2016 OPEN SESSION WRITERS
SUMMER ROLLS by Tuyen Do (Cheltenham) A Vietnamese family come to seek peace in the UK but the fight to survive still carries on. Status back home means nothing now, as the divide between family members widens, and threatens to pull them all apart.
WONDER BOY by ROSS WILLIS (Bristol) A schoolboy struggles with a severe stammer, helped by his teacher. He’s contested over by a comic book creation from his own mind – Captain Chatter – and taunting supervillain William Shakespeare.
STANLEY AT THE BEAUFORT by MARY INGOLDBY (Bristol) Eccentric English artist Stanley Spencer worked as an orderly in Bristol’s Beaufort War Hospital in 1915/16 and vividly painted the everyday rituals and activities of the hard-pressed staff and the convalescing soldiers. “It’s all in the paintings” he enigmatically said, and his works inspire this play’s evocation of the endurance of an institution and the way we remember the past.
FOOTSTEPS by SKOT WILSON (Devon) When a stranger staggers towards Michael & Tomas’s campfire, their night of wild talk and whiskey is shattered. Deep in the woods between two Balkan states, the two tread carefully; in a time of war and mass migration, asking for help is a dangerous business.
BEDSITLAND by JANE SPURR (Cornwall) Terry and Blandy interpret all the people they hear through the paper-thin walls of their bedsit: including ‘Woman Who Lives In A Cupboard’, the shouty husband ‘6 o’clock Nuts’, and the local supermarket detective – ‘Poirot’.
THE GREAT DOG PAN by TOBY PARKER REES (Devon) Retirement goes dark via dog walking in this monologue play for an older actress. Perhaps they expected sedate twilight years, but when their dogs keep finding things in the bushes the dog walking group encounter society’s underbelly as never before.