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The Invisible Woman

Where have I been?  Where to start?  OK, I’ve witnessed Hideki Noda’s The Bee at the Soho, all lacky bands and scary red pencils; Hull Truck’s excellent production of DNA by Dennis Kelly at Salisbury Playhouse; Headlong’s Romeo and Juliet. Good stuff at the Playhouse recently. Could this be influence of new AD, Gareth Machin?  We do hope so.  Summer programmes arrived from Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Festival. I’m like a kid in a ballpond. There’s yer Tim Crouch, yer Paper Birds, yer Blind Summit, and yer Idle Motion. And the brillo Gecko at the Nuffield, Southampton. If you think theatre has limitations, go see Gecko. I love Gecko. I’m going to be very broke. Very soon. You heard it here first.

Scripts are in for the Rocket Project part 3 – Times Six. Let casting commence. David Haworth, Laura Jasper and Jon Nash are directing some off-the-wall pieces by Doo Dah writers: John Yates, Sally Whyte, Linda Morse, David Haworth, Andrew Thackeray. We’re hoping David Bowie will appear on the night. Mmmmm. That’s 7pm, 15 April, Salisbury Arts Centre, if you could let David know.

Tickets are nearly sold out for Dan Rebellato’s Writing for Devising workshop on 24 March at Salisbury Arts Centre. A good mix of writers and actors have signed up so the White Room should be a-buzzing.

Meanwhile, I’m involved in a nifty intergenerational project with Mind The Gap for the over 50s and Manor Fields Primary – we’re creating new Miffs out of old Miffs and this week the dragons are a-drumming. Where’s Harry Potter when you need him?

Finally, She Writes, newly formed at the Playhouse is up and a-running with 14 writers on a good day and still room for more. If you’re thinking of joining, send me an email angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk

The Best of Times

I’ve had a choatic couple of weeks (in a good way) with loads happening on the writing scene: the Emerging Doo Dah Writers had their first meeting in Salisbury Playhouse on Saturday afternoon thanks to an invite from Mark Powell.  I was beside myself.  It’s so good to have a place to meet and I’m looking forward to meeting Gareth Machin, the new AD. Exciting times.

If there are any playwrights in Salisbury and surrounding areas reading this who’d like to join the group, just drop me an email with a brief biog including where you are at with your writing. The Emerging Group is for writers with playwriting experience – I do run workshops for beginners too and most of the Emerging Group have come through the workshops over the last two years.

Talking of workshops, we had a visit from Sarah Dickenson, senior reader at the Soho, who led a challenging workshop last week and made us all write stuff. Imagine.

Meanwhile, I’m delighted to report that Doo Dah David Haworth’s play I Heard An Angel Singing has been selected for a reading at Theatre 503 on 7th November – a great opportunity to have his work read by professional actors in London.

More Doo Dah successes:

  • Alison Barclay’s monologue ‘Dressing Up‘ was performed in Salisbury as part of Bootleg Theatre’s 15 Minutes of Fame tour.
  • Gina Gough’s ‘A Bump in the Night‘ has been selected by Core Theatre for a performance in Malloys, Bath on Sunday 30th October.