The final line up at 10.15pm this evening will be: ORIGAMI – A VERY BRIEF ENCOUNTER – DESPERATE LIAISONS – PLANS – FUTILITY – THE VISITORS’ BOOK – WHEREIN 13 LAMENTS – HABITAT – OIL AND WATER – SNAP, CRACKLE, POP – LIFE LINES – ADVENT OF THE RHINOCHILD.
The final starts at 10.15….
We now have eight winning plays lined up for the final on Saturday 12 July – two more will be selected tonight at 10.15pm so come along if you can and cast your vote…
So far we can look forward to seeing the following finalists tomorrow:
THE VISITORS’ BOOK – FUTILITY – WHEREIN 13 LAMENTS – DESPERATE LIAISONS – HABITAT – SNAPCRACKLEPOP – LIFE LINES – A VERY BRIEF ENCOUNTER.
Early in the planning process for Hotbed 08 the conclusion was reached that the programme was so eclectic that no one show and no one opening night could launch it representatively or indeed effectively. So, always keen to have too much of a good thing, we decided to have two opening nights. Sure enough, last night saw our second launch with world premieres of Fraser Grace’s TONGUES and Jennifer Farmer’s STUTTER – both warmly received – followed by a hilarious second performance of GOING POTTY.
Word has obviously gone round about the amazing One-Page-Play-Competition-Athon and babysitters across the city were asked to hang on for another hour so folk could stay to watch and vote for their favourites – WHEREIN 13 LAMENTS and DESPERATE LIAISONS go through to the final on Saturday 12th – and honourable mention must also be made of Lawrence Werber’s hard-drinking performance with a dead fish in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.
I’m not entirely surprised to report that the One-Page-Play-Competition-Athon has been the hit of the Festival so far. The eight plays on opening night last night (each no more than five minutes each in length and written on one side of A4) were performed by the Hotbed Ensemble. The audience embraced them warmly, and were very generous in paying according to their worth – voting was close but the clear favourites (with only one point between them) which will be going through to the final on Saturday 12 July are THE VISITOR’S BOOK and FUTILITY. At least one of the victorious authors was delighted! We are all looking foward to the next installment tonight (due to start in about 5 minutes…) and yet more tomorrow (Saturday) and from Thursday next week….
“The most frightening thing I have ever been asked to do” was Nigella Lawson’s response to our ‘one page play competition-athon’ challenge. Other contributors have also said how difficult it has been to write a play under thirty lines long. It made me realise how hard it is to tell a story on stage in the space of five minutes or even thirty minutes. It’s given me renewed respect for our Hotbed writers, who have written incisive, three-dimensional and thought-provoking plays that can be performed in just half an hour.
The idea of the ‘competition-athon’ is that each night of the festival our company performs eight one page plays, with the audience voting on their favourite at the end of the evening. The winning plays then go through to a final on Saturday 12th and are again voted on by the audience. The authors of the three winning plays have money donated to the charity of their choice.
We’ve had a great response to our call out, despite the challenges of writing them. We’ve had submissions from Nigella Lawson (in spite of her initial fear!), Kate Figes (author and fiction editor of Cosmopolitan), award-winning playwright Fraser Grace and a host of other Hotbed and Menagerie writers.
If you would like to submit a one page play do send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I look forward to reading it!