Flowers of the Field opens 24 June

Field of Vision (original image by Bark)

Flowers of the Field by Kevin Mandry

Flowers of the Field: writer Kevin Mandry, director David Cottis

Flowers of the Field, a stage play written by long-term ScriptTank member Kevin Mandry is finally reaching the stage, after a couple of highly successful readings at ScriptTank. It’s being directed by another ScriptTank veteran: David Cottis.

Autumn, 1916. A young man arrives at a remote Sussex farm seeking a secret – the forgotten folk music of rural England, and a glimpse of a lost Arcadia. He finds instead a quiet struggle that echoes the timeless stories of the very songs he is seeking.

Flowers of the Field is a dark romance, on at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington between 24 June to 13 July.

April 10 – Alma

Portrait of Francis Mawson Rattenbury

This week sees a ScriptTank’s summer season start with a first for this writing group: a reading, and performing, of a new stage musical.

Alma, written by Jonathan Cohen (music) and David Cottis (book and lyrics), tells the story of one of Britain’s greatest crimes of passion.

In October 1934, Alma Rattenbury, a romantic songwriter who wrote as ‘Lozanne’, began an affair with her 19 year-old chaffeur, George Stoner.

In April 1935, the two of them were accused of the murder of her sixty year-old husband, Francis Mawson Rattenbury.

For this, ScriptTank’s first musical, the songs will be sung and played live by the composer, Jonathan Cohen.

The reading starts at 6:45 for 7:00, above the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street, nearest tubes Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square.

There’s a £3 charge per session.