Theatre hosts a daring new arts experience
Box of Tricks Theatre, in association with Octagon Theatre Bolton and The Bike Shed Theatre, presents Word:Play/NWxSW at the Merlin, Frome, on Saturday.
Box of Tricks champion the next generation of playwriting talent, putting six exciting new writers to the test on a nine stop tour of the North-West and South-West of England.
Following the critical and sell-out success of the four previous cycles at Theatre 503 and The Arcola Theatre, six playwrights, three from each region, have been set the task of writing a 15 minute play inspired by the word "division".
Bringing together these two regions of England and featuring an ensemble cast of four, these bold, experimental works concern issues affecting society today from identity and loss to relationships and the class divide.
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Following this inaugural tour, Box of Tricks plan to take the event to venues across the breadth of the UK in the future.
For Word:Play/NWxSW, the plays include: This is Only a Test, The Bears, The Globe in the Attic, Nights with Dolly Henderson, X and Exodus.
This is Only a Test by Tom Wainwright is a light-hearted tale centering on Rob who is about to become a father and must pass his driving test. Can driving instructor and unlikely fairy godmother Donna help him become a 'real' man?
Tom Wainwright's work includes The Room In The Elephant, Emo,Hansel and Gretel and Pedestrian.
The Bears, by Luke Barnes, is a modern day re-telling of the classic fairytale for a broken Britain. The three bears return from their walk in the woods to discover an intruder in their home.
Luke's work includes Chapel Street, Bottleneck and Weekday Nights.
Exodus by Natalie McGrath (Devon) depicts a young woman, Stella, and her voyage of discovery as she returns home after 12 years of self imposed exile to confront her past.
The Globe in the Attic by Becky Prestwich (Manchester) focuses on siblings Lou and Oscar whose difficult relationship is made all the trickier bybeing continents apart.. Now with a family situation arising, they must find a way to put their childhood jealousies aside.
Becky is developing her third play The Boy in the Photograph with Bristol's Tobacco Factory.
Her first full length play, Streetlights and Shadows was produced by Box of Tricks Theatre Company at the White Bear Theatre Club and her second, Letting in Air at the Old Red Lion.
Nights with Dolly Henderson by Bea Roberts, follows Rose and Dolly, two Torquay housewives from different backgrounds, meet late at night in the kitchen. But the waves of sixties' revolution begin to lap at the shores of the English Riviera.
Bea Roberts is developing work with Radio 4, the Bristol Old Vic and the Tobacco Factory. She took The Darkling Plain, a satirical 1940s' pastiche comedy, to the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe.
X by Ella Greenhill follows Rose, who has looked after her brother Michael all his life, but knows when he needs her most she is powerless to help.
Ella Greenhill is working on a new play Made in Britain. Her work includes Broken, Into the Water, Fallen and A Deafening Silence.
Exodus by Natalie McGrath sees Stella return home after 12 years of self imposed exile to confront her past.
Natalie McGrath's play Rift was produced at the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton. Other work includes Scottish Kiss, Coasting and Come To Where I'm From.
Box of Tricks Theatre is a new writing company committed to developing and producing the best new work around; discovering, nurturing and promoting the next generation of playwrights.
They are drawn to plays that have an immediacy and relevance today: the stories that need to be told, the voices that need to be heard. As a company, they are continually looking forward, seeking new challenges and scaling new heights; bringing the next generation of new writing to the stage.
Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder trained as directors at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Tickets cost £12 and the event starts at 7.45pm.