Wayne Liversidge.

Performed by:

Joshua Crisp
Philippa Hammond
Russell Shaw
Amy Sutton

Produced by Philippa Hammond

Members and visitors were invited to come and watch and discuss the play with the writers and cast. The play had the reception that Sussex Playwrights is all about – a committed, energetic and collaborative response from a rapt and intrigued audience.


Here are some highlights from Simon Jenner’s review of the reading and report on the discussion:

‘ … this is the finest SPC production of a rehearsed reading I’ve seen … ‘

‘ … a fine script: idiomatic, swift, keenly observant in its naturalism … ‘

‘ … one of the most solidly imagined SPC productions I’ve seen … ‘

‘ … Sutton’s incandescent Gerri, a breathtakingly vivid and compellingly believable portrait … ‘

‘ … the audience and cast responded to this play as never before at SPC. Nearly everyone spoke eloquently, engaging cast and producers by turn; they themselves led off in discussion of what decisions had been or should be made … ‘

‘ … a staged version of this play … will prove one of the absolute highlights of 2018’s Hove Grown Play Festival … ‘

Simon Jenner (Sussex Playwrights Reviews)

Latest news

The play will be premiered at the Rialto Theatre with new cast as part of the 2018 Hove Grown festival of new drama.

It will be directed by Sussex Playwrights’ Secretary Thomas Everchild of Studio 1919.

The Engagement
Rialto Theatre
March 27th and 28th at 8.30 pm