PlayPen Seedlings National Library Wales

A creative journey exploring the National Library Wales, a chance to be inspired and find ideas on a creative treasure hunt with tutors Catrin Fflur Huws(Cymraeg) and Sandra Bendelow (English-language). For beginner writers or writers new to writing for performance or writers who just want some fun.

30/6/2018 LLGC/ NLW, Saturday 11-4PM

£25 per course with bursaries available

Contact playpenaberystwyth@gmail.com to book a place or apply for a bursary. Limited spaces available.

Cama’rDdrama Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Siwrne greadigol o amgylch rhai o drysorfeydd Aberystwyth, cyfle i ennyn ysbrydoliaeth a chanfod syniadau newydd ar helfa drysor i ganfod syniadau newydd gyda’r tiwtoriaid Catrin Fflur Huws (Cymraeg) a Sandra Bendelow (Saesneg). Ar gyfer ‘sgwennwyr newydd a hen lawiau sydd am chwilota am syniadau.

30/6/2018 Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, Dydd Sadwrn 11-4YP

£25 am bob cwrs – bwrsariaethau ar hael

Cysylltwch â playpenaberystwyth@gmail.com er mwyn archebu lle neu i ymgeisio am fwrsariaeth. Nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd ar gael.

 

Cama’rDdrama

Mae Cama’r Ddrama yn gyfres o weithdai sy’n cael eu cynnal mewn tri lleoliad cyffrous: Amgueddfa Ceredigion, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a gweithdy awyr agored yn y dref.

Siwrne greadigol o amgylch rhai o drysorfeydd Aberystwyth, cyfle i ennyn ysbrydoliaeth a chanfod syniadau newydd ar helfa drysor i ganfod syniadau newydd gyda’r tiwtoriaid Catrin Fflur Huws (Cymraeg) a Sandra Bendelow (Saesneg). Ar gyfer ‘sgwennwyr newydd a hen lawiau sydd am chwilota am syniadau.

£25 am bob cwrs – bwrsariaethau ar hael

  • 16/6/2018 Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Dydd Sadwrn 11-4 YP
  • 30/6/2018 Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, Dydd Sadwrn 11-4YP
  • 7/7/2018 Syniadau yn y Stryd, Dydd Sadwrn 11-4YP

Cysylltwch â playpenaberystwyth@gmail.com er mwyn archebu lle neu i ymgeisio am fwrsariaeth. Nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd ar gael.

PlayPen Seedlings

PlayPen Seedlings is a series of three workshops taking place at Ceredigion Museum, National Library Wales and an outdoor workshop exploring Aberystwyth.

A creative journey exploring some of our amazing Aberystwyth spaces and places, a chance to be inspired and find ideas on a creative treasure hunt with tutors Catrin Fflur Huws(Cymraeg) and Sandra Bendelow (English-language). For beginner writers or writers new to writing for performance or writers who just want some fun.

£25 per course with bursaries available

The dates and venues are:

16/6/2018 Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Saturday 11-4PM
30/6/2018 LLGC/ NLW, Saturday 11-4PM
7/7/2018 Outdoor Adventure Idea Trail ,Saturday 11-4PM

Contact playpenaberystwyth@gmail.com to book a place or apply for a bursary. Limited spaces available.

 

Crash Test at Y Stordy Tuesday 12th June

Crash Test will be back on Tuesday 12th June 8PM at it’s new home Y Stordy/The Storehouse at Rummers Wine Bar.

Crash Test is a scratch night which offers writers and performers the chance to share work in development in a supportive environment. Previous scratch nights have included comedy sketches, cabaret, plays, radio,short film scripts, storytelling, poetry, performance art and stand-up comedy.

The Storehouse is a Grill and Cocktail Bar in the ground floor of the iconic Rummers Wine Bar. The building, which was originally built as a mill storehouse, was also the site of the very first theatre space in Aberystwyth from about 1818 in which the renowned actress Sarah Siddons performed.

The evening is hosted by performance artist, writer and stand-up comedian James Baker who brings a very innovative style to the evening creating a fun, hilarious and unique experience for audience.

Sandra Bendelow said,  “Anyone is welcome to come along to Crash Test and try out a poem, a short story, anything they are working on, or if they have a short play or a bit of a longer piece and they want it to be performed we have lots of wonderful actors who will perform it. In the first one we had someone performing his own poetry for the very first time, he was brilliant, absolutely loved the experience and he’s really excited about writing more. That is what

Crash Test is all about, giving the chance for people to have a go at writing and performing. Storehouse at Rummers Wine Bar is such a lovely intimate, homely space that it works perfectly for Crash Test. Audiences always enjoy the evening because it’s fun and exciting and people get to see work at its earliest stages, there is always a range of styles and subjects so there’s something for everyone.”

Noson sgratch yw Crash Test sydd yn cynnig cyfle i awduron a pherfformwyr i rannu gwaith ar waith mewn amgylchedd ddiogel. Y mae nosweithiau blaenorol wedi cynnwys perfformiadau comedi, cabaret, dramau, sgriptiau byrion ar gyfer ffilm, adrodd straeon, barddoniaeth, a chelfyddyd perfformiadol.

Arweinir y noswaith gan James Baker, sydd yn artist perfformio, awdur a digrifwr sydd, drwy ei steil gwreiddiol, yn rhoi stamp hwyliog, doniol ac unigryw ar y noson, ac fe’i trefnir gan yr awdur a’r cynhyrchydd Sandra Bendelow o Scriptography Productions.

The event is free. There will be an opportunity at the end of the evening to Pay What you Want

The project is an open and inclusive project which welcomes participation. If you are a writer or performer who would like to take part then get in contact with playpenaberystwyth@gmail.com

Crash Test is back!

Crash Test will be back on Tuesday 10th April at The Storehouse at 8PM.

Following on from their project PlayPen, supporting seven writers to get to the end of writing a full-length play, they are back supporting new writers to test out their work in front of a supportive and extremely informal environment.

Crash Test nights have previously been held at the RAFA Club (before it became Bar 46), The Boat Club, Boulders Cafe in Borth and Aberystwyth Arts Centre and has now found a new home at The Storehouse. (the wine selection and extensive gin collection was in no way an influence on the decision when looking for a new host!)

The Storehouse is a Grill and Cocktail Bar on the ground floor of the iconic Rummers Wine Bar. The building which was originally built as a mill storehouse was the very first theatre space in Aberystwyth. It was a theatre from about 1818 in which the renowned actress Sarah Siddons performed. (Though we know it was a theatre there is some uncertainty about which part of the building housed the theatre so any local historians please feel free to get in touch as we would love to know more.)

 Crash Test is a scratch night which offers writers and performers the chance to share work in development in a supportive environment. Previous scratch nights have included comedy sketches, cabaret, plays, short film scripts, storytelling, poetry, performance art and stand-up comedy – the rule is as long as it involves performance and words then it’s good to go though we have once waived the words rule!)

Crash Test is hosted by performance artist, writer and stand-up comedian James Baker who brings a very innovative style to the evening creating a fun, hilarious and unique experience for audience. (This basically means anything goes and no-one really knows where James comedic style will take him so prepare for the unexpected!) The event is curated by writer and producer Sandra Bendelow from Scriptography Productions.

The project is an open and inclusive project which welcomes participation. If you are a writer or performer who would like to take part then get in contact with scriptographyproductions@gmail.com Everyone is welcome to get involved.

Sandra Bendelow said,  “we are delighted to be back with Crash Test which has always been such a fun night for participants and audiences as we test out new work on audiences. We will be holding the event every two months through the summer as we want more people to be able to take part. We are thrilled to be in partnership with The Storehouse at Rummers Wine Bar to present the event and excited to be bringing theatre back to such an iconic venue in Aberystwyth.”

Noson sgratch yw Crash Test sydd yn cynnig cyfle i awduron a pherfformwyr i rannu gwaith ar waith mewn amgylchedd ddiogel. Y mae nosweithiau blaenorol wedi cynnwys perfformiadau comedi, cabaret, dramau, sgriptiau byrion ar gyfer ffilm, adrodd straeon, barddoniaeth, a chelfyddyd perfformiadol.

Arweinir y noswaith gan James Baker, sydd yn artist perfformio, awdur a digrifwr sydd, drwy ei steil gwreiddiol, yn rhoi stamp hwyliog, doniol ac unigryw ar y noson, ac fe’i trefnir gan yr awdur a’r cynhyrchydd Sandra Bendelow o Scriptography Productions.

The event is free. There will be an opportunity at the end of the evening to Pay What you Want

Death Comes to St Michaels by Tom O’Malley

PlayPen Get to the End – Gets to the End. On 13th March 7:45PM at Aberystwyth Arts Centre the project will be presenting the final full-length play, Death Comes to St Michaels written by Tom O’Malley, directed by Caroline Clark and performed by Denise Williams, Jason Philpot, Jeremy Newman, Alex Gilbey, Huw Evans, Billy Taylor-Adam, Daz O’Connell, Lynne Baker, Sean Byrne, Paula Gallagher, Emma Sims, Heather Giles.

Death Comes to St Michaels sees an untimely death disturb a dinner party in a sleepy seaside town. It is left to the new vicar and a local reporter to help the Inspector unravel the truth.

PlayPen Get to the End began in March 2017 with PlayPen: Beginnings, with the first twenty minutes of 8 plays by local writers across 2 nights featuring 42 characters and performed by over 30 actors. This part of the project has been named ‘Get to the End’ in reference to the project supporting writers to achieve the very simple but often evasive task of simply getting to the end of writing a play.

PlayPen: Get to the End is a development project by Scriptography Productions produced by Richard Hogger, Tom O’Malley and Sandra Bendelow.

Tickets are available from the box office 01970 623232 or https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/theatre/death-comes-st-michaels

 

7# Five things from Tom O’Malley

Death Comes to St Michael’s is the seventh and final in our series of rehearsed readings for new full length plays. We asked all of the writers participating in PlayPen Get to the End to share the five things that stopped them and the five things that helped them Get to the End. Here the writer of Death Comes to St Michaels, Tom O’Malley shares his five things.

5 things that stopped you getting to the end

  • Starting without a clear enough idea of what I was meant to be doing.
  • Sitting at my desk and planning too much
  • Doing too much research, i.e. searching you tube for murder mystery plays
  • Giving up too readily and too early in the process
  • Looking for biscuits, not finding them, going to the shop, and making coffee – too often

5 things that helped you?

  • Deciding on a plan and sticking to it, at least for the first draft
  • Sitting at my desk and putting pen to paper – regardless of the consequences
  • Switching off the TV
  • Not allowing myself any biscuits or coffee if I even considered giving up.
  • Looking forward to finishing it!!!

Death Comes to St Michaels is written by Tom O’ Malley, directed by Caroline Clark performed by Lynne Baker, Denise Williams, Heather Giles, Paula Gallagher, Emma Simms,  It will be presented as a script in hand reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 13th March at 7:45PM

Tickets for Death Comes to St Michaels are available through the box office 01970 623232 or https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/theatre/death-comes-st-michaels

 

More information on PlayPen Get to the End is available here

 

A director’s perspective on PlayPen

We have been thrilled to be able to offer people the opportunity direct for the first time as part of the Playpen process, as a rehearsed reading the play offers the chance to give directing a go in a supportive environment and relatively pressure free. Here Roger Boyle one of our new-to-directing directors talks about the experience.
How would you describe the experience of directing for the first time?

I suppose it is the first time, as other times I have directed were ages ago and really rather different.  Having been on the receiving end [acting] I know that all directors are different, and distilling good practice is not simply observation as the character of the individual and the practice cannot really be disentangled.  So I didn’t worry about just doing it “my way” and have found that personally satisfactory, but getting clear opinion from the cast will be difficult, I think.

How did you approach the piece?
The piece turned out to be rather different to the sample 20m we did last spring and gave some challenges.  A lot of it is driven by events and people who/which are not displayed and often are wholly implicit, so I wanted the cast to agree on what those features actually were.

What do you think are the challenges, good and bad, of working with a new play with the writer involved in the process?
A composer once told me that the worst thing about publishing a piece of music was that you lose all control over it; musicians/conductors can interpret it however they please and if you don’t like it, tough.  As a writer, I agree (although my director was very sympathetic to my intentions).  So having the writer present certainly allowed gaps in intent to be filled easily in most cases – but not all; after casting a character as male I learned that [s]he had been intended to be female.  There wasn’t much I could do about that.  That sort of experience actually helped me as a writer – be very clear about what you want if you definitely don’t want the director to fiddle with it.

Who has inspired you as a director?
Unfacetiously, every director I have worked with.  The variety of approaches and ideas has been of great value, even if they are things I did not choose to use.

Have you enjoyed directing – would you do it again?
I’d jump at the opportunity if given it, but it’s a privilege to be earned: whoever is staging or writing something needs to have some faith in you.

Why do you think audiences should come and see the play?
To be entertained by a piece of theatre

Blinds written by Caroline Clark, directed by Roger Boyle. performed by Lynne Baker, Huldah Knox-Thomas, Catrin Fflur Huws, James Baker, Bob Cook, Denise Williams. It will be presented as a script in hand reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 13th February

Tickets for Blinds are available through the box office 01970 623232 or https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/theatre/blinds

The final PlayPen Get to the End project will be presented as follows

13th March 7.45PM 2018 – Death Comes to St Michaels written by Tom O’Malley, Directed by Caroline Clark

More information on PlayPen Get to the End is available here

6# Five things by Caroline Clark

Blinds was written by Caroline Clark. Here are the fine things that stopped and the five things that helped her Get to the End.

‘Blinds’ was atypical as it is based on an existing short story so the end ( in the plot sense) was there from the start. The problems in completing were :

Trying to get the individual voices right.

Trying to balance filling out the characters against slowing the action.

Deciding whether to stay with the single location or open it out.

Deciding whether to stay with the “snap” ending or not.

Things that helped:

seeing & hearing it played.

The reactions of the actors and the clarity they gave to the characters.

Advice on where the text was too thin.

Seeing how other scripts developed.

Hearing the approaches of professional writers.

Blinds written by Caroline Clark, directed by Roger Boyle. performed by Lynne Baker, Huldah Knox-Thomas, Catrin Fflur Huws, James Baker, Bob Cook, Denise Williams. It will be presented as a script in hand reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 13th February

Tickets for Blinds are available through the box office 01970 623232 or https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/theatre/blinds

The final two PlayPen Get to the End project will be presented as follows

13th March 7.45PM 2018 – Death Comes to St Michaels written by Tom O’Malley, Directed by Caroline Clark

More information on PlayPen Get to the End is available here