Curtain up on four new plays

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The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s summer of new writing continues with the world premiere of Screenplay – work by four new playwrights.

Each work celebrates the history of cinema in the art deco Odeon building which has been the theatre’s home since 1996.

The four shorts will be shown in the McCarthy auditorium. The idea for Screenplay came about on my first day while I was sitting in the McCarthy thinking about the sheer amount of stories that have taken place in the audiences of the cinema since 1936,” said associate directoir Henry Bell.

The four plays are:

1936. An Empty Seat by Jimmy Osborne: Mae has landed her dream job as an usherette working the opening night of Scarborough Odeon. It’s a full house except for one seat next to the town outcast.

1954. The Illicit Dark by Isabel Wright: a showing of Rear Window brings together three people with mysterious intentions.

1973. Double Feature by Kate Brower: It’s a midnight movie double bill of The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now. A night out ought to bring Richie and Diana closer together.

1998. Bit Part by Claudine Toutoungi: Sisters Julie and Martine are opposites with an attraction wearing thin.

The plays open on August 1 and run at the McCarthy at various times until Saturday August 30.