Three tales of the unexpected Scarborough Woodend

The final evening in the Springboard Scriptwriters’ autumn season of new short plays by emerging Scarborough writers, can be seen at Woodend later this month.

The three rehearsed readings of short plays by three writers have a general fantastical, mythological theme.

Audience members are offered the opportunity (if they wish) to give direct, anonymous feedback on the plays they have watched. This provides interactive fun for the audience, and helps to improve the quality of writing.

All of the plays have been workshopped through the scriptwriting course of the Outreach Department of Stephen Joseph Theatre under the tutorship of Alison Watt.

The three plays are:

Odds and Gods by Stuart Larner. It is a modernised re-telling of the Greek myth about Jason, the Argonauts, the Golden Fleece, and Medea.

Stuart said: “Jason and Medea must face all the ancient monsters, each of which has a modern equivalent in today’s Scarborough.

“King Phineas is menaced by seagulls, the red-eyed Talos monster of the roadworks in Valley Road and the cul-de-sac by the Spa traps cars like the Sirens.”

The Astral Queen by Paul Spencer. Set on a holiday cruise liner in space.

Its Captain, a glorified caretaker, finds herself way out of her depth in the face of outraged guests and leaky engines.

Mr Moat by Michelle Watts: “This play is set in the Gallery at Woodend where the play readings are actually taking place. Woodend is undergoing major renovation and the security guards are starting their nightshift – expect the unexpected,” she said.

The event is at Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, on Friday November 27 t 6.30pm.

Tickets are available on: on 01723 384500.

Audience members are welcome to take their own alcohol.