FIVE DAY PLAYS
Winning entries from Chichester Festival Theatre's lockdown project brought to life as audio plays
Performed by Lucy Briers, Adam Buchanan, Keir Charles, Dickon Gough, Grace Molony, Henry Pettigrew, Nicola Sloane and Ashley Zhangazha
In the early days of lockdown in March, Chichester Festival Theatre initiated the 'Five Day Play' challenge: writers of all ages were invited to submit an original play written in just five days, the only rules being that it had to match a short brief (for example, 'a play with two characters, one of whom has a secret to tell the other') and could not exceed 10 pages. Over ten weeks, 300 entries were received from as far away as North America.
Now, a group of professional actors, all of whom have appeared at Chichester in recent years, have recorded four of the winning entries as audio plays, co-directed by Dale Rooks and Hannah Hogg from CFT's Learning, Education and Participation team.
The result is a group of highly entertaining, funny and intriguing mini-plays, performed by a crack cast, and available to listen for free on Chichester Festival Theatre's Soundcloud channel: visitwww.cft.org.uk/fivedayplay
BLUE MOON by David Kinder (original brief: dancing in the moonlight)
Sparks fly when the past catches up with a left wing journalist and a Tory politician at a party conference gala.
Cast: Lucy Briers (Forty Years On, Young Chekhov) as Anushka and Keir Charles (Quiz) as Simon.
David Kinder is an English teacher and former actor who has written on and off throughout his life, but this is his first play to be performed by professional actors; he lives on the Sussex/Hampshire border.
BACKBONE by Louis Turner (original brief: two characters, A and B, and B has a secret to tell A)
Secrets, lies, evidence and Pamela.
Cast: Henry Pettigrew (Quiz) as A, and Ashley Zhangazha (The Country Wife) as B.
Louis Turner trained at Guildford School of Acting and now lives in West London where he co-runs a showreel company. This is his first play; his second short film 'Bluebells on the Mountain' will be released soon.
SIGNS OF LIFE by Hannah Crouch (original brief: a historical character)
Mary Shelley has a horror story to write. As a storm rages, where will inspiration strike?
Cast: Keir Charles (Quiz) as Frankenstein, Olivia Dickens (CFYT's The Wizard of Oz) as Young Mary, Dickon Gough (The Midnight Gang) as William & Creature, Grace Molony (The Watsons) as Mary, and Ashley Zhangazha (The Country Wife) as Percy.
Hannah Crouch, who lives in Bristol, completed a BA Creative Writing degree at Bath Spa University; her first play was due to be produced this year until cancelled by the pandemic.
ROCK POOL by Alexander Wiseman (original brief: your favourite place in the entire world)
A young man is drawn irresistibly back to the seashore, but a strange encounter leads to a revelation.
Cast: Adam Buchanan (The Butterfly Lion) as B and Nicola Sloane (Flowers for Mrs Harris, The Butterfly Lion) as A.
Alexander Wiseman comes from Chichester but is currently living in Norwich, where he recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA in Scriptwriting and Performance and will shortly embark on their Scriptwriting MA course.
All four plays are now available to listen to on SoundCloud via the CFT website atwww.cft.org.uk/fivedayplay.