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VIBRANT 2016 

– A FESTIVAL OF FINBOROUGH PLAYWRIGHTS 

Now in its Eighth Year

 
30 October - 17 November 2016

Our annual explosion of new writing returns for the eighth consecutive year

“The jewel in the crown of the London fringe... Probably the most influential fringe theatre in the world” Time Out 

Gerry Moynihan
Colleen Murphy
Jim Nolan
Sarah Page
Micah Smith
James Anthony Tyler

The Earl’s Court Film Festival 2016

After Orlando International Theatre Action
Curated by Blair Baker, Zac Kline and Caridad Svich for Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport
with plays by
Oladipo Agboluaje, Deborah Asiimwe, Elaine Avila, Mando Alvarado, Jaisey Bates, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Mia Chung, J. Julian Christopher, Cecilia Copeland, Migdalia Cruz, Nathan Davis, Michael Dinwiddie, Erik Ehn, Georgina Escobar, Andy Field, Lindsey Ferrentino, Eric Mayer-Garcia, Mark Gerrard, Ryan Gielen, Leo Cabranes-Grant, Jacqueline Goldinger, Garret Groenveld, Dipika Guha, Jeremy O. Harris, Amina Henry, Israel Horovitz, Max Kolaru, Zac Kline, Alexander Kveton, Neil Labute, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Andrea Lepcio, EM Lewis, Joan Lipkin, Jessica Litwak, Anders Lustgarten, Jennifer Maisel, Rohina Malik, Oliver Mayer, Jeff McMahon, Chiori Miyagawa, Winter Miller, Ryan Oliveira, Matthew Paul Olmos, Solimar Otero, Monica Palacios, Brian James Polak, Brian Quijada, Ian Rowlands, Rita Sachdeva, Madeline Sayet, Arturo Soria, Saviana Stanescu, Lisa Schlesinger, Stephen Sewell, Crystal Skillman, David Solomon, Caridad Svich, Jordan Tannahill, Korde Tuttle, Emilio Rodriguez, Elaine Romero, Sung Rno, Anne Rumberger, Ken Urban and Leah Nanako Winker

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, its annual celebration of new writing, running between 30 October – 17 November 2016. This year's festival also includes the Earl's Court Film Festival 2016, and the European premiere of the After Orlando International Theatre Action, 70 short plays inspired by the Orlando nightclub shooting earlier this year.

As always, this year's festival features an eclectic and idiosyncratic selection of staged readings of new works by UK and international playwrights, both established and new, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.

A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the UK's most exciting theatres as we continue to discover and develop tomorrow's plays today, brought to life by some of the UK's most talented actors and directors – including two brand new writers discovered through last year’s ‘Introduce Yourself’ initiative, part of last year’s Vibrant Festival.

Since our first festival in 2009, our Vibrant festivals have included more than 100 new plays, more than 20 of which have gone on to be produced in full productions at the Finborough Theatre including Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill, The Man by James Graham, And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace, Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten, Carthage by Chris Thompson, Nona Shepphard and Craig Adams' musical version of Thérèse Raquin and This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui. Plays that went on to be produced by other theatres have included Bull by Mike Bartlett at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and The Stock Da’Wa by David Eldridge at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.

Despite remaining completely unsubsidised, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Chris Thompson, Jack Thorne, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten; and directors including Blanche McIntyre, Robert Hastie and Sam Yates.

Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights is again curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, and twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.

WEEK ONE - 30 October - 3 November 2016

Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 7.30pm

CONTINUITY
by Gerry Moynihan. Directed by Shane Dempsey.

A forensic examination of the soul of an Irish ‘freedom fighter’. Pádraig Devlin is a dissident Irish Republican, who begins to have doubts about his commitment to The Cause after he meets and falls in love with a woman from Barcelona. Soon after meeting her, Pádraig botches three assignments in a row, which doesn’t go unnoticed by the other two members of his terrorist cell. They decide to test the love-struck Pádraig’s commitment. Has falling in love really weakened the resolve of a man determined to re-ignite the struggle for Irish freedom, and whose Republican credentials are beyond reproach? And just exactly what kind of test do they plan to set him? And how will Pádraig react when he discovers that he’s being tested…

Playwright Gerry Moynihan is a writer and self-taught musician from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He graduated in 2012 with an M.A. in Screenwriting from The University of the Arts London. His other works include King Billy And The Popes, Bundle, The Lightning Rod, and a short film script entitled Status Dogs. His first staged piece, a short play entitled Skiver was staged at the Brockley Jack Theatre. Another short piece entitled Cailleach Óg won The Blackshaw Theatre’s New Writing Night 2016 Award, which he is currently developing into a full length play, due to be premiered in 2017. He has also published one short story, Phantom Limbs. Continuity is his first full length play, inspired by the experience of his hometown of Omagh being bombed in 1998 and its aftermath. Gerry’s play was discovered through last year’s ‘Introduce Yourself’ initiative, part of last year’s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.

Director Shane Dempsey returns to the Finborough Theatre where he directed the epic The Non Stop Connolly Show by Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden this spring. Recent work includes The Master and Margarita (The Bussey Building and Te Pooka Edinburgh), Seven Jewish Children (Arcola Theatre), LOL by Lee Mattinson (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea), The Bay (Theatre503, The Space and Te Pooka, Edinburgh) and The Girl In The Box (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, and RADA Studios). Assistant Direction includes assisting Nicolas Kent Called to Account (Tricycle Theatre), Jamie Lloyd on The Caretaker (Tricycle Theatre), Suzanne Gorman on Moonwalking In Chinatown (Soho Theatre). He has run Stagecraft – one of Ireland's leading youth theatre's – since 1998 including programming work from Moira Buffini, Enda Walsh and Jack Thorne. He is also the founding member of Fragments, a dynamic physical ensemble in LondonShane was funded by The Arts Council of Ireland to train as a director at E15 Acting School. He went on to be invited to observe Lev Dodin of the Maly Theatre of St Petersburg in Paris and has also observed actor training in Moscow at the Vakhtangov Theatre. He has also led workshops in New York, Bangkok, Moscow and Beijing. His work also includes a landmark digital film archive, Mothers of Modern Ireland – A People's History www.mothersofmodernireland.com

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Monday, 31 October 2016 from 1.00pm

AFTER ORLANDO International Theatre Action
Curated by Blair Baker, Zac Kline and Caridad Svich for Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport.

In partnership with Missing Bolts Productions Inc. (Blair Baker and Zac Kline, artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press (Caridad Svich, founder), the Finborough Theatre presents the European premiere of After Orlando International Theatre Action, a collection of just under 70 short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. The all-day reading will also be the first time in the world that all of the plays of the action will be heard in one continuous performance.

After Orlando International Theatre Action is an international playwright driven theatre action including over seventy playwrights from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Africa. Plays have been specifically written and curated in response to this tragic event and will be performed across the US and in the UK throughout the autumn including readings in New York City (Rattlestick Theatre, LGBT Center, Abingdon Theatre, and HERE); Los Angeles (Theatre @ Boston Court, The Road Theatre, East West Players and EST-LA); Seattle (Forward Flux Productions and Cornish College); Portland, Oregon (Artists Repertory Theatre and Boom Arts): Washington, DC (Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center); Philadelphia (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Boston (Brandeis University) and many more theatres and universities across the United States and internationally.

Playwrights include both noted and emerging voices in the theatre including Israel Horovitz, Neil Labute, former Finborough Playwright in Residence Anders Lustgarten, Jordan Tannahill, Caridad Svich, Lindsey Ferrentino, Stephen Sewell, and many, many, more.

Missing Bolts Productions is an independent production group devoted to new works for theatre and film. They present big stories in little moments – plays and films that are heartbreakingly human; that reject artifice and show humanity and its smallest and fullest. Their work closely examines characters searching for the missing pieces in their lives and strives to show real people who are on the journey from lost to found, believing that the most fascinating aspects of life and art are the moments in-between the moments. Past work includes sold-out productions in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Figment Festival on Governors Island, and the award-winning short film Pauline. Co-artistic director Blair Baker currently understudies two principal roles in the Tony-Award winning play The Humans by Stephen Karam.

NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press was founded by OBIE-Winning playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance and press devoted to expressions of aesthetic and cultural difference through performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. NoPassport exists as a virtual and live forum for the exchange of work and dreams, a network between theatres and the academy, and a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers and musicians. The mentoring of younger artists is also a key component of NoPassport’s mission. Past events include conferences at The Gallatin School, New York University, Arizona State University-Tempe and international reading schemes for the plays The Way of the Water and Spark and Upon the Fragile Shore, each read at over fifty theatres and Universities, including The Lark Play Development Center and New Dramatists.

www.missingbolts.com @MissingSBolts
www.nopassport.org @FragileShore

1.00pm Programme 1. Directed by Tommo Fowler.
Everybody Gets A Stick by Deborah Zoe Laufer.
After Orlando by Oliver Mayer.
The Human Traces by Anders Lustgarten.
After by Caridad Svich.
Dance On… (In Honour Of The Forty-Nine) by Ian Rowlands.
Claim by Ken Urban.
To Be Alive by Jacqueline Lawton.
Where The Hope Goes by Cecilia Copeland.
At The Store With My Daughter by Rohina Malik.
Barbar And Celeste by Israel Horovitz.

2.00pm Interval of fifteen minutes.

2.15pm Programme 2. Directed by Clare Bloomer.
Not by Chiori Miyagawa.
Corazón Roto by Mia Chung.
Rain by Korde Tuttle.
Gone Silent by Jennifer Maisel.
Pulse by Arturo Soria.
Orlando, 2:02 AM by Migdalia Cruz.
Matted by Georgina Escobar.
Sleep With Me: A Lullaby For Orlando by Amina Henry.

3.15pm Interval of fifteen minutes.

3.30pm Programme 3. Directed by Scott Le Crass.
Fun Fact by Neil LaBute.
Pistols by Andy Field.
(Ob)Scene by Jeff McMahon.
These Wings Are Meant To Fly by Zac Kline.
Before. Before. After. by Lisa Schlesinger.
The Bigger Picture by Matthew Paul Olmos.
A Mental Remix by Mando Alvarado.
Could You Love Me? by Madeline Sayet.
Julian Of Norwich And The Universal Lynch by Erik Ehn.
Part of the Action by Anne Rumberger.

4.30pm Interval of thirty minutes.

4.45pm Programme 4. Directed by Melissa Dunne.
Departure by Jordan Tannahill.
Orlando by Elaine Romero.
Why Did The Founding Fathers Give Us Guns? by Andrea Lepcio.
No Guns by Stephen Sewell.
Before by Elaine Avila.
Dance Again by Emilio Rodriguez.
He Comes Up Behind Me by Garret Jon Groenveld.
Stroboscope by Saviana Stanescu.
I Won’t Be Afraid by Jessica Litwak.

5.45pm Interval of one hour.

6.45pm Programme 5. Directed by Jonny Kelly.
Orlando Monologue by Lindsey Ferrentino.
We Are Molecules by J. Julian Christopher.
Alyl by Alexander Kveton.
Pulled Over (F.O.P.) by Michael Dinwiddie.
Til The DJ Quits Playing by Brian Quijada.
Here (Three Elegies For A Gay Club) by Ryan Oliveira.
No Me Queda Mas by Eric Mayer-Garcia and Solimar Otero.
The Healing Power Of Bright Colors by Ryan Gielen.
Our Man in Kabul by Dipika Guha.

7.45pm Interval of fifteen minutes.

8.00pm Programme 6. Directed by Lotte Wakeham.
Checkmate by Winter Miller.
Sauce by Sung Rno.
And Then The Music (Chorus For Six Voices And Six Drummers) by E.M. Lewis.
Welcome To The Now Now by Crystal Skillman.
Baby Sister by Jacqueline Goldfinger.
49 Balloons by Max Kolaru.

9.00pm Interval of fifteen minutes.

9.15pm Programme 7. Directed by Sara Joyce.
Today Is A Good Day by Katie Pearl.
The Gun Collector by Nathan Alan Davis.
Safe by Leah Nanako Winkler.
You Have To by Mark Gerrard.
I Hear Gunshots/Oigo Disparos by Brian James Polak.
Say Their Names by Monica Palacios.
The Sea by Giovanni Ortega.
Light by Dave Solomon.
Maybe S/he by Deborah Asiimwe.
Ice Cream by Oladipo Agboluaje.
Dance Orlando by Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Five Pulsations by Leo Cabranes-Grant.
Our Friends by Joan Lipkin.
They Were Dancing by Jaisey Bates.
I Tried (Excerpt) by Jeremy O. Harris.

10.15pm Ends

Director of Programme 1 Tommo Fowler returns to the Finborough Theatre, where previous work as a director includes Close to Home, I Wish To Die Singing and Obama-ology. He was also Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, working on Harajuku Girls and Sommer 14: A Dance of Death. Direction includes Griff Rhys Jones: Jones & Smith (National Tour), Mumburger (Archivist’s Gallery, Haggerston), PLAY #13 (VAULT Festival), Chibok, Monster Party (Arcola Theatre), Vesting Day (Southwark Playhouse), Tiddlywinks, The Repast and Porcelain (Theatre503), The (Accidental) Execution of Alan Bishop (Pleasance London) and Extremely Brief and Violent (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Forthcoming work includes Somewhere Else Entirely (Nuffield Theatre at the British Exhibition). Assistant Direction includes A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Print Room), Rainbow (Edinburgh Festival and winner of Fringe First Award) and Mojo Mickybo (Old Red Lion Theatre). Tommo is also a Reader for the Finborough Theatre, Bush Theatre and Theatre503, Project Manager for Living Pictures and Development Associate for ABG Productions. Last year, he was Resident Director at Westminster School.

Director of Programme 2 Clare Bloomer trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Direction includes Private View and Catastrophe (Drayton Studio Theatre and RADA Festival), Oedipus Rex (Old Red Lion Theatre), Effie’s Burning (awarded Best Play at One Act Festival, Durham) and Satin N Tat (RADA Rehearsed Reading). As an actress, theatre includes Hancock’s Finest Hour (National Tour), The Dissolution of Dominic Boot and If You’re Glad I’ll be Frank (King’s Head Theatre), the UK premiere of Crossing (Riverside Studios), The Blue Hour, All in the Timing and The Night Before Christmas (Bridewell Theatre), Phaedra (BAC), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Theatre Royal Haymarket and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). Clare also works as an acting teacher at London Studio Centre where she founded and runs LSC Actor Studio. She co-created and led two seven week courses ‘An Actor Prepares’ with Studio 8 Ibiza where she worked as a teacher. As a co-producer of Cassandra Theatre Company, Clare presented over ten rehearsed readings as part of the Old Vic New Voices programme. Forthcoming productions include Afterplay (Essential Stage at Bridewell Theatre) and a rehearsed reading of The Glasshouse (Women@RADA).

Director of Programme 3 Scott Le Crass trained as an actor at Arts Ed. He was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme. Direction includes Macbeth (The Valley of The Rocks, Devon), Sid (Arts Theatre, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, and Jersey Opera House), Every Seven Years (New Wimbledon Theatre, Theatre Bench and Illuminate Festival), Cancel The Sunshine (Hope Theatre), See Bob Run (Bread and Roses Theatre), The Killing of Sister George (London Theatre Workshop), Open House (Birmingham Rep and National Tour) and Diary of a Madman (Omnibus and Brockley Jack Studio Theatre). Assistant Direction includes Coming Up (Palace Theatre, Watford), The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep and National Tour), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Von Ribbentrop's Watch (Oxford Playhouse and Palace Theatre, Watford) and Kurt and Sid (Trafalgar Studios).

Director of Programme 4 Melissa Dunne is a theatre director, writer and dramaturg. She is Artistic Director of Papercut Theatre and has directed work in venues as diverse as Theatre503, Arcola Theatre, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Festival Hall. Direction includes I’m Not Jesus Christ (Theatre N16, supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute), I Still Get Excited When I See A Ladybird (Theatre503), Extraction (Etcetera Theatre) and The Space Between My Head And My Body (Theatre503 and Edinburgh Festival). She founded and continues to creatively manage the acclaimed XY Playwriting Festival which has been produced at Hackney Showroom, Latitude Festival, Pleasance Edinburgh and Theatre503. She has read scripts for the literary office for the National Theatre, Bush Theatre, The Verity Bargate Award and the Soho Theatre. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she teaches on the MA Writing for Stage and Media Broadcast, the MA Acting and the MA Producing courses.

Director of Programme 5 Jonny Kelly returns to the Finborough Theatre where he recently directed the European premiere of Michael Healey’s Proud, and was Assistant Director on The Hard Man and Unscorched. Direction includes A Is For Ali (Old Red Lion Theatre), Money Womb (Theatre503), The Special Relationship (Southwark Playhouse), Boys Will Be Boys (Soho Theatre), Lies (VAULT Festival), and Call Centre (New Wimbledon Theatre). Associate and Assistant Direction includes Flare Path (National Tour) and Donkey Heart (Trafalgar Studios). For two years, he was also the Assistant Director of Papatango Theatre Company. He trained at East 15 Acting School.

Director of Programme 6 Lotte Wakeham’s recent productions include The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), Fanatical (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), Twelfth Night (National Tour), Urinetown (ArtsEd), Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse), Sweet Charity (The Curve, Leicester), Danny the Champion of the World (National Tour), Rumpelstiltskin (Theatre Royal Bath and The Mac, Belfast), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Tour), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre), The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre), The Other School (St James Theatre), The Kissing-Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Austentatious (Landor Theatre). Radio includes Before They Were Famous. Lotte is Associate Director of Matilda for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She trained at Oxford University and the National Theatre Studio. @LotteWakeham

Director of Programme 7 Sara Joyce is Associate Director at the Bunker Theatre. She is currently Associate Director for Don Giovanni in a new version by Roddy Doyle, directed by Gavin Quinn, and was recently Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, and Associate Director on King Charles III by Mike Bartlett (UK Tour and Sydney Theatre Company). She was previously Resident Assistant Director at Soho Theatre. Direction includes Crestfall (Gielgud Theatre), The Quality of Mercy (Hackney Showrooms), Fixed Action Patter (The Peckham Pelican), The Win Bin, Act Without Words I; Rough For Theatre II and Catastrophe (Old Red Lion Theatre), Soho Young Playwright’s Showcase (Soho Theatre), Night Tella (Waterloo East Theatre), The Playboy Variations and Click (Ophelia Theatre) and The Wonderful World of Dissocia and The Importance of Being Earnest (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). As Assistant Director, she has worked with Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre and Steve Marmion. She is an OffWestEnd nominee for Best Director for Act Without Words I, Rough for Theatre II and Catastrophe. The Win Bin was nominated for three OffWestEnd Awards. She is co-founder of Whispering Beasts Theatre Company (Deutsche Bank Award for Drama). Forthcoming productions include Come on Over (Bunker Theatre), Service (Battersea Arts Centre) and Is She One of Us by Richard Stirling. Sara studied Drama and Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, and trained at Ècole Jacques Lecoq.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 3.00pm

PUNTS
by Sarah Page. Directed by Helen Donnelly.

Jack, a young man with a learning disability, lives at home, cared for by his devoted parents. He has needs like most other men in their twenties – his mates at the rugby club talk about nothing but getting laid, whilst Jack's most erotic experience to date is the time he was winked at by the pretty cashier in Lloyds. Desperate for her son to not feel left out, Antonia convinces her family that they should bring in a professional. So she and her husband book a prostitute to visit their home and take their son's virginity. Drawn from the playwright's interviews with sex workers, Punts is about a young man's sexual awakening and its effect on those who carefully orchestrated it.

Playwright Sarah Page returns to the Finborough Theatre where she was formerly a script reader, and her play The Sweethearts had its first performance at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights before having a full production at the Finborough Theatre in 2015. The script is published by Oberon Books and Samuel French Ltd. Sarah was a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Group, before being invited to join their Studio Writers' Group. She is Co-Founder of Raise Dark Theatre and Literary Manager of Kuleshov Theatre. Plays include The Night My Parents Went Away (Milano Theatre Festival) and Pilgrims (Etcetera Theatre). Sarah has also had performances of her work at the Arcola Theatre, The Curve, Leicester, Hackney Showrooms, Hampstead Theatre and Soho Theatre. In 2015, she was awarded a grant from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Punts has just been named as a finalist for the international Nick Darke Writers' Award 2016. The winner will be announced at an Award Ceremony held at the National Theatre on 9 November.

Director Helen Donnelly is a former Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre, where she directed Pig Girl and assisted on Almost Near, John Ferguson, Hostage Song and The Immortal Hour. She trained at Royal Holloway University of London with a MA in Theatre Directing. Direction includes The Musicians (Tricycle Theatre and Churchill Theatre, Bromley), Invisible Woman (RADA Studios, Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Festival), The Man Who Fell From The Sky (Westminster Library), Scumbags (RichMix), Corrections (Intermission Theatre), Far Away (Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast), About A Goth (Black Box Theatre, Belfast), Lead Astray (The Mac, Belfast), Sitting Up For Michael (Northern Irish Tour) and Forgotten Footfalls (Ulster Hall Group Space, Belfast). Assistant Direction includes Macbeth (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Hansel and Gretel (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Shock Treatment (King's Head Theatre) and The Return of Colmcille (Walk The Plank for Derry at Londonderry City of Culture). 

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WEEK TWO - 6-10 November 2016

The Earl's Court Film Festival 2016

Festival Producers: Sean Duffy, Caroline Tod-Richardson and Toby Brown.

One of the most innovative short film events in London, the Earl’s Court Film Festival returns for the second year featuring six locally shot and co-produced Earl’s Court Film Festival funded short films, as well as showings of an additional 12 external film submissions.

The estimated running time of each screening will be 1 hour 30 minutes including a post-film Questions and Answers session led by Festival Producers Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod-Richardson.

Earl’s Court Film Festival’s principal sponsor this year is Capital and Counties, the property development company developing the Earls Court Project. Support sponsors include Earl’s Court Community Trust, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and City Living Local Life.

PLEASE NOTE – Tickets for the Earl’s Court Film Festival are only available on the Earl’s Court Film Festival website at www.filmearlscourt.com or by calling 07789 435448.

www.filmearlscourt.com

Sunday, 6 November 2016 at 7.30pm

MISSING

Directed by Tom Young. Produced by Lupercal Productions.
When Joe starts to see Missing Person posters appear in his local park, he suspects things aren’t entirely as they seem. Why does nobody else seem to have noticed them? And what do they have to do with recent changes in weather patterns? The answer is stranger than he can imagine.
Running Time: 18 minutes.

CITY LIGHTS

Directed by Ed Wiles. Produced by Carey Thring.
The night security guard in a London office tower finds a unique way to attract the attention of a cleaner in an opposite tower.
Running Time: 9 minutes.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

Written by Jing Li. Directed by Stan Valroff. Produced by Charles Thompson.
A serial killer has just murdered his latest prey. Unfortunately for him, the victim was about to throw a party.
Running Time: 4 minutes.

MY FRIEND IVOR

Written by Jessica Madu and Aleksandra Czenczek. Directed by Aleksandra Czenczek. Produced by Adriana Kulig.
Two friends from small Polish village, Piotr and Ivor, embark on a journey to England being promised a job and better life. But soon their hopes are shattered: they’ve been lured by Roma’s gang to do slavery work with no chance to escape. Film is based on a true story. 
Running Time: 5 minutes.

UNPLUGGED

Directed by Caio Dinis. Produced by By The Way films.
A normal guy who accidentally disconnects from his normal life and is in state of disarray seeks help from professionals to return to our reality.
Running Time: 7 minutes.

KID GLOVES

Written and Directed by Julia Hart. Produced by Dan Kay. Associate Producer – Ju Shardlow.
In Earl’s Court, a lonely lady, Merle, lends a pair of gardening gloves to her younger neighbour. But this simple act tumbles her deep into a mind-expanding fantasy.
Running Time: 10 minutes.

THE NEXT STOP IS HAPPINESS WHERE THIS BUS TERMINATES

Directed by Ka Ki Wong. Produced by Jordan Klaja.
Holly, an adventurous young girl, is en route to her dream destination – Happiness. Complications arise when the no so understanding ticket inspector calls her bluff because she does not have the golden ticket.
Running Time: 5 minutes.

Questions and Answers session hosted by Festival Producers Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod-Richardson with Missing Director Tom Young, City Lights Director Ed Wiles, Keep Calm and Carry on Director Stan Valroff, My Friend Ivor Director Aleksandra Czenczek, Unplugged Director Caio Dinis, Kid Gloves Director and Writer Julia Hart, and The Next Stop Is Happiness Where This Bus Terminates Director Kaki Wong.

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Monday, 7 November at 7.30pm

THE NEXT STOP IS HAPPINESS WHERE THIS BUS TERMINATES

Directed by Ka Ki Wong. Produced by Jordan Klaja.
Holly, an adventurous young girl, is en route to her dream destination – Happiness. Complications arise when the no so understanding ticket inspector calls her bluff because she does not have the golden ticket.
Running Time: 5 minutes.

BREATHE

Written by Theo James Krekis. Directed by James Doherty. Produced by Peter Brennan.
A macho Irish Traveller becomes increasingly concerned that his young son is soft.
Running Time: 18 minutes.

THE NEW SEXY

Written and Produced by Jing Li. Directed by Eleanor Russell.
A male supermodel finds his career at risk when a newcomer starts stealing his show.
Running Time: 9 minutes.

HAVEN

Directed by Tim Porter. Produced by Mark Wind. Associate Producers – Simon Rowlings and Kadeen Boyce. An unbreakable bond between a mother and son is pushed to the very limits when they must say goodbye. Running Time: 6 minutes.

THE FOX

Directed by Henry Scriven. Produced by Seep Scriven. A news report blasting out of the radio of a sleeping undercover policeman’s car declares a well known thief nicknamed The Fox is Scotland Yard’s number one target – after he changed from being a vigilante, exclusively targeting criminals, into a violent robber preying on homes around West London. Running Time: 10 minutes.

THE NIGHTMARE ON DESKETH STREET

Directed by Dylan Holmes Williams. Produced by Ksenia Harwood. A short tragic comedy. The Nightmare on Desketh Street is a simple story with a twist, and tells the tale of Harold Miller, a lonesome thirty-something with a bizarre obsession. Harold Miller LOVES boots. Running Time: 4 minutes.

KID GLOVES

Written and Directed by Julia Hart. Produced by Dan Kay. Associate Producer – Ju Shardlow. In Earl’s Court, a lonely lady, Merle, lends a pair of gardening gloves to her younger neighbour. But this simple act tumbles her deep into a mind-expanding fantasy. Running Time: 10 minutes.

Questions and Answers session hosted by Festival Producers Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod-Richardson with The Next Stop Is Happiness Where This Bus Terminates Director Kaki Wong, Breathe Director James Doherty, The New Sexy Director Eleanor Russell, Haven Director Tim Porter, The Fox Director Henry Scriven, The Nightmare On Deskteeth Street Director Dylan Holmes Williams, and Kid Gloves Director and Writer Julia Hart.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 3.00pm

KING DAVID
by Micah Smith. Directed by Liz Carruthers.

David Cohen is president of the Jewish Society at Oxford University. When his favourite tutor is accused of being anti-Semitic, David is forced to make a choice: side with the people he loves, or stand by the tutor he admires? A new play about family and friendship, loyalty and love, Zionism, antisemitism and a kebab van.

Playwright Micah Smith is a 28 year old writer from London. He has had short plays produced at The Lowry, Salford, the St James Theatre, the Park Theatre and the Old Red Lion Theatre. This is his first full length play. Micah’s play was discovered through last year’s ‘Introduce Yourself’ initiative, part of last year’s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.

Director Liz Carruthers returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed Iain Heggie's The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer and last year’s Vibrant success – Lost At Sea by Morna Young. Born in Edinburgh, she was Scottish Arts Council Trainee Director at Perth Theatre, Staff Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and Artistic Director at Cumbernauld Theatre. She has directed plays at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Dundee Rep, Perth Theatre, the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, as well as middle and small scale touring venues all over Scotland and England. In London, her work has been seen at the Purcell Rooms, Gate Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Duke’s Head Theatre, Richmond. She has directed 43 world premieres including work by Stephen Greenhorn, Tom McGrath, Iain Heggie, Bernard MacLaverty, Jackie Kay, Louise Welsh, John McKay and Robert Llewellyn. Recent productions include The Straw Chair by Sue Glover (Hirtle and Borderline), Talking Heads by Alan Bennett (Glasgay Festival), Perfect Days by Liz Lochhead (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), MacBheatha (Made in Scotland Showcase), a one-person version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Gaelic at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and Para Handy (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Past productions have won the Guinness Pub Theatre Award, the LWT Plays on Stage Award and been nominated for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play and Best Production for Children and Young People.

WEEK THREE - 13-17 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016 at 7.30pm

DOLPHINS AND SHARKS
by James Anthony Tyler. Directed by Lydia Parker.

Isabel, Yusuf and Xiomara work at a knock-off version of Kinko’s in Harlem. Promotions are rare. Raises are rarer. But when Yusuf is given the chance to work his way up by spying on his co-worker, friendships are tested and loyalty turns out to be less valuable than cold hard cash. A searing new play about disadvantaged people colliding in a capitalistic society.

Playwright James Anthony Tyler is an award-winning playwright who holds a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University where his concentration was Playwriting. His play hop tha A was featured in Asolo Rep’s 2016 Unplugged New Play Festival. His play Dolphins and Sharks was presented in LAByrinth Theater Company’s Up Next and Barn Reading Series, Capital Stage's Playwrights Revolution Reading Series, and was a finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His play Some Old Black Man was presented at Berkshire Playwrights Lab and will receive a full-production in 2017, starring Tony Award-winning actor Roger Robinson.  He is a proud member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He was awarded The Playwrights Center’s 2015-2016 Many Voices Fellowship, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School. 

Director Lydia Parker returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed the sell out Finborough Theatre commissioned production of Our American Cousin, the play that President Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated. Originally from New York, she is Artistic Director of Over Here Theatre Company, dedicated to presenting American work to British audiences, including ObamAmerica, a two week festival of new American writing at Theatre503 in 2014. Direction includes Witch Hunt by Ben Worth (Southwark Playhouse), writing and directing A Better Pronoun for Little Pieces of Gold, for which she is an Associate Director (Old Red Lion Theatre), Ice Cream by Sarah Kosar, We Really Should Do Something by James Fritz, and Love by Madeleine Brettingham (Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse), A Big Fridge by James Fritz (Hen and Chickens Theatre and Park Theatre), Something There That's Missing by Anh Chu (Theatre503 and Edinburgh Festival), Skinhead by Jessica Brown (Write Now at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre) and Our Children Will Be Next by Suzette Coon and Write Into A War by Michelle Sewell (Theatre503). Forthcoming projects include Love, Sex and Apps by Michelle Sewell and The Beautiful Dark by Erik Gernand.

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Monday, 14 November 2016 at 7.30pm

THE BREATHING HOLE
by Colleen Murphy. Directed by Anna Marsland.

Set near a breathing hole in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic, this 500-year saga follows a polar bear from its birth in an Inuit community at the time of First Contact, though a startling encounter with the Franklin Expedition, to a profoundly moving conclusion: a meeting with a 21st century cruise ship navigating the Northwest Passage in a world now ravaged by climate change.

Playwright Colleen Murphy is the former Canadian Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre where her previous productions have included The December Man (L’homme de decembre), The Goodnight Bird, The Piper, Beating Heart Cadaver, Pig Girl and Armstrong's War. Since 2010, Colleen has been guest playwright at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada, and was Playwright-in-Residence at The Factory Theatre in Toronto in 2011/2012. Currently, as the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, Canada, she is working on four new plays, The Breathing Hole (for Stratford Festival 2017), Bright Burning (for University of Alberta 2017), Titus Bouffonius (for Rumble Theatre 2017), and O’Brian Road. Her large opera, Oksana G., with composer Aaron Gervais, will receive its world premiere in May 2017 with Tapestry Opera in Toronto. Murphy’s play, The December Man (L’homme de décembre), won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and Pig Girl was awarded the 2015 Carol Bolt Award for Drama. Murphy is also an award winning filmmaker.

Director Anna Marsland directed Horniman's Choice and the staged reading of One For All as part of Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. She is currently Resident Director on the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End. She trained on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck College, and was a finalist for the 2013 JMK Award for Young Directors. Theatre includes Macbeths (Hope Theatre), Ballistic (Brighton Fringe), Twelfth Night (Victoria Baths, Manchester), Masterclass Academy Showcase (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Secret Heart, Road, All the Ordinary Angels, What the Butler Saw and Two (ADC Theatre). Assistant Direction includes The White Devil, The Roaring Girl (Royal Shakespeare Company), Hope Light and Nowhere (Underbelly Theatre), A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent), Lady Windermere's Fan, Miss Julie, The Gatekeeper, Beautiful Thing and Good (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Othello (Rose Theatre, Bankside and Broadway Theatre, Barking) and Love and Money (Arts Educational School). As Text Assistant, theatre includes The Malcontent (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III (Shakespeare's Globe).

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 3.00pm

JOHNNY I HARDLY KNEW YE
by Jim Nolan. Directed by Robert Cavanah.

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Ireland’s Easter Rising Centenary celebrations, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a topical and provocative reflection on the challenges and complexities of remembering a troubled past. The privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and as the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate its tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

Playwright Jim Nolan is a founder member and former Artistic Director of Red Kettle Theatre Company, a former Writer in Association at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and currently Theatre Artist in Residence at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. His plays including Moonshine, The Guernica Hotel, The Salvage Shop, Blackwater Angel (seen at the Finborough Theatre in 2006), Sky Road, Brighton and Dreamland have been presented throughout Ireland and in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Jim has worked as a writer and director with some of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, including Field Day, Rough Magic and the Abbey Theatre. Jim is a member of the Irish artist’s assembly, Aosdána, and his plays are published by Gallery Press.

Director Robert Cavanah trained at Drama Centre London, graduating in 1994. Since then his work has made him a familiar face in television, theatre and film. Theatre includes leading roles at the National Theatre, Young Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and more. He has played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, the title role in Macbeth, Bernard in Arcadia, John Morrison in Men Should Weep, John Churchill in Queen Anne, Scandal in Love For Love and more. Television includes ITV’s Wuthering Heights, Cracker, Lynda La Plante’s The Governor, Kavanagh QC, Cadfael, the BBC’S Insiders, Platinum, Judge John Deed, Rose and Maloney, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Emmerdale, The Royal, Highlander, The Raven, Waterloo Road, The Borgias, Outlander, Rebus and more. Film includes Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Sahara, Pimp, Fall of the Essex Boys, The Informant, Hanuman, AB Negative, Take Down and more. As a director and writer, Robert made his debut feature film Pimp, which sold domestically and internationally in 2010. He also wrote and directed an award-winning short film, two further short films, one of which broadcast on ITV, plus episodes of Doctors, Brookside, pop promo work and commercial work for television. Forthcoming projects include two further feature films, both of which are scheduled for production in 2017/18. He is developing a television project, as well as a documentary which will shoot in New Zealand in Spring 2017, and directing Brian Friel’s After Play at the East Riding Theatre in 2017.

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TICKETS AND TIMES

Sunday 30 October - Thursday 17 November 2016

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm (except Monday, 31 October from 1pm). Thursday matinees at 3.00pm.

Tickets £5  Except After Orlando Internation Theatre Action tickets £2 for each individual Programme.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Week One – 30 October - 3 November 2016

Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 7.30pm – Continuity by Gerry Moynihan.
Directed by Shane Dempsey.

Monday, 31 October 2016 from 1.00pm – After Orlando International Theatre Action
1.00pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 1. Directed by Tommo Fowler.
2.00pm Interval of fifteen minutes.
2.15pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 2. Directed by Clare Bloomer.
3.15pm Interval of fifteen minutes.
3.30pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 3. Directed by Scott Le Crass.
4.30pm Interval of fifteen minutes.
4.45pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 4. Directed by Melissa Dunne.
5.45pm Interval of one hour.
6.45pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 5. Directed by Jonny Kelly.
7.45pm Interval of fifteen minutes.
8.00pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 6. Directed by Lotte Wakeham.
9.00pm Interval of fifteen minutes.
9.15pm After Orlando International Theatre Action Programme 7. Directed by Sara Joyce.
10.15pm Ends.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE.

Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 3.00pm – Punts by Sarah Page.
Directed by Helen Donnelly.

Week Two – 6-10 November 2016

Sunday, 6 November 2016 at 7.30pm – Earl's Court Film Festival 2016.

Monday, 7 November 2016 at 7.30pm – Earl's Court Film Festival 2016.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 3.00pm – King David by Micah Smith.
Directed by Liz Carruthers.

Week Three – 13–17 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016 at 7.30pm – Dolphins and Sharks by James Anthony Tyler.
Directed by Lydia Parker.

Monday, 14 November 2016 at 7.30pm – The Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy.
Directed by Anna Marsland.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 3.00pm – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan.
Directed by Robert Cavanah.

Curated by
Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson

Directed by Clare Bloomer, Liz Carruthers, Robert Cavanah, Helen Donnelly, Melissa Dunne, Tommo Fowler, Sara Joyce, Jonny Kelly, Scott Le Crass, Anna Marsland, Lydia Parker and Lotte Wakeham.

Produced by Harriet Wynder

Supported by

Oberon Books Nick Hern Books Richard Carne Trust Hogarth Estates Samuel French

CONTINUITY
Paul Carroll

PUNTS
Stephanie Hyam
Adam James
Kate Miles
Jamie Samuel

AFTER ORLANDO 1
Amber Aga
Rosaline Elbay
Waleed Elgadi

AFTER ORLANDO 2
Viss Elliot Safavi
Jaygann Ayeh
Jamael Westman
Sarah Preston
George Johnston
Miztli Rose Neville
Jonathan Sidgwick

AFTER ORLANDO 3
Clara Indrani
Jack Parker
Josie Rattigan
Josephine Rogers
Nicole Sawyer
Will Sutcliffe
Gil Sutherland
Paul Trussell

AFTER ORLANDO 4
Regina Brandolino
Stefano Braschi
Santiago Godoy Giraldo
Jenny Jackson
Tessie Orange-Turner
Chris Tester

AFTER ORLANDO 5
Sevan K Greene
Holly Elmes
Josie Catherine
Stewart Agnew
Esther-Grace Button
Cassandra Bond

AFTER ORLANDO 6
Emma Dennis-Edwards
Tori Allen-Martin
Carlyss Peer

AFTER ORLANDO 7
Benjamin Cawley
Eva Fontaine
Georgie Grier
Kate Kennedy
Lauren Larocque
Shazia Nicholls
Mateo Oxley
Jesse Stanley
Ragevan Vasan
Tom Ross Williams

DOLPHINS AND SHARKS
David Ajao
Shyko Amos
Hermeilio Miguel Aquino
Miquel Brown
Rachel Handshaw

KING DAVID
Orion Ben
Charlotte Croft
Laurel Lefkow
Ricky Oakley
Saul Reichlin
Aaron Vodovoz

THE BREATHING HOLE
Luke Bailey
Anthony Barclay
Jasper William Cartwright
Jemma Churchill
Hannah Edwards
Souad Faress
Rachel Handshaw
Siu-See Hung
Andrew Koji
Siu Hun Li
Harry Livingstone
Victoria Sye
Simon Victor
Leo Wan
Daniel York

JOHNNY I HARDLY KNEW YE
Mark Armstrong
John Bett
Dominic Geraghty
Dorothy Jones
Elizabeth Moynihan