Scarborough playwrights showcase new work at art gallery

Members of Springboard  Scriptwriters
Members of Springboard Scriptwriters

Springboard Scriptwriters’ next event of three new short plays by emerging Scarborough writers can be seen at Scarborough Art Gallery on Sunday November 20.

The three ‘script-in-hand’ rehearsed readings feature work by three writers Elaine Brookes, Will Duffield and Paul Spencer. The event starts at 3pm and entrance costs only £2.

Unlike usual rehearsed script readings, the audience members can (if they wish) give anonymous feedback on the plays they have watched.

This gives the audience the chance to get involved and also helps the writers to improve the quality of their writing.

One of the writers, Will Duffield who has done stand-up comedy for 20 years, writing a lot of his own material, said: “My play Saying Goodbye to Charlie began life as one of what other writers may have experienced: the great idea that got so far and then got stuck.

“However, I liked the subject and kept returning to it eventually coming up with the missing link ... or at least I hope I did.”

Elaine Brookes said: “I started writing five years ago after I took early retirement and joined a playwriting course at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

“Up until then, all I had written were work reports and documents. In writing The Bun is in the Oven, I’ve aimed to give the flavour of a good, old-fashioned farce.”

Writer Paul Spencer said: “Red Wine for Red Meat was written a number of years ago, but I made significant changes following the peer review process with the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Write Stuff group.”

“I enjoyed inhabiting the ornately-mannered world of Victorian country houses for a while.”

The three plays are:

The Bun is in the Oven by Elaine Brookes

A group of colleagues are moaning about their boss over coffee. That’s okay as long as someone does not take the conversation literally ... did they really want their boss dead?

Saying Goodbye to Charlie by Will Duffield

Following Charlie’s cremation, his brother, Jimmy, and his ex-wife, Maggie, attempt to comply with Charlie’s request on the scattering of his ashes but a confrontation with an officious council employee leads to a comical and surprising outcome.

Red Wine for Red Meat by Paul Spencer

England, 1852. Lady Elizabeth is furious. During her grand dinner party, their governess - Miss Selina Temple - has behaved outrageously.

As sparks fly between them, a visiting historian begins to fear for his reputation. But even he could not have anticipated the true nature of Selina’s revenge.

Tickets on the door.