As part of the Portas Pilot in Sydenham, ran by SEE3, we took Cold Writing to Jill, the Community Hub on Sydenham Road. As the Portas Pilot is meant to ‘reinvent the High Street’, we set the theme of this Festival as ‘Reinvent’.
Performances of the plays took place in Jill on Thursday 21st March and Saturday 23rd March 2013.
The brilliant writers were: Ella Ashman, Kymberly Ashman , Judy Upton and Richard Walls.
The outstanding actors were: Samantha Baines, Stevie Kelly and Lucy-Grace Norris
Directed by Charlie Whitworth
WASTE by Ella Ashman
‘I told them that story of us in Cornwall; remember just you and me, rolling around in the stone sprinkled sand. Oh and remember when you got so scared by that jellyfish and you ran into my arms, like I was the biggest bravest superhero.’
CAULIFLOWER SOUP by Kymberly Ashman
‘Right, go on, tell us. Tell us how the homeless people are conning us. I’m all ears.’
‘I saw one of them – In a house.’
TRUE GRIT by Judy Upton
‘I ring the wife to tell her the good news. We were on the verge of getting divorced before I got this promotion. We’d drifted apart, during the long hours I’d been putting in. Well it was that, and her discovering a number of non work-related texts from Gemma in Environmental Health on my phone.’
WINDOW DRESSING by Richard Walls
‘Now this is adorable. Couldn’t you just die? Second hand toys. Wish the ones we bought smelt second hand. Sorry, John – that was cruel. Not your fault. Least we tried. How about we take him home. Put him in a cardboard box in the garage?’