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Voices In The Dark

24 Apr 2018

CultureClash Theatre proudly presents their first ever new writing night, featuring 8 short plays written around the themes of injustice, inequality or gender and selected by an industry panel from over 100 submissions.

The line up includes:


Badger by Luke Stapleton 
Directed by Liam Fleming
Performed by Martin Donaghy as GRAHAM

There’s this guy, right. His name’s Harry. We’ve sort of become mates. We both like beer and watch the same sports. We grew up 150 spits away from each other (for those non-spitters – that’s not far). We’re about the same age and we’re both white. In socio-economic terms, we’re basically the same person.

Except we’re really not. Harry is not like me. And I’ll be f*cked if I let them out there think he is. I’ve got to do something... Say something... Expose him for what he really is ... *sips whisky* … W-will you help me?


Choice by Rebecca Robinson 
Directed by Jodi Burgess
Performed by:
Hugh Barnett as GRAHAM
Isobel Eadie as KATE
Rachel Fenwick, Su McLaughlin and Shivi Hotwani as THE VOICES

At a time when guilt seems to be decided via public opinion, when social media grants everyone a voice and nobody a defence, when an accusation can be as damaging as a conviction, when the loudest shouter or the most emotive performer becomes the believed, how can we ever decide what really happened?

Choice is a piece that considers both sides of a “he-said/she-said” rape accusation and questions society's role in apportioning the blame.


Her, Him, Mother and Other by Andy Pilkington
Directed by James Haddrell
Performed by:
Serin Ibrahim as HER
Samuel Lane as HIM
Su McLaughlin as MOTHER
Jessica Aquilina as OTHER

Her, Him, Mother and Other is a short play about four different people and their perspectives on domestic violence. To provide a different way of addressing this subject matter, and as an alternative to traditional prose, their stories are told through performance poetry.


How To Invest In Poverty by Cassiah Joski-Jethi
Directed by Laura Wooff
Performed by:
Melissa Nolan as LACEY
Gabriella Margulies as SAMARA

In the busy mad-dash world of Central London, a high-flying financier Samara meets a smart and sharp young woman Lacey - who happens to be homeless. Their interaction explores typical attitudes towards individuals who are homeless, and how this can be challenged and changed, but is often sadly not. 


Necessary Change by Azeem Bhati
Directed by Mike Cottrell
Performed by:
Shivi Hotwani as DARSHAN
Bhavik C Pankhania as SAMIR

Best friends since high school, Samir and Darshan have always shared similar thoughts and views about most things. But when Samir is drawn to one political party, Darshan struggles to understand Samir's choices and feels that he no longer recognises his friend. Will their friendship survive the challenges that will arise as a result of their newfound differences? 


NYE by Rachel Salisbury
Directed by Florance O’Mahony
Performed by:
Cassandra Hercules as TARA
Jamie O’Neill as OLLIE

It’s New Year’s Eve and the music in the club is terrible. Ollie and Tara have just met and escape to the bar to sing their own songs loudly to try and drown out the DJ. Sparks are flying between them and they know it. But as they get to know each other better, it is clear they have very different world beliefs.

Can two people really click if one of them lives a life that the other thinks is filled with injustice? How much do we let our core beliefs hold us back from making a connection with someone?


St. Christopher by Conor Gormally
Directed by Serin Ibrahim
Performed by:
Katrina McKeever as AINE
Sarah Agha as CLAIRE

Its 2009 and two girls are on a ferry across the Irish Sea. Aine and Claire watch their city go by and discuss all your normal teenager topics – anything to take their mind off why they’re here. They may be girls but already they’ve learned what it means to be a woman in Northern Ireland.

They’ve got each other and the patron saint of travellers watching their backs, so everything will be fine, right?


The Unfortunate Trial of Robin Goodfellow by James Haddrell
Directed by James Haddrell
Performed by:
Joseph Richardson as ROBIN GOODFELLOW
Martin Edwards as JUDGE
Rachel Fenwick as FAIRY 1
Alice De-Warrenne as FAIRY 2

As Theseus and his court retire to bed and the rude mechanicals head home flushed with the success of their performance, a cry rings out across fairyland - Puck, the apparent architect of the day's misadventures, is to be tried by a court of his peers. With a series of witnesses called from the countryside, the court and fairyland itself, is this an elaborate hoax or something altogether more sinister?

A sequel to A Midsummer Night's Dream written in iambic pentameter, The Unfortunate Trial of Robin Goodfellow is a darkly boisterous and unexpectedly contemporary satire on the abuse of power.


Presented by: CultureClash Theatre
Suitable for ages: 16+
Performance times: 7pm
Ticket prices: £8.50, Concessions & Equity members £6 (prices include £1 per ticket booking fee)
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