GAP Salon at Postscript
Tuesday, June 3 at 8PM
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
Please join us for three new short plays by GAP Salon members Tim Kiely, Maev Mac Coille, and Marianne Powell. Following the performance, GAP Salon cofounder Amy Clare Tasker will moderate a discussion with the writers, directors, and audience about themes of gender in the evening’s plays and in our contemporary theatre.
Skylight presents a weeklong festival of new writing at the Drayton Theatre. Launched in 2013, Skylight is dedicated to developing and promoting new work and new writers. The GAP Salon is delighted to partner with Skylight and the Drayton Theatre to showcase new work by our members.
£6 tickets are available here.
Check out the other nights of the Postscript Festival on the Drayton Theatre website.
The Madonna at 53
written by Maeve Mac Coille
directed by Sofia Apospori
featuring Allie Croker, Rachel Dobell, Lucy Fyffe, and Heather Page
You can’t make someone happy.
Maev Mac Coille is a playwright from Dublin, currently based in London. She was a member of the Abbey Theatre New Playwrights Programme 2012-13, and has been long listed for the papatango and Verity Bargate competitions. She has worked with blankpages, Ten Four and Tiny Dog theatre companies, and developed the script for Simple Procedures in collaboration with JEu Theatre Company. She has written for radio as well as the stage, with “So, There’s This Girl,” and “Darkness into Light” produced by HuRiCa Productions. Her work has been performed at the LiT Space, The Dogstar, The White Bear and Theatre 503 in London, and the Courtyard Theatre in Brisbane. She won the St Andrew’s Young Playwright of the Year award in 2002.
Week One, Going on Two
written and directed by Tim Kiely
featuring Flossie Draper and Bess Roche
Could you stand up in court and defend someone accused of rape?
Jessica Fine QC does it for a living.
And on certain days she even shows her pupil how she does it: with difficulty.
Tim Kiely has just finished his Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School, and is not at all worried that it might be starting to influence his writing. Outside of his work with the GAP Salon he is also a facilitator for the pilot charity ‘Great Men Value Women’, working in all-boys secondary schools and leading debates about the place of men in feminism and gender-rights issues. He is a member of the rep theatre company ‘Sovereign Arts’, with whom he has performed ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Twelfth Night’, and recently featured with his fellow-performers at the close of the V&A’s Shakespeare anniversary celebrations.
A Short Presentation About Love
written by Marianne Powell
directed by Kate Murphy
featuring Robert Boulton and Hayley Wareham
Take a seat. Settle down. There’s orange squash at the back and the presentation won’t take long. So long as Christophe, 17, remembers all the important information he’s looked up on Wikipedia. And so long as Ellie remembers to turn up to help. And he probably shouldn’t have invited his gran. Still. What could possibly go wrong?
Marianne Powell writes plays. Her work has been staged at the Southwark Playhouse, Etcetera Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre. She co-founded Budapest Secret Theatre while living and working in Hungary. Her first full-length play, Hangovers, premiered in 2013 in Budapest. She’s currently working on her second full-length play.
The Creative Team
The Madonna at 53
Sofia Apospori (director) is a director, producer and emerging theatre scholar. She has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and a MA in Theatre (Applied Theatre), both of which were awarded by Royal Holloway; currently, she is completing her PhD thesis on non-visual spectatorship. Sofia specialises in producing, devising and directing work that is accessible to audiences of multiple abilities. She recently directed Rockaby in the Dark, a production for an audience of multiple visual abilities and has devised a number of applied theatre projects, whose context ranges from theatre in health and care to cultural heritage work. Sofia has also produced in the commercial sector, The Meddlers Theatre Company’s Socrates and his Clouds (Jermyn Street Theatre) being the latest production she was involved in.
Allie Croker (Laura) trained at The Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre following a degree in Drama & Music. Allie’s theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Dick Barton Special Agent, The Odd Couple, Engagement With Murder (Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company), onewoman show Jordan (Richard Jordan Productions), Days of Wine and Roses, Taking Steps, Around the World In 80 Days, (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick), Fear and Misery In the Third Reich (Watford Palace Theatre), Dorian Gray (Ruby In the Dust/Leicester Square Theatre), Forever In Your Debt (Foursight Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aladdin, Robinson Crusoe, (Lanternfish /Maltings Arts Theatre), Mother Goose (The Theatre Chipping Norton), and A Floating Brothel (Negativequity/Lichfield Garrick).
Rachel Dobell (Maggie) most recent stage roles include Evelyn, A Wedding Story (Tristan Bates Theatre), Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet (Earl Haig Hall, London); Marion, A Woman of No Importance …. Or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow (Hen & Chickens, London); Frau Bergmann/Professor Fliegentod, Spring Awakening (Brockley Jack Theatre, London). Rachel has also appeared in musicals, commercials, short/training films and historical, site specific productions.
Lucy Fyffe (Joanne) studied English Literature at the University of Oxford, where she started acting. Her recent credits include Fog of Sex, a documentary directed by Christopher Morris, and several shows with interactive theatre company Oneohone. She is currently training in classical drawing and painting at the London Atelier of Representational Art.
Heather Page (Clara) trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and her first professional role was Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest for the Scandinavian Theatre Company. Other early theatre appearances include Grace Wellborn in Bartholomew Fair, Ann in Prisoners of the War and Sorel in Hay Fever for the University Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls for the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Jaimie in Kingdom Coming for The Roundhouse, London and Nancy in Oliver! for the Royal Theatre, Northampton. She has also played Helen in A Taste of Honey, also for the Royal Theatre, Northampton and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible for the Belgrave Theatre, Coventry, Princess Vicky in the London premiere of Blood and Iron at the Tristram Bates Theatre, London, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for London’s Courtyard Theatre, Duncan in an all-female Macbeth and the Judge in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for the CL Theatre Company. She appeared at the Drayton Arms last year as Jan in Will Howell’s monologue Victoria Mews and as Grandmother in Joseph Lidster’s Ghosts.
Many television appearances include Parkin’s Patch, Z-cars, Fall of Eagles, The Flaxton Boys, General Hospital, Churchill’s People, The Onedin Line, Special Branch, The Chinese Detective and The Borgias.
Her film roles include Murder on the Orient Express, Comrades, Sleepwalker, The Killing Zone and Blade Runner.
Week One, Going on Two
Flossie Draper studied Classics at University College, Oxford, where she was president of the Univ. Players. Some of her favourite roles were Anya in Nude With Violin, Lady Rumpers in Habeas Corpus and Elizabeth in Richard III. She has since performed experimental numbers and comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe, recorded with Resonance FM, and regularly performs with the Sovereign Arts Co., who take fresh readings of classic plays into interesting spaces, to critical acclaim, most recently Twelfth Night and Hamlet. She also recently performed for the launch of the book The Hamlet Doctrine at the Tate Modern. Her main passions are language, translation (German-English) and acting/performance. Flossie also works as a music product editor and organist.
Bess Roche is an actress living and working in London; her acting experience includes Top Girls at the Burton Taylor Studio, Stoning Mary, Love’s Labour’s Lost, UBU Roi at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Medea at the Burton Taylor Studio, After the Dance, As You Like It, Antarctica for the Oxford New Writing Festival, Machinal, OUDs tour at the London Arcola Theatre, the Oxford Castle and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has also designed costumes for productions at the Oxford Playhouse including Call of the Wild and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She performed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Twelfth Night and as Ophelia for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth this year.
A Short Presentation About Love
Kate Muphy (director) studied Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts, graduating in 2011.Directing credits: Resident Director at the Colour House Theatre for the 2013 Season, Saying Yes by Lisa Cagnacci (Etcetera Theatre),The Other Plans by Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt (Abbeyfest), Room At The Inn by Thomas Wilshire (London Tour), I’m Alright by Perdita Stott (93 Feet East), Solid Silver by James Brockett (The London Theatre), Loot by Janice Hallet (Tara Arts), Gym by Paul Aitchison (93 Feet East), The Maids by Jean Genet translated by Neil Bartlett (The Cockpit Theatre) Country Music by Simon Stephens (Karamel Club), Satin N Steel by Amanda Whittington (Karamel Club). Kate is also Artistic Director of all female new writing company, Spearshaker Theatre.
Robert Bolton (Christophe) has been performing in London and the South East since graduating with a Masters in Theatre from the University of Kent. He is delighted to work on the challenges of new writing such as A Short Presentation on Love, Christophe being a particularly fun and tunnel-visioned undertaking. Roles include Ernesto Roma in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bob Gould in Speed-the-Plow, Leon Zat in Sppeaking in Tongues, Colin in No One Sees the Video, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Katurian in The Pillowman.
Hayley Wareham (Ellie) trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Since graduating at the end of last year she has been pursuing new writing in the theatre. Roles include: Samantha in ‘Honeybees’ at The Greenwich Theatre and Emma in ‘9 Lives’ (rehearsed reading) at The Hope Theatre. Hayley is currently in rehearsals for ‘Social Class’ as part of Little Pieces of Gold at The Park Theatre.