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‘Skirt’ at Alphabetti Spaghetti’s 3 Shorts

At the end of 2013 I was invited by Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre Company to write a new one-act play for their latest ‘3 Shorts’ event, a showcase for new writing held at their venue The Dog and Parrot.

Alphabetti are a fantastic company led by artistic director Ali Pritchard, and the regeneration of the performance space at the D&P is part of their mission to create a new fringe theatre scene here in Newcastle – a very worthy mission in my opinion.

Myself, Ali and playwright Janet Plater all set out to write a new piece, with our only brief being to write for 4 actors and give our plays a title that was a piece of clothing – I went for ‘Skirt’, and chose to write about a couple skirting the issue of their relationship’s inevitable end (with commentary from their future selves, despairing at their action and inaction). The other 2 plays were Ali’s ‘Jumper’ about unlikely connections being made on a Metro platform, and Janet’s ‘Shoes’ about aspiring cake shop owner Amy’s attempts at acquiring a love life.
My play was directed by Alphabetti’s Lee Rosher, and each of the 3 Shorts was performed by Sally Collett, Wilf Stone, Rosie Stancliffe and Matt Howdon, with set design by Henri Meadows. I was lucky enough to join them for one of the rehearsal sessions, where I witnessed one of the most frantic warmup sessions I’ve ever seen! I had a brilliant time working with Alphabetti, and was so impressed with the final performances they presented – you can read a review of 3 Shorts online at Gigglebeats and see photo galleries from all the performances on the Alphabetti website. You can also watch the trailer for the shows, and the highlights reel of ‘Skirt’ in the video clips below!

Alphabetti’s enthusiasm and commitment to the quality of the work they put on is inspiring – and I hope to be working with them again very soon!