Fabulous opportunity – Support new writing and help develop a new play, BARRICADES!

Update: we are still looking for young black and mixed race women to be involved in the workshop to bring their input, views and stories to help shape the character of Lydia. So please do contact us Sharon.gaffney@pumphouse.info if you are interested

15th July: BARRICADES! Workshop read through day on Zoom 10am to 6:00pm with breaks.

This is a new initiative supported by Pump House Watford and the Arts Council, to help develop and workshop new writing using an online approach, to enable continuation of new writing during these challenging times. The first play in this series we have decided to workshop is BARRICADES! written by Andrew Sharp.

This is a call for auditions with response needed before 12pm Friday 12th June 2020.

The Writer: Active since 2013, playwright and librettist Andrew Sharpe has enjoyed fringe runs at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham (Songs from a Ledge); Maltings, St Albans; Pump House Watford (Three Sharpe Shorts); and in London, Theatre N16 (Goodnight Polly Jones) and the Chapel Playhouse (My Name is Cathy).

This will be directed by professional actor and director Jade Samuels:  Jade Samuels is an actor graduate from Rose Bruford, her credits include BBC doctors, comedy musical ‘The good enough mums club’, a project in a new stage of development with Jade now Producing, and National Theatrical tour or ‘Tinned Goods’. After winning Triforce Promotions Monologue Slam, she became the executive producer of all Midlands Slams(Coventry Belgrade/Birmingham REP) and works regularly with local theatre, Birmingham Rep.

The Play is BARRICADES!
Working class drifter, Derry, meets his former social worker, Chloe, and learns that she gave birth to his child, adopted 20 years earlier. Now a controversial politician, she and Derry leave on a quest for to find the child, aided by the mysterious young woman, Lydia, ostensibly a middle-class runaway. They find only more questions, and return to a city in flames. Derry is revealed as delusional and the principle provocateur of the riots, Lydia and Chloe join forces to overcome him.

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To register https://pumphouse.info/barricades/ (for instructions and further detail)

Email Sharon.gaffney@pumphouse.info

BARRICADES!
Macro Plot
Overcoming the ancient evil that divides three households, all alike in dignity.
 
Chloe: 40 F. Second or third generation West Indian heritage, black, English, first generation middle class (social worker/MP.)
 
Derry: 40 M. (AKA DEE/DORIAN). White English working class. Building contractor.
 
Lydia: 20 F. Apparently modern entitled middle-class, daughter of a surgeon, public school drop-out, poor little rich girl.  West Indian heritage, mum or Dad is White.
 
Micro Plot
Working class  drifter, Derry, meets his former social worker, Chloe, and learns that she gave birth to his child, adopted 20 years earlier. Now a controversial politician, she and Derry leave on a quest for to find the child, aided by the mysterious young woman, Lydia, ostensibly a middle-class runaway. They find only more questions, and return to a city in flames. Derry is revealed as delusional and the principle provocateur of the riots, Lydia and Chloe join forces to overcome him.
 
Nano Plot
The alt-real origin myths of all three characters.    
 
Derry believes he has been transported from a far alt-real present, where the British Empire fell in the early 19C, and where northern Europe never industrialised. He was brought up in a boarding school in a quasi-medieval version of Watford (‘like Hogwarts Meets Narnia’). He believes the near-alt real of the play is threatened by malign forces from his home far alt-real.
 
Alias Lydia, real name unknown is a supernatural trickster spirit, comprising of the souls of slain women, including the real middle-class runaway whose physical body she occupies.Derry believes Lydia to be his lost love from his boyhood, and sees her existence as validation of his fantasy.
 
Chloe is apparently grounded in the near alt-real present, but shares ancestors with all three houses. She has rejected her mother’s tales, and the fable of the hidden name, her heritage, as a daughter of a house of witch queens, as superstition and fantasy. She is determined to make a difference in the rational world.