BERG’s New Writing Festival


Toska’ is a work in progress by Emily Gregory and is based loosely on Anton Chekhov’s classic play ‘Three Sisters.’ Irina is writing a memoir, but the paper keeps ending up in the stove. Masha watches icebergs from the beach. Olga just wants to know what to make for dinner. Three sisters while away the hours at a family cabin on the wilderness coast of Washington State. They wear thin the fabric of their days, caught on snags of remembering and forgetting that they can’t quite escape… …that is, until a strange man arrives on their door one night with a beautiful white bird held unconscious in his arms.

NOISE by Hugh McCann is a live performance that takes place in the dark and sits somewhere between a meditation tape and storytelling. It is a piece about the frenetic pace of modern life, that aims to create a space for calm and stillness. NOISE is a fictional portrait of a world that’s lost its moon, and swings between different characters, all trying to go about their lives in peace. NOISE was developed whilst undertaking Goldsmith’s MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy. An extract of the first draft was scratched earlier this year at Battersea Arts Centre, and has since been developed with a residency at Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery. NOISE has been developed with support from musicians Alex McKenzie, Josh Barfoot and Tom Nicholas, dramaturg Ella Konzon, and actors Emma Longfellow and Ric Wadsworth.