WORD:PLAY is back! For one week only, Box of Tricks return to Theatre503 with six brand new plays inspired by a single word.
Following the critically-acclaimed sell-out success of Word:Play 2, Box of Tricks commissioned six new playwrights to each write a fifteen-minute play inspired by a single word; for this cycle, “obsession”.
The company assembled some of the hottest emerging talent to rise to this unique creative challenge: six playwrights, who between them have already won a clutch of awards and accolades; including OffWestEnd's Adopt a Playwright Award, the Kings Cross Award, Best New Writing at the Lost Festival, winner of the Off Cut Festival, the Old Vic New Voices' 24 Hour Plays and US/UK Exchange and the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme.
Shove (Written by Kenneth Emson)
"And I started to feel like I was about to fall. Like I was about to come crashing to the floor and this feeling took me over." The story of how we fell.
That Dark Place (Written by Anna Jordan)
Nathan can't find his pen. He wants to write his confession. Constance fears the repercussions in a small community. But why are they guilty?
With (Toxic) Love From Anna (Written by Elinor Cook)
Anna's new to London. But she left her heart in Australia. A funny and heartbreaking tale of a lonely girl in a big city.
Awake (Written by Hannah Nicklin)
Flo is lost. So is J0n. A story about the new ways that we connect, disconnect, reconnect and plug ourselves into the digital age.
Struck by Love/Train (Written by Evan Placey)
Sarah fell in love today. Before she fell under a train. But she needs to break up with her husband. One woman's journey to find true love on the London underground.
Safety (Written by Marcelo Dos Santos)
Ben’s new to all this. Mark’s a grizzled veteran. Olly’s in love. Someone pass the tea. A daring black comedy set in swinging South London.
"We kick (or rather, push) off with Kenneth Emson's 'Shove'… A promisingly intriguing start and an engaging performance by Simon Darwen… Hannah Nicklin's 'Awake'… neatly engages in a poignant argument... aided by a terrific performance from Gunnarsson, evoking the spirit of a Jean-Pierre Jeunet hero. [In 'Struck by Love/Train', Natasha] James has great fun with Evan Placey's witty and poetic script…We end with Marcelo Dos Santos' 'Safety'… Dos Santos marries Pinter with Philip Ridley in a uniquely beguiling manner and the cast are excellent… Box of Tricks' evening is certainly interesting, even fascinating at times."
Box of Tricks presents
Written by Elinor Cook, Kenneth Emson, Anna Jordan, Hannah Nicklin, Evan Placey and Marcelo dos Santos
Adam Quayle & Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Sebnem Kahveci & Chris James
Tue 30th March - Sat 3rd April 2010