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.
ScriptTank on 10 July will be hearing (potentially) two new stage plays by Melville Lovatt: The Powers That Be and a short work entitled The Kiss.
The Powers That Be
Matt and Gary are minding a man and awaiting instructions from the powers that be. Instructions which will decide the man’s fate, and also, unbeknown to Gary, his own. For Gary, the time has finally come to prove himself to the powers that be. It’s an aptitude test of some kind, that’s all.
If time allows on the night, we may also hear Melville’s short piece The Kiss.
After seeing them kissing, Simon is convinced his wife, Sonya, is having an affair with his best friend, Clive. The kiss triggers in Simon a desire for revenge, bringing into sharp focus the fragile boundaries of friendship. Beneath seemingly inconsequential conversation, a darker narrative begins to unfold which leads to an ironic, ambiguous conclusion.
The reading is being held on the night of a World Cup semi-final, but we hope you can make it no matter which teams are playing that evening.
We have one more reading confirmed for next week on 17 July. After that, ScriptTank will be taking its summer vacation and will return in the autumn.
On 17th April, ScriptTank will be returning after our Easter break with The Spark by Ron Fernee. This is the second reading of the latest draft of the play, which was previously read at Script Tank during the Wheat Sheaf Sessions.
The Spark is a drama about a dysfunctional family. It’s a story about love, lust, friendship and football, set at the goal end of a football pitch.
We will be meeting every two weeks until the 24 July for this term of ScriptTank. Currently, our scheduled readings are:
- 17 April – The Spark by Ronald Fermee
- 1 May – May Day Shorts (details below)
- 15 May – Sponges by Urszula Kucharczyk
- 29 May – A play by Melville Lovat
- 10 July – Untitled work by Kate Lock