Summer Festival of New Writing

PROGRAMME

THE SHORTS (4.30pm-5.40pm)

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THE LONGS (7pm-9pm)

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Filling The Void by Merle Wheldon-Posner was originally a six part television series shortlisted for the 2019 BBC Comedy TV Writing submissions. Merle has adapted her series for stage, directed by Lola Shaw, and hopes to continue to develop it into a full length stage play. All feedback will be much appreciated. 

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Lola Shaw

Merle Wheldon-Posner

Director

Actress & Writer

Lola is a director, actor and writer. She is about to graduate from her MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and recently completed the National Theatre’s playwriting course. She was selected for the Old Vic Theatre Makers program beginning this autumn. 

Merle is one of the Artistic Directors of The Bomb Factory Theatre. She was shortlisted for the BBC 2019 Comedy TV writing submissions and directed the National Theatre Connection’s production for WCYT at the Bush Theatre. Merle has performed and directed at the University of Manchester, Dorchester Arts Theatre, Camden Peoples’ Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. The most recent production she directed and starred in was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. When she is not writing and performing, Merle works in film and television Set Decoration. Merle is represented as an actress by Lou Coulson associates. 

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Somewhere in a gym in the suburbs of London, during weekly women's only gym sessions, an army of four young women are plotting to become the strongest they've ever been. But, as they prepare themselves for battle, they have to ask themselves what they're battling against; is it each other, or is it what awaits them on the outside of the four walls of the changing room? This is a work in progress extract from Girl With Wings and Trauma, a play that chronicles three seasons of growing up. It is a play about coming of age, about survival and about finding your own narrative in an age where storytelling can cost you everything, for better or for worse.

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Jessy Roberts

Director

Jessy is a director and theatre maker who works in new writing and devised theatre. She is the artistic director of Teastain Theatre, who make multi-disciplinary work exploring contemporary feminist issues, and she is an associate writer of Middle Child Theatre.

India Harrison-Peppe

Writer

India is a writer and theatre-maker from London. She is an artistic director and co-founder of The Bomb Factory Theatre Company. India's one-act verse play, Upload to Clout Nine was shortlisted for the Flux Theatre Emerge Award. Currently studying an M.A. in Dramatic Writing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, India has completed three plays during her year in Bristol; Something of my o.w.n. (Stage), Out with A Bang (Audio) and Paying for It (Stage). An extract of India's play Something of my o.w.n was performed at the Bristol Old Vic in July. India has interned at Platform Presents Production Company, completed work experience in National Theatre's Director's Office and The Royal Opera House and is a reader for The Finborough Theatre.

Sophie Walter

PIA

Sophie is a London based Actor from the Midlands. Sophie started as an actor with the NYT Rep Company in 2014, and went on the star in Macbeth, and Private Peaceful at the Ambassador's Theatre in the West End. Sophie trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include: Nicholas Nickleby at the Old Vic, The Tempest at the Royal and Derngate, as well as ITV's Grantchester and The Winter Pilgrims. Sophie is about to feature in Radio 4's Theseus, and is currently filming To have a Lover where she will play Mireille.

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Kate Crisp

RAYA

Kate is a London based actor from Glastonbury. She trained at LAMDA on the foundation course before attending Bristol University, studying Theatre and English. She currently performs with the music group Lynks. This summer, they performed on the main stage at Latitude festival and have been cited by the Guardian and NME as one of the top emerging artists in 2021. Kate is a writer and is currently in pre-production for a film she has written and is set to star in alongside Linus Roache.

Amelia Paltridge

LUCY

Amelia is an English half Aussie actress from Cambridge, who just graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Eliza Smith

MEG

Eliza’s parents are from a village in West Yorkshire near Ilkley Moore. Eliza attended national youth theatre before getting into Bristol Old Vic theatre school.

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'Are you gonna... are you gonna like, change the way you dress now?'

 

A boy fasts. A man arrives for a dance lesson. A girl finds weeds growing under her toenails. 

 

Fracture is a fragmented play about bodies. 

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Shannon Hayes

Marcus Harman

Finlay Stroud

Director & Writer

Actor

Actor

Actor

Philippa is a director and writer who has made work in London, Edinburgh, Oxford and Glasgow. She also runs Tightrope Theatre, and, while a student, had plays selected for the National Student Drama Festival and the Inter-University Drama Festival. She also works freelance as an assistant director, and is on the literary team at the Finborough Theatre. Philippa is now studying a Master's in Writing for Performance at the University of Cambridge, and is taking the John Burgess Playwriting Course.

Shannon trained at Bristol Old Vic and attended Oxford University.

 

Theatre work includes;

RAYA (Hampstead Theatre),  The Gift (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Conspiracy (Barrel Organ); The Ridiculous Darkness (Gate)

Television work includes Ted Lasso; Casualty, Years and Years; Cold Feet; Kiss Me First; Vera and Undercover.

Marcus is delighted to appear in The Bomb Factory’s production of ‘Fracture’.
Marcus made his West End debut in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. He will resume playing the lead role twice a week in October when it reopens.

Finlay is an actor and writer based in London. He has performed in a number of productions, including A Level Playing Field at Jermyn Street Theatre, Hedda at the Oxford Playhouse and As You Like It at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
He also writes and performs sketch comedy as one half of Finlay and Joe, debuting at the Edinburgh fringe festival in 2019.

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Esmonde Cole

Actor

Esmonde is a professional actor and voice-over artist, who can currently can be seen in CBBC’s ‘Still So Awkward' and Apple TV’s Ted Lasso. His theatre credits include ‘The Snow Queen’ at The Park theatre and ‘Learning To Swim’ at Criterion Theatre.

Rachel Bardwell

Actor

Rachel is a British/Australian actor and Drama Centre London graduate. She has been involved in a range of commercial, theatre & film projects including a recent campaign for the Northern Ireland Electoral Commission and is also a member of The Sirrah Sisters, a female and non-binary Shakespeare company. Rachel is thrilled to be back performing with Bomb Factory Theatre after appearing in Love Come Down in February 2020. 

Julia Pilkington

Actor

Julia trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and previously performed in the Bomb Factory's 2020 showcase, Love Come Down. 

Our creative/backstage team...

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Izzy Parriss

Producer

Izzy Parriss is currently the lead producer for Bomb Factory Theatre which she joined in April 2021. Izzy has produced the entire Summer Festival of New Writing as well as directing several short pieces. She also produces and directs independently and is currently developing two plays for VAULT Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. Previous to this, Izzy completed a producing internship with the New York based theatre company Yonder Window and worked freelance for a number of theatre companies including Wessex Grove and the Birmingham Rep.

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Amber Heslop

Stage Manager

Amber is an English Literature and Drama graduate from the University of Manchester. Amber is passionate about casting and representation and is currently an assistant at Clare Vidal-Hall, a theatre agency for award winning artists and creatives. As well as stage managing small scale productions in her spare time, Amber is also a stylist for a new collective called ‘Rally’ and has previously worked as a stylist’s assistant.

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Harry Sloggett 

Lighting & Sound

Harry is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh. Throughout his time at university, he was able to provide the lighting design on all sizes of productions, from small improvised pieces to large musicals such as ‘Rent’ and ‘Pippin’. He is looking forward to diving back into behind-the-scenes work and doing what he loves again. 

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