13 Nov – ‘The First Modern Man’ by Michael Barry and ‘Tea with Doris and Doreen’ by Nick Myles

The next ScriptTank meeting on 13 November will hear two pieces by Michael Barry and Nick Myles.

Michael Barry’s piece is The First Modern Man: a one-man play starring Jonathan Hansler, based on the life of French 16th century French essayist, Michel de Montaigne.

The modern world’s obsession with pundits helping you define your place in it with thoughts about sex, food, fashion, politics, sport, love, depression, happiness had its beginning with Michel de Montaigne – a humorous, wise, melancholic, French aristocrat who retired from public life to live in cultured seclusion. It didn’t work out. So Montaigne wrote anything which took his fancy (sex, cannibals, thumbs), tried to save France from civil wars, became mayor of Bordeaux, discovered world music, opposed colonialism, pitied witches, escaped the Inquisition, negotiated with kings, and slept with princes.

We’ll also be hearing a shorter work for theatre by Nick Myles: Tea with Doris and Doreen.

Lancaster, 1993. Elderly spinster sisters Doris and Doreen share a home, and two lifetimes’ worth of disputed memories. When visited by a pair of young volunteers, Doreen tells them about her wartime romance. But what part did Doris really play in the story?

Please do come along. There are only three more readings until we take a break until 2019.

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