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Write Away Challenge

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Untamed and The Old Rep Theatre bring their newly anticipated Write Away to the stage.

A few weeks ago, we announced the Write Away challenge for new or seasoned writers. The challenge was to write a script, story, or poem to the specific theme – Regeneration. After receiving many fantastic entries, they have picked some great work to be showcased on stage on Friday 5 April.

It is a lovely opportunity to hear writers’ words come to life in front of a live theatre audience, as well as give helpful feedback and network with local artists.

We will also have a judging panel on the night who will choose the winning script.

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Line up

POEM ONE | REGENERATON | By Ann Colloby

The poem acknowledges both the enormous potential and the emotionally painful process of change.  The protagonist represents all who have at times felt unheard and unseen within the frenetic pace of urban life.

ACT ONE | CATERPILLARS | By Jessica Syposz |

Caterpillars’ is a monologue about a nursery worker who discovers something strange about the children in her care. Playful but unsettling, Caterpillars explores themes of post-humanism, Peppa Pig omnipotence, and what happens when the previously unbelievable becomes your everyday reality.

ACT TWO | NO WRINKLES | By John Bradburn

Shelly thought it was love; but sometimes we can’t see the dangers so close to home. ‘No Wrinkles’ is a monologue about becoming someone else as the result of a violent attack.

MONOLOGUE | A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW | By Danielle J Gearing

A Hard Pill to Swallow’ follows Tessa, a woman in her late twenties trying to navigate the regeneration of her mind, body and… life as she juggles career challenges, boyfriend troubles and the everyday endurance sport of being a woman.

ACT THREE | EGGS: COUNTDOWN TO NOWRUZ

By Edward Mulryne | This short play tells the story of a couple getting ready to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. They may bicker, but the magic of the Nowruz celebration (and an ornithological intervention) make sure they never lose sight of what’s most important in their lives.

STORYTELLING | WILL MY LIFE BE THE SAME AGAIN? | By Temitayo Olofinlua

Sometimes, childbirth comes with questions. In ‘Will My Life Ever Be the Same Again?”, two women deal with post-partum depression in different ways; one, armed with prayers, the other with medicine.

ACT FOUR | RAIN-SOAKED HEARTS | By Daniel Shakespeare

On the surface, ‘Rain-Soaked Hearts’ tells a familiar tale to these shores: pestering those around you with idle chat while waiting for the rain to stop. But the piece eventually transforms into a story of waning love and unlikely bonds, told with a warmth that’s always welcome during a downpour.

ACT FIVE | REGENERATING NOW | By Mollie Leivars

Reflecting on the rise of AI generated revenge porn, ‘Regenerating Now’ sheds light on how much of an impact it can have on someone’s life and what our future may look like.

ACT SIX | FRUIT FLY | By Upasana Kadam & Alessandra Piemontese

Josie is sad. Roland is not. They’re both overworked and underpaid. Join them as they open the cafe for a completely fine and normal day- wait… was that a fly?

POEM TWO | ALL OF ME +29 | By Chloe Massey

All of me + 29, is a reflection of our own process of regeneration we go through as humans. Particularly for women, as we move through life, our journey of ageing is a constant battle between how we view ourselves and how society views us.

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