Mission Creep at Brighton Scratch Night: Updated!

BRIGHTON: what happened, and what’s happening NEXT.

DECEMBER 13TH 2018 EDIT: A lot has happened since this post was originally published! After further discussion, there is no longer a production of Mission Creep going forward to Brighton Fringe 2019. But the scratch night was still a great experience, and I don’t want to delete a whole post about something happy!

I meant to have this post out last week, but then got smacked with the weirdest cold/laryngitis/thing. Stay indoors, it’s dangerous out there…

I took the train to Brighton for the final night of the Brighton Scratch Night on October 25th knowing that Mission Creep had won the audience vote for the event's first evening of new plays on the 23rd. Lots of people I’d met never or once had tagged me in some nice tweets and said nice things. So going in, I was reasonably confident that we’d all have a good time.

By the end of the night, the Mission Creep team and I were standing with multiple prosecco bottle-trophies in a room flooded with praise and questions about what we were going to do next.

Christine Kempell—the latest and quite possibly maddest incarnation of Mary—won audience vote for Best Performance.

Mission Creep won audience pick for Tuesday AND Thursday night’s performances, and so won the audience vote for the event overall.

And then Sussex Playwrights and Fringe Review wrote really nice things about us!

It was great. That’s an understatement.

All in all, Unmasked Theatre’s scratch event was really flipping cool. Other reviewers have said it better, but it’s exciting to see shared themes come out in a new writing event. You learn what everyone is worried about, and how they’re processing it. Turns out everyone at Brighton Scratch Night is worried about authority, and we’re processing it by resetting ourselves in the most bizarre narratives possible—alternate universes where immigration challenges are flipped, Pinter-esque housing nightmares…and then Mission Creep, where aliens arrive and everybody says great, let’s get the fuck off this planet.

And special thanks to Pip O’Neill of Unmasked Theatre—-Bossy ladies get shit done!


The Squirrel Plays #EdFringe2018 Round-Up!

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I got home from Edinburgh Festival Fringe a week ago TODAY. Bizarre. I'm still having weird fringe-dreams about going to concerts at the Pianodrome only to realize that the Pianodrome has been relocated from Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens to a boat that's ALSO made of pianos. We're sailing to Alaska and Lady Rizo has been made captain. Fine. 

Since we all crashed back in London, we've had EVEN MORE good press for the show. It's exciting to see the momentum continue, especially as election season looms and these issues continue to press on the brain...we met lots of Americans abroad this year who are thinking, and worried. We have work to do before November!

"The cast are all superb...It’s a smart take on an emotive subject which is as timely now as ever, particularly given recent events in the US and Ireland (and even more recently in Argentina). It’s a show that deserves to be seen by a large audience and will likely provoke wider conversations..." ★★★★ Cath Renton, The Wee Review

"The Squirrel Plays is a sensitive and timely analysis of the issues surrounding female reproductive health and bodily autonomy." ★★★★ Grace Lavender, The Skinny

"All performers achieved an excellent balance between the play’s moments of comedy and more serious undertones....The Squirrel Plays is a vital production for those in search of feminist theatre at the festival. Part of the Main have created a sharp and polished performance that captures a wide spectrum of opinions on abortion without lecturing the audience. It’s complex yet comprehensible." ★★★★ Carla Van Der Sluijs, Broadway Baby

"What is normally an unavoidably hard hitting, sober subject is elevated in The Squirrel Plays by a refusal to allow the theme to suppress other shades of emotion – tenderness, humour, even boredom, all find their place in the play. The characters themselves are slight stereotypes; [Alice], the soft mother, [Linda], the local resident’s association tyrant. It’s a testament to the skill of the cast that they don’t allow themselves to be consumed by these types, but rather make space for their characters to experience inner conflict...This is a striking, loveable production, skilfully directed. It jumps with ease the hurdle at which many Fringe productions fall: to handle a major contemporary issue with exploratory thoughtfulness." ★★★★ Maya Little, Cherwell

We're so pleased with the response we got at the festival, both from the press and from audience members who stayed to discuss the show with us. Keep an eye on Part of the Main! This was only their first big production at the Fringe and they absolutely smashed it.

Now that I'm back in London I've got a couple more projects coming up, more on those soon!

Tiny Shorts at The Union Theatre!

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So the previews of The Squirrel Plays at Theatre503 are still very much a thing that you should see (and if you can't come see us, might I recommend other ways to contribute to our success?)

But right BEFORE that, you should come see Tiny Shorts at The Union Theatre!

Eagle and Beaver Ensemble is a new theatre company bringing North American plays to London (and giving North American actors like me a chance to play with some new writing!)

We're on July 1st (Canada Day!) at 7:30pm, and we just might be adding a second performance date (TBC!) Early-bird benefits very much available on ticket sales, or you can chance it and try to get tickets at the door for £15.

Soon to Be Running on Empty

I'm trying a new thing where I make short films of new scripts I'm working on to test the material. This is from a sci-fi/dystopia project imagining the future of emotional labour called 'Soon to Be Running on Empty'.  

"And we will get the f*** off this planet!" IN TEN DAYS!

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My new short play MISSION CREEP is being performed for the first time at the White Bear Theatre in Cuckoo Bang's night of new writing, BITS! 

MISSION CREEP

Asexual and bisexual solidarity IN SPACE.

Tess and Liam are determined to get off the planet at any cost. On paper, they're the perfect applicants for Britain's relocation project: they're fertile, they're healthy, and they might even pass for a real couple. Mary just has a few more questions to ask, but it can't be anything the pair hasn't already prepared for...

It's gonna be a whole evening of new writing by some badass folks with CONCEPTS and OPINIONS.

Space is limited, so go buy a ticket