Scenes from a …
Despite being able to have live theatre again last autumn – albeit with an audience of 40 and then 20 – we thought that we would commission six of our writer colleagues, whose work you may already know a little, to write a series of sketches that will inspire your creative and dramatic curiosities. We hope that once we are out of this current hiatus, we will be able to present them as a live performance on our Benjamin Meaker Stage at Jersey Arts Centre. Enjoy these scenes over the next few weeks!
JACQUELINE MÉZEC is a poet and has twice been a runner up in the Mslexia Poetry Competition. Her commissions include poems for Holocaust Memorial Day in Jersey and for the unveiling of the Guillemont First World War Memorial at the Somme, France. Her play ‘End Notes’ was a winner of the Spearpoint New Plays Competition.
SIMON MACDONALD is a writer, performer and maker of theatre. He has taken part in a number of Plays Rough events in all these guises and also as compere. Last year, he staged two of his own shows at Jersey Arts Centre. The first being ‘Going Underground’, vignettes from the London Tube network in the 1980s based on the photographs of Bob Mazzer; followed by ‘In Receipt’, a one-man show which imagined the stories behind a collection of found receipts. His radio series adaptation of Paul Bisson’s detective novel ‘Marigold Dark’ was also commissioned and produced by ArtHouse Jersey in 2020. Simon is currently working on a new play, ‘Sometime, Somewhere’ ahead of a Jersey Arts Centre residency later this year.
26/02/21: Scenes from a… SALON by Simon MacDonald
BEN EVANS has been writing and producing plays in Jersey for many years. He is a co-founder of the Plays Rough new writing project, staging performances of more than fifty new pieces of writing by dozens of contributors over the last decade. He has written for Paines Plough, been a winner of the SpearPoint New Plays Competition, and written for the Jersey Festival of Words.
08/02/21: Scenes from a… RIRPFTFOTHRE by Ben Evans
11/02/21: Scenes from a… PFEPEOACCLP by Ben Evans
ANDREW DAVEY is an amateur actor who in recent years has written short plays for Plays Rough and the Jersey Festival of Words.
28/01/21: Scenes from a…GREEN ROOM by Andrew Davey
25/01/21: Scenes from a LABORATORY by Andrew Davey
20/01/21: Scenes from a WORKPLACE by Andrew Davey
COLIN SCOTT trained as an actor in Glasgow and Paris before switching to writing. Since marrying and moving to Jersey, his work has appeared as part of the Spearpoint New Plays Project, Plays Rough, Jersey Festival of Words and other workshops and events. In 2010 he and a local director independently produced “Zazous Zazous”, a full-length play set in Paris during the wartime occupation. He has also published poetry and participated in the ‘Seventy-Five Years’ word exhibition, part of last year’s Liberation 75 celebrations at the Arts Centre, and in ‘Wavelengths’ an anthology of Channel Islands poets.
29/01/21: Scenes from a… FIRESIDE by Colin Scott
MARTHA MACDONALD is a playwright, freelance writer and poet who grew up in Jersey. Martha’s playwriting debut took place on the Jersey Arts Centre stage when, aged just 14 years old, her one-act play ‘Broken Record (Repeat to Fade)’ won the Spearpoint New Plays Project competition.
Since then, Martha has taken part in writing residencies with theatre companies such as Paines Plough and RIFT and, after working as a journalist, now makes her living as a full-time writer.
For more from Martha, find her on Instagram where she performs her own original comedy poetry: https://www.instagram.com/marthawrites/
Or check out her website: https://www.marthamacdonald.com/
05/02/21: Scenes from a… BUS by Martha MacDonald