This event features a double-bill of script-in-hand performances of two one-act plays that made the shortlist for the WRiTEON Festival taking place this summer:
A Mandarin Remembers by David Hutchison
Sir Andrew Drummond is a former civil servant who has had a distinguished career
first in the Foreign Office and then elsewhere in government and public life. He is
visited by a researcher who is employed by an up-market version of ‘Desert Island
Discs’. She is ostensibly there to check on his choices for the programme but she is
not all that she seems, and Sir Andrew finds himself having to confront the human
consequences of policies for which he had a major responsibility.
With British troops still fighting - and dying - in the Middle East and Afghanistan,
this play explores how politicians and civil servants reach decisions which can have
fateful, and sometimes catastrophic, consequences.
The Contract by Trish Rawson
Two young people rescued from homelessness by a kindly, older and childless woman seems to be the perfect ending to cold nights sleeping rough in a doorway. But Cynthia, their landlady, proves to be a challenge to live with. Who keeps knocking on the door? And why won't she answer it? Insistent on changing the 'contract' which she thinks binds them together, Joe and Deborah find their lives much more of a challenge than they could possibly have envisaged. But living with Cynthia has affected their mental health. Will they manage to escape and if so, how?
There will be a short interval between the two plays.
From Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 July WRiTEON will be performing the six plays that were selected to be fully staged. They will be performed at all three of the ADC venues: the ADC Auditorium, the Corpus Playroom, and the Larkum Studio.