Happy Birthday

The Writers Group

The Writers Group

Today is the one year anniversary of the Writing for Performance Group which began in May 2011.

Last month the group presented its second script-in-hand rehearsed reading, Town with No Traffic Wardens. TWNTW as it became known, largely due to the length of the title, was different from the first set of plays Beginnings in that it was an attempt by the group to explore structuring and writing a full length play by setting a subject and working together to produce a collaboratively written project.

It began as a playful writing experiment and exercise but in April we were faced with the reality of a public audience for our group’s project. The evening surpassed expectations and as with Beginnings we have to be very thankful and appreciative of being blessed with some incredibly talented performers who were willing to give up their time for what is largely a thankless task for a performer.

The evening is about the writers and the performers largely have to bow to the wills, demands and caprices of the writers. It’s an unusual set-up really. The performers are incredibly patient and very understanding of this, far more than we writers deserve.

The group contains a varied mix of experience, some writers presenting work for the very first time, some writers presenting work in the medium of theatre for the very first time, some writers who have now written a few short plays and also some more experienced writers.

The material for Town with Traffic Wardens was a mixture of stand-alone short plays, scenario’s, scenes and sketches and all of them were pulled together into a presentation of work-in-progress. It also represented the diverse range of voices within the group and so scanned across many styles and tones.

The evening sold out. Yes, SOLD OUT to a very receptive and appreciative audience who seemed to really enjoy the cross section of offerings and the variety of light and dark in the evening.

But now on the anniversary of the group starting just one year ago with two script-in-hand rehearsed readings it’s time to move onto the next projects; a radio writing project, PlayPen -20 minute plays on any subject and the Town with No….. project as we wait to find what Aberystwyth will offer that could possibility compete with the fascinating world of news in a small town by the sea.