PlayPen Beginnings Cama’r Ddrama at Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum

Image by Boz Groden

PlayPen Beginnings is part of an ongoing annual project across Aberystwyth to find and support writers who wish to write for theatre and performance. The evening will present a selection of the beginnings of plays by writers chosen to be supported as they write a full-length play.

 
The plays will be presented as rehearsed, script-in-hand readings. PlayPen Beginnings is a chance to see new plays for theatre in the earliest stages of development.
The beginnings of nine new plays by local writers will be presented across three nights at Drwm National Library Wales on Monday 15th October 7.30PM, at Ceredigion Museum on Tuesday 16th October 7.30PM and in the Round Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 18th October 7.45PM.
At Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum on Tuesday 16th October 7.45PM the following plays will be presented;
Pedo
written by Chris Clement Green, directed by Denise Williams
Mr Roberts New Car
written by Iain Forster, directed by Richard Hogger

 

Ghost in the Museumwritten by Katrina Hone, directed by Huldah Knox-Thomas

Pedo is an amalgamation of several true stories. It is a cautionary tale of how ‘the greater good’ can harm the individual and how a one-size-fits-all application of justice can cause great injustice.  The script has been adapted from a short story, and has become a much stronger piece for the injection of humanity that theatre can bring to any narrative.

 

Pedo is written by Chris Clement Green, her serious writing started in 2007 when she won the National Association of Writer’s Groups annual short story competition. This encouraged her to undertake Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing courses with the Open University, before being accepted onto an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa Uni in 2013.

 

In 2017 her gritty memoir Into the Valley was published by Mirror Books, and Crowood Press has just signed Chris’ debut novel – Wings of Retribution – which is due to be published next year.

 

Chris has now won and been short-listed for several national short story competitions and has had articles and letters published in UK magazines, most notably Writing Magazine, and The New Guard Volume V a literary journal based in New York.

 

‘Pedo’ is based on her experiences as an offender manager and is her first foray into the world of theatre script-writing.

 

Mr Roberts’ new car tells the story of the mis-adventures of Mr Roberts, taking part in the Welsh rally, the Trans Saharan race and the London to Brighton rally. It is written by Iain Forster who is completely new to theatre writing, it was written as a screenplay and the Playpen project will be supporting him in adapting the idea for theatre.

 

Ghost in the Museum written by Katrina Hone, directed by Huldah Knox Thomas, performed by Anna Beyer, Hannah Pullen, Denise Williams, Tom O’Malley and Caroline Clark.

 

This is the near future. We are in a small seaside holiday town. A family of three spends a rainy day in the local museum, which mainly houses the belongings and writings of local families, covering the last 300 years. They encounter the soon-out-of-a-job museum guide and Mary, the newest addition to the museum. Mary is an artificial intelligence (AI). She is here to spend her ‘retirement’ years and to be ‘of some use’. As she begins to question her own existence as well as the existence of those ‘humans’ around her, we get a glimpse of the inner workings of the ‘ghost in the museum’.

 

Katrina Hone is new to theatre writing and wrote her very first play Space Oddity for PlayPen 2017.  For her second full length play, Ghost in the Museum, Katrina has written a site specific piece for Ceredigion Museum.

The plays will be performed by
Tom O Malley, Denise Williams, Mair Gopalan, James Baker, Richard Hogger, Hannah Pullen, Caroline Clark, Huldah Knox Thomas, Roger Boyle, Katerina Williams, Anna Beyer, Lynne Baker, Barbara Hogger

 

Tickets Tocynnau £6

To buy tickets contact 01970 633088