The Papatango Playwriting Festival 2011: 29 November - 23 December 2011

The Papatango Playwriting Festival 2011
29 November - 23 December 2011

Foxfinder by Dawn King
Through The Night by Matt Morrison
Rigor Mortis by Carol Vine
Crush by Rob Young

Papatango have teamed up with one of London's leading new writing venues, the Finborough Theatre to present the winning entries in the 2011 Papatango Playwriting Competition 2011, featuring this year's winning play Foxfinder by Dawn King which will play for a four week limited season from 29 November and three runners up who will each receive a one week run – Through The Night by Matt Morrison, Rigor Mortis by Carol Vine and Crush by Rob Young.

Papatango was founded by Matt Roberts, George Turvey and Sam Donovan in 2007. The company's mission is to find the best and brightest new talent in the UK with an absolute commitment to bring their work to the stage. Since then, Papatango have produced eight pieces of new writing in such venues as the Tristan Bates Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Pleasance London. 2009 saw the launch of their first Papatango New Writing Competition, which each year has gone from strength to strength.

Winners of previous competitions have won much acclaim from the press and profession including – for Angel by Matt Grinter at the Pleasance London – “Riveting performances….powerfully directed” (Jeremy Kingston, The Times critic), and “A great piece of theatre” (Steven Berkoff) and, for Potentials by Dominic Mitchell at the Tristan Bates Theatre, which was awarded four stars by WhatsOnStage, “Potentials was beautifully observed, conceived and the performances strong, witty and true. It was also British and modern – things I am passionate about” (Emma Rice, Kneehigh).

Now in its new home - the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre - this year's competition received over 600 entries from all over the UK. This year's judges included Con O'Neill (Actor), Catherine Johnson (Playwright), Matt Charman (Playwright), Colin Barr (BBC Director and Producer), Tamara Harvey (Director), Ruth Carney (Director), Neil McPherson (Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre), Van Badham (Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre) and Tanya Tillett (Literary Agent, The Rod Hall Agency).

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652
Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 November – Friday 23 December 2011

Foxfinder
by Dawn King
Directed by Blanche McIntyre

“You, Foxfinder, must be clean in body and mind. Always remember that the smallest fault in your character could become a crack into which the beast may insinuate himself, like water awaiting the freeze that will smash the stone apart.”

William Bloor, a Foxfinder, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination. What follows will change the course of all their lives, forever. Foxfinder is a gripping, unsettling and darkly comic exploration of belief, desire and responsibility.

Playwright Dawn King was one of ten writers from across the UK chosen for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme, a prestigious mentoring and support programme. Through this she is developing a new play with West Yorkshire Playhouse. She is also currently writing My One and Only, an afternoon play for BBC radio 4. Her episode of horror series The Man in Black will broadcast on BBC radio 4 Extra later this year. Previous radio work includes afternoon play 28 and episodes for the first and second series of science fiction drama Planet B for BBC radio 7. She was made co-series leader for the third series. Her recent theatre work includes Water Sculptures/Zoo double bill (Union Theatre), Face Value (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Bitches’ Ball (Hoxton Hall), National Tour and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh) and Doghead Boy and Sharkmouth Go To Ikea (The Junction, Cambridge). Previous work has received performances, workshops and readings at; Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre503, Arcola, Old Red Lion, Etcetera Theatre, The Latitude Festival, Resonance FM and The Union Theatre. Dawn was a member of both the Soho Theatre and Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programmes and holds an MA distinction in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University, London.

www.dawn-king.com

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed the sell-out productins of Accolade and Molière or the League of Hypocrites. She was the winner of the first Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors. She was Associate Director at Out of Joint in 2010, and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio London and the Finborough Theatre in 2009. Directing includes When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios), Pinching For My Soul (Focus Theatre, Dublin), Robin Hood (Latitude), Open Heart Surgery (Soho Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), Wuthering Heights (National Tour), The Revenger’s Tragedy (BAC), The Master and Margarita (Greenwich Playhouse), Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), Doctor Faustus, The Devil Is An Ass and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as Told to Carl Jung by an Inmate of Broadmoor Asylum (White Bear Theatre), Cressida and The Invention of Love (Edinburgh Festival), Prometheus Bound (Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford). She was also Associate Director on The Big Fellah (Out of Joint 2010 and 2011 tours). Blanche also works as a writer and librettist.

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Tuesday, 6 December– Sunday, 11 December 2011
Through The Night
by Matt Morrison
Directed by Matt Grinter

"These things happen all the time, of course. But when it’s close. When it happens in your ‘sphere’. Usually these things don’t touch us. But there is this dark side to certain people, certain communities. And it’s a reminder to the rest of us, of how vulnerable we all are."

Through the Night is a terrifying psychological thriller about the lengths people will go to in order to protect the ones they love. Set over a single evening, it explores questions of class and violence, and how they have the potential to destroy the things we cherish most.

Playwright Matt Morrison's play Inside Out was produced at the inaugural HighTide festival. Since then he has written work for theatres and companies including the Gate Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, DryWrite, The Miniaturists, The Old Vic Tunnels, In The Same Boat and Menagerie. His play Marchers was developed in conjunction with The National Theatre Studio and performed at The White Bear Theatre. His next play, Brightest and Best, will be produced by We Were Here in early 2011, directed by Natalie Ibu. Matt has also written short stories, radio comedy for the BBC, and two non-fiction books.

Director Matt Grinter trained at the Bristol Old Vic Directors Course. Theatre includes A Great Undertaking in Little America (Alma Tavern, Bristol; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; and the White Bear Theatre, London), Eddie Kings Unforgettable Tour of the Forgotten (Tobacco Factory, Bristol) and Orphans (Alma Tavern, Bristol, and Trafalgar Studios). His writing credits include Angel (Tristan Bates Theatre and Pleasance London.) His film credits include Tealeaves (shown at the Tate Gallery, the Royal Academy Summer Show and the Glynn Vivian Gallery), Yukka (Best in Brief at the Kodak Awards) and Small Talk (Encounters, Palm Springs).

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Tuesday, 13 December–Sunday, 18 December 2011
Rigor Mortis
by Carol Vine
Directed by Kate Budgen

After years of absence, Martin returns, a middle-aged, quietly broken man, to visit his parents in the house he grew up in. The fraught relations between Martin and Layla, the daughter he abandoned many years before, echo Martin's conflicted history with his own past, which he must now confront - along with the childhood event that shaped the course of his life. In this ugly coastal town, through a bitterly cold spring, extraordinary things happen to normal people as they struggle to find meaning and redemption in their lives.

Playwright Carol Vine originally trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, before deciding to devote herself fully to writing. She later gained an MA in Screenwriting at the University of the Arts, London. She has been short-listed and long-listed for various awards in the past, including the Kings Cross New Playwriting Award, BBC Talent, Channel 4's Coming Up and the Red Planet Prize. She has also had two short films made, Rise and Irreparable - showcased in the West End and at Clapham Picture House. Carol has written treatments for the musicals Zorro and Always Summer for Adam Kenwright Associates and International Theatre and Music. Her other plays include a one-woman show, Whore, which was commissioned for the Tabard Theatre, a musical The Trash Christ performed at the Soho Theatre, and an excerpt from her adaptation of Pegwell Bay performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre and the Rocliffe Forum. Carol recently completed a new play, Borderland, and a sitcom pilot.

Director Kate Budgen completed an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College in 2007 and has been Associate Director at Shropshire based Pentabus Theatre since 2008. Recent directing includes Crossed Keys (Eastern Angles), A New Breed (Jersey Arts Trust), May Fair (Latitude Festival), Tales of the Country (National Tour for Pentabus Theatre), Miriam Gonzalez Durantez (Theatre 503) and Bedbound (Lion and Unicorn Theatre). She has worked as an Assistant Director for The Gate Theatre, Almeida Theatre, The Opera Group, Pentabus Theatre and for Opera North. She completed the National Theatre Studio Director Course in May 2010 and she is a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre. She was runner up in the 2010 JMK Director Award with The Hairy Ape which will be produced in 2012.

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Monday, 19 December–Friday, 23 December 2011
Crush
by Rob Young
Directed by Laura Casey

"Everything they tell you is a lie. Babies aren't cute, the sixties didn't swing and there's no such thing as safe sex. Citizen Kane was not the best movie, so what the stupid ball rolls off the table. Santa Claus is a fat, boozy actor and that cafe that sells an 'all day' breakfast? It shuts at 5.30. My point being, they lied. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar."

Rob researched Crush by spending ten years in a catty office, full of growling sexual subtext. The play tells the story of Johnny and his doomed crush on Celia, the office bitch. The trouble is, she's shagging Nudds, a man whose voice is so smooth, he can wriggle his tongue between two coats of paint. And that is where the story ends. Until... click, click, click... in minces Laura, in killer heels. As Bitch 2.0, Laura makes Celia look like an amateur. What starts out as handbags at dawn, soon descends into a filthy labyrinth where life itself hangs in the balance, culminating in a victorian theatrical spectacle of literally breathtaking proportions. For Crush, think crisp white blouses, an office tango and a flirt to the death.

Playwright Rob Young's feature film, Miranda, starred John Hurt and Christina Ricci. It won the Audience Award at London's Raindance Film Festival and sold in twenty two countries. He has since been commissioned to write original screenplays for BBC Films, Filmfour and Working Title, as well as TV scripts for the BBC and Channel 4. Rob's musical, Ex, premieres on Soho Theatre's main stage in November 2011. His adaptation of Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize winning novella, The Old Man and the Sea, won the Award for Artistic Excellence at last year's Brighton Festival before transferring to a sell-out run at the Arcola Theatre and a five week run at the Riverside Studios in 2011. Rob has previously written three plays for the Finborough Theatre – Tango 'til You're Sore, Suicide and Manipulation and Surfing. His other theatre includes Obsession (Time Out Critics' Choice), The Shoe Shop of Desire (BAC and BBC2 documentary) and The Man with the Absurdly Large Penis (The Young Vic). Rob is the co-founder of the art group, The Curious Guide.
www.robyoung.info

Director Laura Casey works in both Germany and the UK. She is Artistic Director of Magpie Blue Productions and Associate Director for Upstart Theatre. Directing includes The Old Man and The Sea, adapted by Rob Young (Shorelines Festival, Riverside Studios, Arcola Theatre, Kaskelot, a pirate ship in Charlestown Harbour and Little Marlborough Theatre, Brighton), Rubies in The Attic (Jermyn Street Theatre and Riverside Studios), Mods and Rockers (Tristan Bates Theatre), Deep and Crisp and Even and The Christmas (Site Specific in SW6); England (The Karamel Club) and Urban Legends (Krudttonden, Copenhagen). Assisting includes Yerma (Hull Truck Theatre and Gate Theatre), Shakespeare on Edge which was nominated for Kölner Theaterpreis 2011 (Artheatre, Cologne), Oh Well Never Mind Bye (Union Theatre) and The Lover and The Dumb Waiter (Krudttonden, Copenhagen).

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Tuesday, 29 November – Friday 23 December 2011

Foxfinder
Tuesday, 29 November – Friday 23 December 2011
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 8.30pm, with matinees on Saturday at 3.00pm and Sunday at 4.30pm (as listed in the schedule below)
Prices for Weeks 1 and 2 (29 November –11 December 2011) – Tickets £13, £9 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £9 all seats, and Saturday evenings £13 all seats.
Previews £9 all seats.
£5 tickets for under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday of the run only.
Prices for Weeks 3 and 4 (13 December –23 December 2011) Tickets £15, £11 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £11 all seats, and Saturday evenings £15 all seats.

Through The Night
Tuesday, 6 December– Sunday, 11 December 2011
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 6.30pm. Sunday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets £13, £9 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £9 all seats, and Saturday evenings £13 all seats.

Rigor Mortis
Tuesday, 13 December–Sunday, 18 December 2011
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 6.30pm. Sunday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets £13, £9 concessions, except Tuesday evening £9 all seats, and Saturday evening £13 all seats.

Crush
Monday, 19 December–Friday, 23 December 2011
Monday to Friday evenings at 6.30pm.
Tickets £13, £9 concessions, except Monday evening £9 all seats, and Friday evening £13 all seats.

All the shows have either adult themes, strong language or sexual content meaning these plays are not suitable for children.
Performance length: All plays are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval.

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