September 2019

This Thursday, we have the first of our two readings this month, Jump! Sure You Might As Well by Robert Calvert, directed by Sarah Berger. We are casting for it today and it would be super to see lots of you there! It will take place at So & So @ The Bridge at 7.30pm with doors at 7pm. As always, free entry, cheap bar, and open to all!

The casting breakdown is up for the second reading as well, Priceless by Sue Bevan, directed by Claire Evans. This will take place on 24 Sep.

Due to certain developments, we will be reformulating the We Are Here event at the end of October. We will be running three panels on the following themes and welcome those of you who feel you may have a unique insight into the topics to get in touch. We will then be hosting the  planned week of work, talks, and events at a later date early in 2020.

There is a fantastic film competition at the moment that all those interested should take a close look at. The Pitch invites original pitches of up to two (2) minutes in length, showcasing the potential of the entrant to make a film. The entrant will demonstrate this with a pitch for an original contemporary short film (recommended maximum length of 15 minutes) that takes inspiration from a biblical story, parable, character or book. Any genre is acceptable, and the pitch may be a simple piece to camera telling the story, or it may be a storyboard, pilot piece, etc. The winner will work with a budget (which has a value in excess of £30,000) to make their short film (recommended maximum length of 15 minutes). The winning pitcher will then take the completed film to Los Angeles in 2020, and there will meet with industry professionals who will give feedback and advice on the film.

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Fiona Whitelaw will be appearing in Stoke, A Love Story 18-28 Sep for Potboiler Theatre.
  • Chloe Moss’ How Love Is Spelt comes to Southwark Playhouse on 4-28 Sep, directed by Charlotte Peters. She also directs Jules Kleiser and Nige Reid’s Normality at the Other Palace from 13-21 Sep. Members can get special discounted £5 tickets with code NORM5.
  • Rebecca Hands-Wicks has just started as understudy in rehearsals for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols, which runs at Trafalgar Studios, starring Claire Skinner, Toby Stephens, and Patricia Hodge.
  • Richard Fitchett‘s new play Room Service runs at The Bread & Roses from 3-7 Sep. What happens when you check into a hotel and room service knows what you need before you do?  When it knows more about you than your family and friends do? When it decides it knows what is better for you than you might believe you know? Richard will be there every night and would love to meet up with any So & Sos if you do come along say hello.
  • Pippa Winslow will be appearing in the first revival of MAME in 50 years at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester 28 Sep – 9 Nov. She plays Sally Cato and Mrs Upson in the production with director/choreographer Nick Winston and musical director Alex Parker.
  • Claire Evans is seriously multi-tasking this summer, working as Production Co-ordinator for Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein, which has just opened at the brand new Turbine Theatre in Battersea and, with her other hand, producing award-winning play Anahera by Emma Kinane at the Finborough Theatre, opening on 3rd September and running to 28th September. She is delighted to be returning to So & So, directing a rehearsed reading of Sue Bevan’s play Priceless on the evening of 24th September.
  • Baret Magarian has published a collection of short fiction recently with SALT press, entitled Melting Point. Jonathan Coe said about the book: “We find in these stories the irony, moral ambiguity and self-interrogation of writers like Kafka, Pessoa and Calvino.” Congratulations Baret!
  • David Warwick will appear in Run For Your Wife at the Mill at Sonning from 3 Oct – 23 Nov, written and directed by Ray Cooney, playing Detective Sergeant Porterhouse.
  • Ming Ho’s live audio drama, Citizens of Nowhere?, which premièred at Southbank Centre in October 2018 and enjoyed a sell-out run at Duddell’s, London, plays the Edinburgh Fringe from 16-25 Aug. Meanwhile, filming has just wrapped on her short film, British People. Commissioned by The Uncertain Kingdom, it’s produced by Chi Thai and directed by Lab Ky Mo.
  • Louise Templeton is playing First Witch in Antic Disposition’s Macbeth this summer, touring for two weeks in France, then at Temple Church in London, until 7 Sep.
  • Paul Valentine is currently performing in Chapterhouse Theatre’s Company’s tour of Wuthering Heights and Cranford, running until Oct.
And finally – welcome to our new member Lucy Aley-Parker, and especial welcome to new Lifetime members Max Hamilton-Mackenzie and Dean Helliwell!
Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer