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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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