First time writers, take note. Writers Avenue is a theatre company that specialises in finding, developing and staging new plays by debut authors.
Founded by Artistic Director Sandra Thompson-Quartey, the troupe will be moving into its new premises at the award-winning Courtyard Theatre in Pitfield Street, Hoxton at the beginning of June.
The Courtyard’s main theatre houses 130-150 seats in its “highly flexible” space. Writers Avenue have an entire summer programme of new work lined up which will kick off with a virtuoso one-man show from rapper, writer and performer Conrad Murray.
The title of the show is ‘DenMarked’ – a nod to one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquists, we presume.
The official promo describes Murray’s work as “a combination of hip-hop and theatre”, and an “honest, raw and humorous show told through segments of blistering beatbox, guitar and Shakespeare-infused story-telling – live-mixed with a loop station.”
Murray’s show is based on his “hair-raising experiences of growing up on a council estate – making friends, making mistakes, telling stories and getting out.”
DenMarked kicks off on 12th June, with a press night on 13th June – drinks from 6pm.
And that is far from all; 6 Degrees explores the theory first propounded by Hungarian author and playwright Grigyes Karinthy that we are all just 6 introductions or less away from everyone else on this earth, through the medium of 6 short plays performed by some of the UK’s finest emerging talent.
More Manet for your Monet – The Hipsters’ Pantomime from Director Leigh Kelly is a farce centred around a farce – a debut art show from Cal St John that “descends into chaos when his friends take artistic licence too far.”
Over 2 consecutive nights, the 5th and 6th July, Georgie Morrel performs 2 60 minute shows, ‘The Morrell High Ground’, in which she tackles the “political and social implications of what it is really like to be disabled today”, and ‘A Poke In The Eye’, previously performed at the Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre, in which Georgie provides a “rollercoaster account of what it’s like to face inevitable blindness.”
Serafina Salvador tells the tale of a “disastrous love affair with power and money” describing a world in which “men are top dogs earning big bucks and women the underdogs in ‘Don’t Blame The Bankers…$toopid’.
And in ‘Boujie’, which Mountain View Academy of Theatre Arts Hassan Govia wrote, directs and acts in, a housewarming party is derailed by the arrival of some uninvited guests.
The season, which concludes on August 28th, features many other acts and young talent. For more information, click here.
Writer’s Avenue are proud to be associatied with writers including “Chris Urch” (Land of our Fathers, The Rolling Stone), and Rose Lewenstein (Now This Is Not The End).
Drama. Politics. Life. Laughs. Love. Growing up. It’s all here in one packed season. Let’s hope Writer’s Avenue enjoy being in their new home.