Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ticking Away

"Monday 26th September brings us A sixty-five minute stage play by Armelle Lajus, who explains: 

"The play is about Aiden, a misguided youth, who is taken under the wing of William, the owner of an antiques shop he robbed with his friends.
William has his own demons to fight with the help of his neighbour Christelle, a frustrated baker's wife. But life gets more complicated
for William as he struggles with his feelings towards Christelle and towards Aiden who reminds him of his own son".

7.30 at the North London Tavern.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Audition Pieces

Monday 19th is an unusual one for us. Ten monologues, submitted by our writers, are acted out and then critiqued by auditions expert and actors' management guru, Brian Parsonage Kelly.

Sounds intriguing? Come along on Monday at 7.30 to the North London Tavern to find out more.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Monday 12th September brings us my first play for Player-Playwrights since Country Life, five years ago. That play got a week's run at Rada, followed by three weeks at the Old Red Lion. Will the same happen to Avalon? Come along to the North London Tavern at 7.30 to find out.

So what's it all about? It's about Greg Yelland, a successful doctor at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. It starts at a dinner party. In attendance are his youngest son Arthur, Greg's second wife Judy, and Arthur's new girlfriend Morgan. Morgan has radical views.

Like I said. 7.30 at the North London Tavern.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Orion the Hunter

That went quickly didn't it? Yes, summer is done, and here we are again with the leaves changing colour and the nights drawing in, and Player-Playwrights back with an exciting programme of plays, radio scripts and talks.

First up, on September 5th, is Orion the Hunter, by Sarah Thomas:

"Karen, a woman suffering from violence in her current marriage, and three of her colleagues gather in the North of England for a corporate survival themed teambuilding race against teams from other companies. As their disgruntled guide, ex-soldier Mike, who is escaping his own violent past, tries to get them through the tasks necessary to complete the course, petty squabbles, dark ambitions and intense encounters surface to push the entire group into places they are unable to escape from".

Sarah is a London based writer who has recently left the private sector to pursue writing. Orion the Hunter is her second full length play. She is currently looking for a producer for her first play, Sublime. She has had a short piece produced by the Theatre 503 and has recently self-produced a rehearsed reading of a full length play about female resistance heroes, titled High Seas.

Be at the North London Tavern, at 7.30.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A Brush with the Law

Monday July 11th is the final day of the summer term and its the usual competition. This week the theme is A Brush with the Law. Seven entries, and the usual rules apply.

7.30 at the North London Tavern.

Back on September 5th!

Thursday, 30 June 2016


Monday July 4th brings us a ninety minute stage play by Martin Macnamara.

"England in 2008, at the height of the Afghanistan conflict with heavy losses for British troops. Captain Agnes Bennett is an army notification officer. It's her job to inform the family back home when a soldier dies in the field. For Agnes, this difficult role is a vocation and one that needs to be carried out dispassionately and with military planning. A raw young Private, Iain Maginnis, joins Agnes as she calls on the parents of his platoon mate, killed in an IED attack".

7.30 at the North London Tavern.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Rita Kalenjais

Rita Kalenjais is an Australian writer based in London and she is coming to talk to us on Monday and answer questions.

Her work has been performed extensively in Australia and she was a resident playwright at Sydney Theatre Company in 2011/2012.
Rita is developing new work at the National Theatre Studio and has just been selected as one of the writers for this year’s Soho 6 attachment.

So come and hear her at the North London Tavern at 7.30 on Monday 27 June 2016.