The schedule was impressive.SEVEN plays + impros in 2 hours. (Actually it ran to three, but that was a bonus not a curse.) Copying from the programme I report that these were the plays:
Improvisation – starring the audience!
The intricate workings of a Sherbet Lemon
Actors: Emmeline, Nicola, Kyran Writer: Dr Stuart Lee
Going for Gold
Actor: Mary Writer: Penny Thomson
My Name is Caroline Korby
Actors: Emmeline, Nicola, Paul Writer: Heather Dunmore
Actor: Richard Musician: Angharad Writer: Chris Sivewright
One minute plays improvised
(Big Issue, Tomatoes, They Take Our Jobs, I think therefore I am)
Writers: Gwyilm Scourfield; David Gregory; Chris Sivewright
Confessions of an Addict
Actor: Steve Writer: David Olsen
Written and read by Gwilym Scourfield
Would that it were
If you want to know more about the actors/writers then go to the showcase on the website.
Now to the plays themselves...
The Sherbet Lemon is a thriller - chillingly accurate and a very neat twist at the end. All credit to the actors (and I think this is a phrase I will be repeating...)
Going for Gold, a marvellous monologue, perceptively written and flawlessly acted.
'Uncle George' brought tears to my eyes - well, almost, I mustn't over do things here! - as 'Uncle George' related how he was dying and wanted to give his nephew and nieces money.Well cast in having Richard Ward as the Uncle.
My name is Caroline Korby was another slightly spooky story - what is it with murder and mayhem - with a nasty ending.
Confessions of an Addict is exactly what it says, an addict confesses to the audience about his addiction. This was so well received that the confession was repeated the second night and will be repeated again next week at Port Mahon
Wolf was written and read by this person - clearly an enthusiastic writer and performer!
Finally...'Would that it were'. Absolutely flipping brilliant. I am not sure the actors were acting - they were playing people of their age doing (I suspect) what they would do in such a situation. A lot of ad-libbing and at times they seemed out of control. This too is being repeated next week - I urge my millions of followers (am i overstating?) to see it next week!