Date set for performance of new play!
The Partington One Act Play Festival will be held in the week from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July 2017. Two plays will be performed each evening before a paying audience in the presence of the adjudicator. The adjudicator will provide feedback on each play and at the end of the week will make awards for best script and production, best actor and best actress – with the possibility of special certificates (to be awarded at her discretion).
I’ve just been given the date and time for my new play, Bequest: 7.30 p.m. on Monday 3rd. It’s to be the first play in the 2017 Festival.
Bequest opens with the lawyer, Richard, alone on stage, working at papers, looking anxiously at his watch, answering the telephone, walking off stage-right to find a particular book, returning to answer the phone again… Three minutes pass before another character enters. Everyone with theatre experience says that being alone on stage, particularly at the start of a drama, is challenging, and three minutes can seem like a lifetime.
My two actress colleagues have browbeaten me into taking the role of Richard. And I’ve never acted on stage in my life. So the Festival will open with a completely novice actor on stage at the start of a brand new, never-previously-performed play.
Do the organisers imagine that this will get the Festival off to a strong start, setting the bar high for the other theatre companies whose work is to follow? If so, I fear they might be disappointed!
Nevertheless, have I ever refused a challenge? Well, not one of this kind, anyway.
But please wish me luck; and if you join the audience on the Night of Doom, please don’t be too unkind!