WRiTEON Rehearsed Readings: ‘A Mandarin Remembers’ and ‘The Contract’
David Hutchison and Trish Rawson
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.
The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today. Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement.
The Larkum Studio is accessed through the far side of the ADC Bar.