Little Pieces of Gold is 10 years old!
After 10 years of discovering and producing brilliant new plays, we're celebrating with the release of Little Pieces of Gold's first play anthology, SHORT PLAYS WITH GREAT ROLES FOR WOMEN featuring 22 short plays by
Stella Ajayi, Fiona Doyle, Dipo Baruwa-Etti, Yasmin Joseph, Katherine Manners, Laura Jayne Ayres, Fran Bushe, Joanne Lau, Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi, Christine Robertson, Clare Joy Langford & Gabrielle Curtis, Tatty Hennessy, Corinne Salisbury, Grace Ivana Carroll, Sarah Hehir, Sarah Kosar, Elizabeth Kwenortey, Lydia Parker, Felix O’Brien, Jaki McCarrick, Vicki Connerty, Daisy Stenham. Published by Routledge Books on 4 November, the anthology puts women right at the centre of the action, with all women-casts of all ages and backgrounds and a fabulous foreword by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.
To keep the celebrations going, and in Little Pieces of Gold's time honoured tradition of producing bold, topical new work, we're putting on ALL WOMXN at Southwark Playhouse on November 24th. ALL WOMXN will be a night of short plays written by women, for all-women casts. The plays will be selected from an open submission and will receive a full production.
And programmed writers will be mentored by a cracking team of Little Pieces of Gold's anthology playwrights including : Jaki McCarrick (Belfast Girls, Leopoldville, Mushroom Pickers), Tatty Hennessy (F Off, Hundred Words for Snow), Sarah Hehir (Zero Down, TV: Doctors), Lydia Parker (American Dream, Gringo), Sarah Kosar (Armadillo, Mumburger), Fran Bushe (Ad Libido)
OUR FANTASTIC SHORTLISTEES ARE ....
Amy Toledano, Isabelle Kassam, Aisling Towl, Nicole Latchana, Natasha Ryan, Cressida Peever
Gaia Sorcha Fenn, Beth Wilson & Daniella Finch, Abhi Arumbakkam, Martha Watson Allpress
Sophia Olivia Ali, Sabrina Richmond, Claire Mills, Tamara von Werthern & Jack Hughes
Emily Garside, Karen Featherstone, Mandi Chivasa, Mhairi Quinn, Sarah Rickman, Charlotte Cromie
ALL WOMXN PROGRAMME
Close Encounters by Isabelle Kassam, direction Ariella Eshed
Originally from Glasgow, Isabelle Kassam has lived in South London for more than 20 years. She has a background in journalism and corporate writing. Isabelle has had short plays performed at Theatre503 and other London scratch nights. An extract of her first full-length play Brona was performed in a showcase at Soho Theatre in June. She recently completed an MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths, and continues to study playwriting at City Lit. Isabelle reads scripts for Theatre503, Jermyn Street Theatre and The Upsetters while working on her own plays for theatre and radio
Dutty Wine by Nicole Latchana, direction Brigitte Adela
Nicole’s playwriting training includes The Royal Court Writer’s Group, Central School of Speech and Drama’s writing MA and Kali Theatre’s development programme. Her first play Home was longlisted for the 2017 Papatango Award and had a rehearsed reading at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Nicole’s short plays have been on at several theatres in London including The Arcola, The Bunker and Southwark Playhouse. Nicole’s writing is informed and inspired by her experiences of intersectionality. She is currently developing OCO-2 a dystopian play about the climate crisis, which has been nominated for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award, for production in 2021.
My Wild Mum by Martha Watson Allpress, direction Roberta Zuric
Martha Watson Allpress is an actor/writer currently training on the BA Acting course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She's had short pieces staged at venues such as the Lyric Hammersmith, the Bunker and the Old Red Lion. Her first full length piece; Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her); premiered at the White Bear this summer. After returning for a second run, ‘by popular demand’, it’s transferring to the Vaults festival in 2020. In her writing Martha seeks to amplify complicated female voices
Inverted Pyramid by Karen Featherstone, direction Cat Clancy
Karen Featherstone has an MA in Screenwriting and has spent time in the story offices of Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Her award-winning work has been shared in theatres around the UK, including Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre Studio and at Hampstead Theatre. In 2019 she performed her first solo show.
Happiness Batteries by Cressida Peever, direction Yasmeen Arden
Cressida is a writer of drama and immersive theatre. Her 'smart, sexy' (The Stage) immersive experience, Red Palace, is currently running at The Vaults until January 2020; it is her second collaboration with Shotgun Carousel, with whom she created Divine Proportions in 2018, also for The Vaults. She was shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom Comedy Monologue in 2018, and her short plays have been performed at The Old Red Lion and Theatre503 amongst others. When not writing, she's a dramaturg and reader, and you can find her @CressidaPeever.
Wild Boar by Claire Mills, direction Hannah Jones
Graduating from RADA Claire Mills writing credits include: August Town, Just Another Jane (Both plays were selected for the RADA festival) Bumper (Soho Theatre in association with Alice Acting company), Politic (Southwark Playhouse), Black Skin (Arcola Theatre)
Short films- Underneath.
Dead Prick by Gaia Sorcha Fenn, direction Tess Monro
Gaia Sorcha Fenn is a playwright from New Zealand and Austria. As a finalist for the Nick Darke Award, she has had her short plays staged at the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, Waterloo East Theatre and Bread & Roses Theatre. Her play ‘Always Again’ was a part of the Old Red Lion Month of Readings festival, 2017. She holds a Masters in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.