We currently have two plays on the road
Jordan and Blackbird
By Anna Reynolds with Moira Buffini
Directed by Gordon Hamlin
With Sian Weedon as Shirley
A modern day Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, it tells of a mother driven to the ultimate act to avoid having her child taken away from her.
This true story of a woman marginalised by society and brutalised by the father of her child is unlikely to leave you unmoved.
Moira Buffini was born in Cheshire to Irish parents, and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University (1983-86).
For Jordan, co-written with Anna Reynolds in 1992, she won a Time Out Award for her performance and Writers' Guild Award for Best Fringe play.
Anna Reynolds was born in 1968 and is a British novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. She is the author of Tightrope (1991) and Jordan, which was voted "Best Play of 1992" at the Writers Guild Awards, and co-author of The Winding Sheet, a film that won a Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. Her first novel, Insanity, was published in 1996. She has had 10 plays professionally produced.
In 1986, at the age of 17, Anna Reynolds (co-writer of Jordan) murdered her sleeping mother with a hammer. She was sentenced to life in prison, and sent to Durham Prison, but her conviction was overturned after two years when she won an appeal after it was discovered she was suffering from a hormone imbalance, premenstrual stress syndrome, based on evidence provided by Dr Katharina Dalton. Reynolds was then sent to a mental health institute in Northampton to seek additional help.
Reynolds met Shirley Jones, the subject of the play Jordan in prison whilst serving her sentence.
By David Harrower
Directed by Gordon Hamlin
With Chris Saunders as Ray and Sian Weedon
‘You left me. You left me alone. You left me in love!’
A fascinating and un-nerving tale of revenge and intrigue.
Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now, years later, she's found him again. This electrifying and explosive play has Ray confronting his past when Una arrives unannounced at his place of work. Guilt and raw emotions run high as they unpick their passionate, forbidden love affair.
Now aged twenty seven, after stumbling across his photo in a trade magazine in her doctor's waiting room she tracks him down and corners him. Why? To accuse him? Humiliate him? Attack him? Hurt him? Kill him? Or to rekindle the relationship?
These, the principal characters in this unremittingly intense 90-minute one-act by Scottish playwright David Harrower, are birds with broken wings—psychologically crippled by this relationship that left both their lives in tatters.
This intense drama of guilt, memory and desire tries to make sense of a painful past and as tensions rise, asks uncomfortable questions about the nature of true love and sexual abuse?
Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and premiered at the 2005 festival. Blackbird was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2007.
This phenomenal award winning drama has enjoyed a highly successful tour as well as seasons in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Australia.
David Harrower (born in 1966 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish playwright who (as of 2005) lives in Glasgow.
Harrower's first play, Knives in Hens, which premiered at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre in 1995, was considered a critical and popular success. It deals with a relationship triangle in a rural setting, and a woman's internal quest to find out what she wants from life.
Subsequent plays include Kill the Old Torture Their Young (Traverse, 1998), which follows a disparate group of characters across an unnamed city, mixing realism with poetry and fantasy. Presence (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, April 2001) takes another look at the Beatles's legendary residency at the Star Club in Hamburg on the eve of their success, and Dark Earth (Traverse, August 2003) begins as a broad comedy and turns into a speculation about the meaning of history and the land.
In 2005, Blackbird was produced by the Edinburgh International Festival, directed by Peter Stein and transferred in February 2006 to the Albery Theatre in London's West End. It was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2007.
By Ella Hickson
Directed by Gordon Hamlin
With Richard Sadler
A short vignette; a poignant tale of a man coming to terms with his peculiar phobia.
Alone and with time on his hands and women on his mind he wrestles with how this particular ‘discoid malady’ has ruled and shaped his life.
Ella Hickson, aged 27, has received widespread critical acclaim for her play-wrighting since leaving Edinburgh University in 2008.
Her first play, Eight; a set of eight monologues, won a Fringe First and other awards at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. The show toured to New York in January 2009 and received huge critical acclaim and sell-out audiences. It opened at Trafalgar Studios, London in July2009, as did Ella's second play Precious Little Talent in March 2011.
PS from Gordon. Buttons was the first of these monologues to be written. Whilst it was not included in the final line up of Eight at the Edinburgh Festival, I am incredibly fond and proud of this monologue; this Ninth man is, after all, where it all began.