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 trained at Drama Studio London and is co-founder of Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company. She is an actress, musician and voice artist represented by Nelson Browne Management Ltd. As an actor, Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of theatre and film roles. She is also a talented cellist, singer and voice artist. Deborah was one of the Traverse Fifty playwrights, and won the Cambridge University Press "Channel The Bard" competition for My Bloody Laundrette, which she co-authored with Whoop 'n' Wail co-founder Ali Kemp. Ali & Deborah are Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London. Their new full-length play, But For Us, is currently in development. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

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