|A playwriting competition by Pitchy Breath Theatre Company touring across Surrey and Sussex this November has been won by five writers, four of which are women.|
The ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition invited writers from Surrey and Sussex to submit new short plays up to 25 minutes in length as part of Horsham District’s Year of Culture using the festival’s November theme of ‘Past, Present, and Future’.
The six winning plays will tour venues across both counties as part of production Time and Time Again, including The Rialto Theatre, Brighton; The Hawth Theatre, Crawley; Matthews Yard in Croydon and finally The Capitol, Horsham.
Bradley Barlow, Artistic Director of Pitchy Breath Theatre Company, said: “From the future acid wars to an empty train platform, via writer’s block and an intergalactic space party, this year’s competition has brought us a truly brilliant selection of plays. We were overwhelmed with the quality of the plays submitted to us and we’re very excited to share them with our audiences.”
Tash Collie impressed the judges with two of her plays being selected for performance. A Love-letter from the Time of Borderism to the Time of Nuclear Fallout looks at a couple approaching their wedding day preparing their speeches but who have their minds are on bigger ideas. Gorgeous Like Something with Antlers takes the audience into the future and asks: if the love of your life begged for a second chance, would you take them back or stick with their best bits?
In Limbo from Gaëlle Stark-Ordish brings four estranged friends back together when a life-changing decision is made. Crawley-based Elodie Foray’s larger than life Small brings a star and a speck of dust to a party and invites the audience to watch as the pair work out if they can change the universe together.
A delayed train makes two women form an unlikely duo on an empty platform in Izzy Radford’s Stationary, with the competition’s only male winner Keir Gilbert-Halladey bringing us Block, in which the Ghosts of Writer’s Block Past, Present and Future visit a playwright battling with their latest creation.
Pitchy Breath are currently working with local directors to bring all six plays to life, with 13 performers from Crawley and Horsham impressing the directors in recent open auditions. For more than half the performers, this will be the first time they’ve performed with Pitchy Breath.
Time and Time Again will be staged between 3-9 November across Sussex and Surrey, and tickets are on sale now at www.pitchybreath.co.uk