Highlights of the event include Nick Myles, who returns to the festival after success at The Brighton Fringe and The Kings Head Theatre. Award-winner Shyam Bhatt presents her one-act play Treya’s Last Dance that wowed audiences on the New York and LA Fringes, and at London’s Bridewell Theatre. The programme also includes work from stand up comedian and actor Holly Kavanagh, and Mike Shepherd who contributes to BBC Radio comedy. To complete the bill, there are three poignant dramas that look at coming of age of young men, all from different places and times but all with a dream and aspirations. These plays are presented by Mark Lindow, Chris Udoh and Rebecca Jones. The line up of plays on both nights is as follows:
Singles Night by Holly Kavanagh
Singles night for the over 50’s provides the patrons with a slice of Northern Soul.
Stand up comedian and actor Holly Kavanagh has been described as “a powerhouse on stage” (Radio St. Austell).
Stevie by Rebecca Jones
Noah has spent his life in a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped him having sporting dreams.
Rebecca has been putting plays on at Edinburgh since she was fifteen. In July this year, Rebecca set up SLAM in response to a lack of venues for fringe plays and emerging writers.
Knees by Nick Myles
Jay’s night-time adventure takes a disastrous turn.
Following the success of his triptych of plays, The Trouble with Men which performed recently at The Brighton Fringe and The King’s Head Theatre London, Nick Myles returns to the festival to debut his new play Knees.
Bakersfield by Chris Udoh
1950’s Memphis. Tommy’s life is pretty normal, until his Dad wants him to join the army. What about his dreams to play in the Negro league?
This is Chris’s first play.
Goulburn by Mike Shephard
The condemned cell at Goulburn Prison, New South Wales, 1956. Awaiting her execution, Newell receives a visitor.
Mike writes for BBC Radio Comedy including The News Quiz, the Vote Now Show and Newsjack. Plays include Camelopardis, Butcher’s Dozen and A Man for all Seasonings (for the Comedians Theatre Company, Edinburgh 2015).
I’ll be Along D’reckly by Mark Lindow
Grandpa Tony knows things have changed for the youth in Cornwall, but does his grandson really need to hear all about it as he’s being driven to the church? I’ll be Along D’reckly centres on the lack of opportunities for young men in Cornwall today.
Mark has written, developed and produced work for theatre, radio and film. He was shortlisted for the BBC Sitcom Trials and has had work staged at Hampstead, Soho, Old Red Lion and Arcola Theatres.
Treya’s Last Dance Shyam Bhatt
Faced with Croydon’s mankiest speed-dates, Treya blunders into some messy truths – her brother’s death; two lovably eccentric parents; the fallout from a British/Indian culture clash. Treya’s Last Dance openly explores LGBT issues, feminism and discrimination within a second-generation immigrant context.
Shyam Bhatt is winner of Combined Artform’s Pick of the Fringe Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.