She Writes is 17Percent’s Whitstable-based, popular showcase of new playwriting by women, which I programme and produce. For Lounge on the Farm we have been invited to present a selection of new short plays by Kentish women writers, entitled ‘Maid in Kent’.
The show at Lounge on the Farm will feature five of our most popular short plays, all written by Kentish authors, myself included. The plays chosen have aliens, a sea monster (that’s mine!), a psycho-killer, a date that goes horribly wrong and a pair of women whose interest in celebrity cookware goes too far.
She Writes is a showcase organised by 17Percent, the organisation I run, which supports and promotes female writers. Currently only 17% of the plays which get onto UK stages are written by women. She Writes brings women’s playwriting to a bigger audience and shows that women’s writing is as diverse, funny, touching, unexpected, and lyrical, as are women themselves.
My play is called See monsters and it’s about story-telling in the days of the sagas. It features a shady story-teller and a clever barmaid… and a couple of glove puppets!
‘Maid in Kent’ will be performed in the Playhouse Theatre, Lounge on the Farm, Merton Farm, Canterbury / 6 July 2012, time TBA / Ticket info: http://www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk
We will be repeating the show at The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, CT5 1AF / 18 July 2012, 7PM / Tickets: £5 /4 concs / Time: Doors 7PM, Finishes: 9.30PM / http://www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk