The Traverse Fifty – Submissions and the London Collective’s rehearsed readings

Everything has been go go go in Traverse Fifty land over the past week. Firstly, we had our deadline for the twenty minute play festival submission and then each had a meeting with one of the Traverse Theatre creative team about our work. My meeting was with the lovely Hamish Pirrie (Traverse Associate Director), who offered some advice and insight so that I could improve on my most recent draft of Cause for Alarm. I am currently rewriting and hoping…

On Sunday 2nd June some of the London members of the Traverse Fifty took on the task of staging rehearsed readings of our work at the Invisible Dot in Camden Stables Market. Thanks mainly to the hard work of our own Iain Mitchell, the day was great fun and a huge success, with six plays being staged by a talented collective of writers, actors and directors. The plays were:

Sixty by NSR Khan

Culling by Iain Mitchell

Para by Deborah Klayman

Natural Break by James Green

Birdwatching by Helen Shutt

Sweetcorn by Emily Jenkins

A massive thank you to the actors who took part, namely: Gerri Farrell, Jessica Martenson, Augustina Seymour, Helen Shutt, Hugh Coleridge, Julius Metson Scott and Paul Kevin-Taylor; and to Sarah Davies and Iain Mitchell, who were our fabulous directors. Thanks too to the other writers who all came along and participated in making the day a success – NSR Khan brought the amazing food, James Green travelled a great distance and came bearing gifts, and Helen and I lent our acting skills to the event.

Also, in case anyone missed them the first time round, the Traverse Fifty Plays for Edinburgh – all originally staged in January of this year – are to be performed again at the Traverse on the 30th and 31st August 2013. My play, The Boundary, will be shown on the first night. Tickets can be purchased here!

As I post this I am also packing to go to the airport, ready for another packed day of workshops at the Traverse tomorrow! Exciting times 🙂


About Deborah Klayman

Deborah is an actress, musician, voice artist and writer based in the UK. She trained at the University of Northumbria, where she gained a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Performance, and at Drama Studio London (Postgraduate Diploma in Acting). Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of roles which include Emilia in 'Othello' and Juliana Tesman in 'Hedda Gabler' in rep, Regan in 'King Lear', Mrs Pugh/Polly Garter in 'Under Milk Wood' and Fluellen/Alice in Henry V. An accomplished cellist and singer, the projects she undertakes frequently utilise her musical talents. Film and TV roles include: Geordie in a TV pilot for 'Dead Man's Cardy', Reporter in 'Mission London', Sarah in 'For Better or Worse', and Nurse Tremaine in 'Another Day. Deborah is also a successful voice artist, recording projects for companies such as M&C Saatchi/Silverfish Media, BP, Oxford University Press and The Scottish Sunday Express. Deborah is a talented writer, penning plays and screenplays primarily on issues surrounding social justice. Her first play, 'Janetarium', was one of three selected through the Traverse Theatre's Class Act project and was subsequently staged at the Traverse and published in Theatre Scotland Magazine. She later joined the theatre's Young Writers Group, and continued to write and devise plays throughout her university and drama school training. In 2005, she co-authored "Eve & Lilith" with Jessica Martenson which was produced at that year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011, Deborah co-founded Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company with friend, collaborator and writing partner Ali Kemp. Their debut production, 'eXclusion', was produced in association with UK charity Women In Prison and toured to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London's Waterloo East Theatre, and Bracknell's South Hill Park Arts Centre. Their latest venture, "Whoop 'n' Wail Represents...", showcases new writing that puts gender equality centre stage, working with even numbers of female and male writers and directors to stage plays that pass the Bechdel Test. Deborah was one of the Traverse Theatre's 'Traverse Fifty' (a year-long writing attachment in 2013), and Whoop 'n' Wail's play 'My Bloody Laundrette' recently won the Cambridge University Press "Channel the Bard" competition. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

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