PART ONE @ Ye Olde Rose and Crown
A Double Bill:
Retail Therapy & The Jailer's Daughter
Written by Hannah Whyman, directed by Caspian Cunningham.
The customer is always right, right? A farcical comedy about the ‘joys’ and realities of working in a corner shop in Yorkshire.
Retail Therapy was first staged as part of the UnDisposables’ first new writing night, Scratching the Surface.
Formerly known as Shopping Mad, the scene was a comic highlight of the night. There was huge excitement from all those involved to expand the scene, and so over several RnD workshops, Retail Therapy has been reborn.
THE JAILER'S DAUGHTER:
Written by Esther Joy Mackay, directed by Sarah Fox
We’re live in 3, 2, 1, and…
A dark modern twist on Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Two Noble Kinsmen. Centred around the role of the Jailer’s daughter, this shaken-up-Shakespeare explores the ‘pushes’ that drive this ‘wench’ to her insanity.
Esther launched the UnDisposables with a huge desire to give a platform for new writing. So far her work has featured in the past two new writing nights. Having shared the concept for The Jailer’s Daughter with other UnDisposbale members, she was encouraged to make it a part of our first season of new plays.
PART TWO @ Katzenjammers
A Double Bill:
Sugar Buddy & The Snow Angel of Antarctica
Written by Jonathan Skinner, directed by Katerina Tinnirello-Savvas
Museums. Films. Coffee shops. All nice normal things.
After a chance meeting, Felicity and Graham form an unlikely friendship, or more accurately, an agreement. But how much does it take to teach someone how to be normal, and is it really possible to pay your loneliness away?
Jonathan was selected as one of the writers in Scratching the Surface. His cleverly crafted scene Buff was picked up and presented at another new writing night shortly after. We were keen to keep him involved and see what he could do with a longer piece of work. He presented Sugar Buddy to us and we just had to make it a part of our season.
THE SNOW ANGEL OF ANTARCTICA:
Written by Victoria Connerty, directed by Madeleiene Corner
Penguins don’t bite, do they?
From England to Antarctica, Ellie and Jimmy have had quite the trip. But the end is drawing near and it’s time they face the reality of going home and getting on with life, even if it means leaving things behind.
The Snow Angel of Antarctica has been presented as a short scene in scratch nights across the world, and we were lucky enough to include it in Scratching the Surface. Following the show, Victoria confessed that she’d like to be pushed to write a full length play, and we jumped at the opportunity to lengthen this brilliant piece of work.