First Draft (written by Marianne Powell, directed by Cecily Boys)
An author struggles to write her period romantic novel when her characters come to life with suggestions of their own.
Marianne Powell is a writer and editor. Her work been performed at the Leicester Square theatre, the Broadway Barking and the Red Hedgehog (Highgate). She is delighted to be part of Little Pieces of Gold for the second time.
Cecily has her own fringe theatre company, Old Bomb Theatre with which she achieved sell out shows at York Theatre Royal's Studio. She has directed for numerous venues including York Shakespeare Co, Theatre 503 and London Playwrights Collective. Cecily produced and directed TALKING IN BED (by Tom Green) for 503 which sold out and achieved excellent reviews. She also directed Karen Perkin's 'Unseen Ducks' for Little Pieces of Gold's April showcase.
The Best Men (by David Taylor, directed by Tom Hughes)
James is to be best man at his friend's wedding and so he pops into Galip's for what he hopes will be a quick trim. But Galip, the barber, is the ultimate perfectionist and will not allow his customers to leave until they are completely satisfied. Will James make it to the church in time?
David Taylor began writing 4 years ago, having completed a degree in animation. He is primarily interested in screen writing having written a number of features as well as severalshorts, one of which has been picked up by a producer, who is currently raising the funds to have it made. The Best Men is his first attempt at a stage play.
Tom Hughes is learning directing with Living Pictures and the Young Vic Genesis Programme. He is the Project Manager for the Living Pictures Directors Acting programme. Directing includes: Tape (Warwick Student Arts Festival), The Great Irish Elk (Theatre503), Zoo Meat (One Night Stands). Assistant directing includes: Bronte 2010 & 2011 (Shared Experience / Watermill Theatre / Oxford Playhouse), Wild Horses (Theatre503), Three Minute Hero (Cock Tavern Theatre)
Shyness Can Stop You (written by Michael Ross, directed by Erica Miller)
Sian, a 'recovered' shy person, dispenses advice at her support group for shy people but it seems that she may be more in need of advice than her clients.
Last May, Michael reached the final of 'REDfest; a festival of new writing' at the Old Red Lion with his play, Daily Hell. Previous plays include Eyes Full of Pornography (WriteBites at RADA) and In An Instant (Theatre503), Dare Me To The Desert (World At One, Kings Head, winner of the Zeitgeist Nerw Play competition 2008) A Handful of Mustard Seed (rehearsed reading at the Bush Library), Teachers Playground (Landor Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe) They Won't Kill You (Barons Court). Michael was also a member of the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme.
After training with Stonecrabs Theatre and the Young Vic, Erica believes she has arrived at the perfect artistic mix in directing theatre. She specialises in New Writing. Recent directing credits: Take Me 2 Manhattan (Talawa/Young Vic), Toba Tek Singh (Spill Festival/National Theatre Studio),Tryst (With Destiny) (Tara Arts), The Translators (Writers Avenue/Soho Theatre), Myth of Apples (Allons-y Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre).
The Gate (written by Ian Kendall, directed by David Weinberg)
A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque scenario in which he is about to make a court appearance but has no idea why.
Ian has been writing for about fifteen years during which time he has been involved with playwrights from the West Midlands. He has had a number of short theatre plays performed in and around Worcestershire and is currently working with a professional director in Hereford to develop work to production.
David Weinberg has worked as both an actor and a director in London's West End. Most recently he directed Macbeth at Piper's Opera House and Bertolt Brecht's adaptation of Coriolanus in a festival hosted by the RSC in Stratford upon Avon. He has received a directing award from the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and holds an MA from RADA. He also directed Alison Rose's Small Mercies for Little Pieces of Gold's April showcase.
Kindling (written by Aisha Josiah, directed by Cecily Boys)
A boy is trapped in a dark cellar with a mysterious girl. As he tries to escape, it becomes apparent that she is not what she seems.
Aisha Josiah is a Dramatic Writing major at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her previous work includes: Welcome to Neverland (North London Film Fund Award 2009/10) and Lyle and Sephy Get Married (Almeida Theatre 2010 YFA Play Festival).