CALLING all actors! Here’s your chance to be in one of the four plays selected for the No Holds Bard festival of one act plays, which is Playgoers’ contribution to the UK-wide RSC Open Stages event. The plays will be performed 15 -17 March 2012 on the main stage. Each play is about 20 to 30 minutes with no more than 6 cast members. Sets will be simple, with the build starting on 12 March.
This is your chance to be part of an exciting project co-ordinated by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Its aim is to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre to re-forge the bond with the world of professional theatre. Newport Playgoers is proud to be part of this scheme which will culminate in a national showcase of amateur performances at the RSC’s home inStratford-upon-Avon, to coincide with the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.
The Winning Plays and Playwrights
‘Only Words Remain’ by Kevin Myers
Staff at a nursing home are faced with a puzzle when an elderly man with no name is placed in their care. But who is the mysterious Mr Smith? A story about love, loss and the power and persistence of language.
‘To Dream Perchance to Die’ by Russell Walker
A play exploring everty actor’s nightmare as it happens over and over and over again.
‘Poor Yorick’ by Phil Mansell
Yorick the jester is not dead – he’s on the road dying a death as he pioneers a new kind of comedy called stand-up. When this fails he is persuaded by his tavern wench girlfriend Bess to return to Elsinore and get his old job back – but when he arrives he finds there have been many changes, and he becomes embroiled in Hamlet’s plans for revenge.
‘Roman and Julia’ by Gary Dooley
The course of true love for an elderly couple in a nursing home runs far from smooth – until a friend lends a hand.