The two new readings will be ‘Actually, Love’, a comedy by Yasmeen about a bitter actor stuck on the film-set of a rom com, and an extract of ‘Pawn’ by Melody Bridges, a drama exploring the impact of porn on a middle class family.
The Rehearsal Room Presents puts the audience at the heart of the evening – each reading will be followed by a short Q&A where you get to give your feedback and also discuss the issues raised in each piece; a theatrical question time over drinks and nibbles.
This is the first in a series of evenings based on the ethos of Yasmeen’s recently launched arts and culture blog, www.therehearsalroom.co.uk, combining theatre writing with other art forms. The series of evenings aims to provide a platform for new work alongside more established voices and for BME writers and performers to be programmed parallel to mainstream artists. Similarly, the blog features interviews, previews etc with established names alongside industry new-comers and ‘ones to watch’.
Yasmeen is a regular voice on radio, including presenting documentaries on Radio 4. Her theatre writing includes the play Break The Floorboards – recently awarded best live event at the Asian Media Awards – which toured around the UK earlier this year. Earlier in 2013 her comedy play about an ex-boyband member and his superfan, ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ (co-written and performed with Irwin Sparkes of The Hoosiers) previewed at Tara Theatre ahead of a sold-out run at The Pleasance.
Melody Bridges studied English and drama at Cambridge before becoming an actress and director. She made three factual television series in London before moving to New York to study to become a film director. She is currently focusing on theatre writing – her comedy-drama about motherhood, ‘Push!’, was recently performed at Stratford East as part of the Angelic Tales new writing season and she has had a further five productions performed at various festivals in 2013.
The Rehearsal Room Presents aims to be an inspiring and interactive evening of entertainment, combining bite-sized pieces of performance together with music and conversation. Just like Saturday morning telly used to be back when it was good…except on stage.
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The Rehearsal Room Presents, Tuesday 19th November, Tara Arts, 7.30pm Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) Box Office 020 8333 4457 or book online www.tara-arts.com
Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4ES. Directly opposite Earlsfield station, short overground journey from Waterloo/Vauxhall/Clapham Junction