oneACTS 2016 – a festival of new playwriting
Monday 9 May to Saturday 14 May 2016
Rupert Bear, ballet dancers, flies, secrets, and menace are just some of the themes which drive this year's oneACTS festival at the cornerHOUSE.
The feast of new playwriting comes to the arts centre in Douglas Road, Surbiton, in May 2016.
This year, the event features nine new pieces of writing which have never been staged before. They are between 15 to 30 minutes long. Four will be performed on one night and five on another, on alternate evenings throughout the 9 May to 14 May run.
The festival is in its eleventh year and has become a well established and highly respected part of the local arts scene. The plays selected to be part of this year's oneACTS are a real mix of comedy and drama. They include: Waiting for Brother by Anthony Coleman, Come Fly With Me by David Gray, A Start by Michael Barry, Ruffled Feathers by Susan Cooke, A Deathly Audience by Andrew Earnshaw, Naked Truths and Rupert and the Search for a Modern Adventure both by Michael Staniforth, and Welcome to Whitemore and Little Grains of Sand both by Andy Moseley.
Details of when the shows are on are below. If you have any problems with booking your tickets, please email email@example.com and we will endeavour to help you.
Monday 9 May / Wednesday 11 May / Friday 13 May
Waiting for Brother written by Anthony Coleman directed by Peter Brooker - A brother and sister reminisce about the past, but is the figure who haunts their memories still alive? And who has turned up to sleep in their shed?
Come Fly With Me written by David Gray directed by Yaz Nixon - Two girl flies on the cusp of adulthood speculate about life and death, food, what lies beyond the lampshade… and meeting boy flies. Then one decides it’s time they go on a little adventure.
A Start written by Michael Barry directed by Turan Duncan - A writer sits down as his laptop to create a play, but he soon finds the characters who come into his head take on a life of their own.
Ruffled Feathers written by Susan Cooke directed by Denise Rocard - The dancers in the Saga production of Swan Lake are preparing for their big moment in the corps de ballet, but then a critical review puts the cat among the pigeons as one of the soloists threatens to walk out. Can ruffled feathers be smoothed?
Tuesday 10 May / Thursday 12 May / Saturday 14 May
Naked Truths written by Michael Staniforth directed by Dina Yates - Three students are sharing a flat. They think they know each other, but soon truths will out. Naked truths.
A Deathly Audience written by Andrew Earnshaw directed by James Goldwater - Henry Cautleworth wants advice about how to live his life – he chooses to seek it, however, in a strange place.
Welcome to Whitemore written by Andy Moseley directed by Malin Erikson - Thom, the owner of a bar in a ghost town in Nebraska, is just about to shut up shop when a stranger arrives. He isn’t too pleased to see this late customer, and the customer isn’t too pleased to see Thom.
Little Grains of Sand written by Andy Moseley directed by Graham Large - Sylvie and Norman are going on holiday together; they’re going back to the place where they met, but there is one big difference about their visit to Margate this time.
Rupert and the Search for a Modern Adventure written by Michael Staniforth directed by Frances Burton - Rupert Bear and his Nutwood family and friends are trying to come up with a lead story for the 2016 Rupert Annual. But a suitably modern, politically correct adventure proves surprisingly hard to find.