Shorts @ The Canal
A selection of shorts written by some award-winning playwrights from the UK and the US. Shorts embracing the power of love, as well as some of our darkest feelings and actions all with a lightness of touch. All shorts directed by different emerging directors in the London landscape. Expect to laugh, expect to be entertained and expect to be thrilled.
“Love Shots” Jamie Benyon
Who said romance is dead? Because it's not. Especially when you add alcohol into a situation who knows what will happen?
Jamie Benyon is a London based Filmmaker/ Playwright. Debut feature film 'The Grandisons' is ready for distribution and debut play 'Cruisin' has already performed in theatres this year. Also, a shortlisted BBC Comedy Screenwriter 2018.
“Persons Unknown” Tom Mead
A slice of uneasy neo-noir. It begins with a psychiatrist undergoing police questioning about the unsolved death of one of his patients. From there it develops into a dark little puzzle, piece by insidious piece.
Tom Mead is an author of short fiction whose work has been published by Litro Online, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Glassworks, Lighthouse and Open: A Journal of Arts and Letters, as well as various print anthologies. Persons Unknown is his first play.
“A Shit, a Shave or a Haircut” Trudy Hodgson
Three men sit in a room. Three generations of men. The distance between them is only heightened as they wait for the funeral car to turn up. Will their different truths come out? And who hasn’t slept with the family podiatrist?
As a writer, she has taken part in the Five Minute Festival at the Stockwell Playhouse, London. She has written several short plays including Page to Stage performed at the Horse and Stables Theatre in London, and as part of the Theatre in the Pound event at the Cockpit Theatre. She directed and co-wrote comedy show ‘Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond’ which was performed at the Leicester Square Theatre. She recently performed a piece that she also wrote at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Slam London Living event. Last month, she had a rehearsed reading performed of her first full length play, Zoltan in the Cabbage Van, at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Zoltan in the Cabbage Van was developed into a full length play as part of the National Theatre’s Playwright’s Development Programme.
“Just a bit of Fun” Angelika Nielsen
Lisa and Frank are on a first date somewhere in Central London. Things seem to be going well at first, but it soon becomes obvious that Lisa and Frank have very different agendas and things quickly spiral out of control.
Angelika first became interested in scriptwriting a few years ago when German filmmaker Christoph Steinau asked her for feedback on one of his film scripts. It turned out to be dark, funny and very contageous, so a couple of years ago she decided to enrol in a scriptwriting course at RACC. She has enjoyed writing about about first dates, murder and wildebeest ever since.
“Walls” Richard Crawley
Two young men are scrubbing graffiti from the wall of a public toilet as part of their Community Service for their offences.
Having retired, I became the fourth member of a play writing group which has put on a range of plays, stage and radio, over ten years in different venues. In addition, I have entered for various drama competitions and was pleased to have work put on at a theatre in Norwich, in the Arundel festival, at the Buxton Fringe and at the Rich Mix Theatre in Bethnal Green among other more local venues.
“One Letter Short” Karen Lothan
Two people go to war over a parking space.
Karen Loseff Lothan plays have been produced in Toronto’s InspiraTO Festival, Short and Sweet India, Short and Sweet Hollywood, Short and Sweet Sydney and ONSTAGE in Prescott, Arizona, The Writer’s Voice:10-Minute Play Festival and the upcoming 2018 Seoul Players Annual 10 minute Play Festival.
“The Asteroid” Jeff Nolan
An asteroid is going to destroy the planet. Little does Paul know, there may be even worse news ahead.
Jeff has had short plays performed at several venues in London, including the Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion Theatre, Battersea 503 and the Other Palace. His play “Cut And Paste” has been selected as one of the three winners of the Kenneth Branagh New Writing Award 2018 and will be performed at the Windsor Fringe in October.