What we’re making in 2017

Feature image; Megan Dawes, Maggie Quinlan and Caitlin Clough rehearsing for #MadAsHell.

In 2017 we’ll be making even more fringe theatre in Liverpool. Read all about what each writer has in mind below. We can’t wait to see you all again soon.

Gemma Curtis

I want to write a piece that deals with issues that young people are facing in the modern world.

I write best when I use the voices of young characters. I feel like I know how they would react to situations better than how adults would. Despite thinking they are all-knowing, young people have a lot to learn, and I love this vulnerability within all of them. The fact that they are often ignorant towards this is also their strength. There are so many paradoxes in teenage life which is fascinating to explore when creating a character.

Above all, young people in our country get a bad reputation so frequently, and usually they are the ones who are the most open minded, willing to embrace change and are happy to work hard to make a good future. A lot of the time this is overlooked. Our teenage years hold some of the most pivotal and memorable moments in our lives and it really saddens me when I hear about the pressures and expectations of teenagers today. This is something I want to explore in more depth and hopefully deliver something beautiful in the end.

Ruth Hartnoll

I’ve got a few ideas kicking about, one of which is about female refugees.

I saw the incredible Queens of Syria at The Liverpool Everyman, and it inspired me so much. My new piece explores women in desperate situations and what they’ll do to find a new home. Dystopian in nature, it’s inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It sees women entering an army programme to breed new soldiers for the English so that they can take refuge in our country. It’s a situation only a woman can face, so I’m excited to see what my characters will do when it comes to giving up their babies.

Story in a nut shell

Refugee women are offered a home if they agree to be impregnated to breed the next generation of soldiers for the English army.

Steph Dickinson

Having witnessed firsthand the desperation caused by austerity and welfare cuts for several years now, I wanted to write the stories of the people involved in a way I’ve only really touched on before. It is easy to see statistics about poverty and forget that those numbers represent human lives. And so I settled on the tale of a middle aged woman who, unable to meet the bills for several months, has refused to think about it until we find her at the start, facing eviction.

For many, this has become an everyday story.

It’s not just a political diatribe though – when her adult children arrive to help, we learn about the secrets, the past, and the broken relationships of a family that is battered but still standing. It’s among the most personal things I’ve worked on, but I’m looking forward to getting properly started on it.

Story in a nut shell

Surrounded by stacks of unopened bills, a woman waits for the bailiffs who will remove her from the home she raised her family in and onto the streets. As her children gather round to try and help, old pains are revisited and secrets revealed in a story of family, loss, and the human cost of political choices.

Joel Whitall

I’m currently writing a piece inspired by a novel I read in the summer that had an interesting genre category, ‘Office Noir’. The basic premise that you spend, in some cases, more time with work colleagues than loved ones yet truly know nothing about them, and everyone has dark secrets to hide.

Story in a nut shell

The synopsis being ‘A small office who have been coasting for a while has their manager sacked and replaced in a quick swoop with the new blood looking to ‘shake things up’ by manoeuvring colleagues to compete with one and another. All the while the demons of one worker’s past is starting to rear its ugly head.’

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