7pm and 8.45pm
THE ASHES AT HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
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17 - 17 Feb 2018
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A cricket pitch. A selection of scripts. The Ashes. England and Australia’s legendary sporting rivalry spills into the theatre, with specially commissioned short plays from the hottest playwrights staged as a head-to-head competition to determine which country’s writing will emerge triumphant. It’s sure to bowl you over. Who will win? You decide.
Writers: Brendan Cowell, Kathy Lette, Georgia Keighery, Tanika Gupta, Greg Mosse and Simon Williams
Brendan Cowell is a writer and an actor, who recently finished starring in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play Yerma, opposite Billie Piper at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Earlier this year, he starred in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s classic play, Life Of Galileo. Brendan’s episode of the Australian TV series The Slap won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Screenplay in Television. He is developing an original series with See-Saw UK and Sky Atlantic – a radical re-telling of Miss Julie – which Simon Stone will direct. He is also in the early stages of developing a series with Ellie Wood / ITV, and has also just started developing a TV series with Willow Grylls at New Pictures.
Kathy Lette has written 14 best-selling novels, including Puberty Blues, which was made into a film and TV mini-series, Mad Cows and How to Kill Your Husband and Other Handy Household Hints. Her novels have been published in seventeen languages and she has Honorary Doctorates from Southampton and Woolongong Universities as well as a Senior Fellowship from Regents University, London. She is an ambassador for Plan International and the National Autistic Society and has a cocktail named after her at the Savoy Hotel. Her latest novel Best Laid Plans is soon to be an 8-hour TV series and she is currently doing a one-woman show around Britain.
Tanika Gupta has written over 20 stage plays that have been produced across the UK and has written extensively for television (Eastenders/Grange Hill) and radio drama. Some of her plays include: Lions and Tigers (Globe theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Theatre –Dramaturg), Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells); Sugar Mummies (Royal Court Theatre); Gladiator Games (Sheffield Crucible Theatre). Awards include: John Whiting Award for The Waiting Room, Asian Women Of Achievement Award, BBC Audio Drama Award for ‘Best Adaptation’ for A Doll’s House. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from Chichester University.
Greg Mosse is a ‘writer and encourager of writers’ with many years’ experience as editor and script consultant. Today, he writes mostly for theatre and runs the Criterion New Writing script development program at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly. With his wife, the international bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, Greg writes original scripts and adaptations for film and stage. He is a creative associate at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and has three shows slated for 2018, including a new two-act play of kidnap and murder among 18th century smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang.
Simon Williams is currently playing Justin Elliott in The Archers and has just finished a stint in EastEnders. His recent Theatre credits include Versailles at The Donmar and The Power of Yes at The National. He is currently appearing with his wife, Lucy Fleming in Posting Letters To The Moon, about the wartime letters of her parents, Celia Johnson and Peter Fleming, which began life at The Festival at Hampstead Theatre in 2015. He last played at Hampstead in Edward Hall’s wonderful stage production of Chariots of Fire. He now has a weekly column in The Telegraph Magazine.
Time: 7pm and 8.45pm
Date: Saturday 17 February
Location: Hampstead's Rehearsal Room
Duration: 1 hour
Full price: £10
Seniors, Under 30s, Students and Access: £8