Writer Presents Newly Published Play to Dolman Theatre Library

November 18, 2014

Newport writer Phil Mansell, who has recently had plays published, presented the first copy off the presses to the library at the Dolman Theatre where the play was first performed.

Phil Mansell presents a copy of his play ‘According to Claudia’ to Chris Burrows who runs the library at the Dolman Theatre.

Phil Mansell presents a copy of his play ‘According to Claudia’ to Chris Burrows who runs the library at the Dolman Theatre.

Phil handed over his play ‘According to Claudia’ to Chris Burrows who runs the library, which houses hundreds of plays, for Newport Playgoers.

“It was my way of saying thankyou to Newport Playgoers for having the faith to select this play to open the latest season back in September,” said Phil.

Phil and his wife Caroline, who directed the play, receive the Award for Theatre Show of the Year

Phil and his wife Caroline, who directed the play, receive the Award for Theatre Show of the Year

Since being produced at the Dolman the play has gone on to win the award for Theatre Show of the Year in Newport’s lively entertainment and lifestyle magazine Voice. Phil and his wife, Caroline, who directed the play, went to the presentation evening at the Celtic Manor Resort to receive the award.

Recently, Phil has had two more plays published. ‘Poor Yorick’ was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre. Another of Phil’s plays, ‘Bunkered’, was one of the winning entries in a competition judged by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery.

Phil's three published plays

Phil’s three published plays

All three plays are now available on Amazon and Silvermoon Publishing, which specialises in plays aimed at the huge market among drama companies in the UK, America and Australia, will be promoting Phil’s work to thousands of potential performers worldwide.


The Hidden Scars of World War One

November 7, 2014
Eva (Nicola Jones) remonstrates with her father Leonard who is unaware of the pain and anguish in his family. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Eva (Nicola Jones) remonstrates with her father Leonard who is unaware of the pain and anguish in his family. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Newport Playgoers’ next production, For Services Rendered, lays bare the horror, futility and misery of the First World War.

Somerset Maugham’s penultimate play, with its anti-war message, is set in the economic slump of the1930s and deals with the after-effects of the First World War on a middle class family.

Blinded in the trenches, Sydney Ardsley (James Reynolds) spends his days playing chess. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Blinded in the trenches, Sydney Ardsley (James Reynolds) spends his days playing chess. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Sydney Ardsley was blinded in the trenches and now spends his days playing chess cared for by his unmarried sister Eva, who lost her fiancé in the war.

His other sister, Ethel, is living with the consequences of an impulsive wartime marriage to a caddish farmer.

Meanwhile, the youngest sister, Lois, plots her escape from the stifling family home, even though she risks creating a scandal.

Youngest daughter Lois is pursued by two unlikely suitors (Dave Livingstone and David Eynone-Williams). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Youngest daughter Lois is pursued by two unlikely suitors (Dave Livingstone and David Eynone-Williams). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The play is permeated with an air of anger about the men who gave so much for their country being left to sink once the war was over.

‘For Services Rendered’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 12  –15 November at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

Eva (Nicola Jones) is driven to despair caring for her blind brother. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Eva (Nicola Jones) is driven to despair caring for her blind brother. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)