Party Planning

THE Cucumber Writers are holding a party this Friday. You should come along.

Of course it’s a theatrical party.

A fictional theatrical awkward office retirement party, but don’t let that stop you. There’ll be a buffet.

This is our first foray back into the world of writing to a theme, after going free form looking at our own longer pieces in the first half of the year, and despite running on a bit of reduced schedule for us, our pieces seem to have become quite a lot more integrated than usual.

We suspect it’s because all the characters are supposed to be in the same room at the same time, and they mostly seem to know one another.

It makes you wonder exactly how integrated a group of writers, writing their own pieces might be able to become, given enough time and planning. Could we one day write a play, one complete play, just between the 11 of us?

Themes are sometimes hard to come across, and sometimes they land in our laps. There are several bubbling away in the background for future rehearsed readings already, but it’s really interesting, when like this one, they seem to take on a life of their own.

Sorry to See You Go is on at the Door @ Birmingham Rep on Friday, October 24 as part of the Open Door initiative. We’d love to see you there.

Alex

Part Two – coming soon

WE’RE deep in the messy sausage making bit of putting one of our rehearsed readings together at the moment, attempting to schedule a collection of lovely, talented and generous performers and directors into our incredibly limited rehearsal schedule.

We’re constantly very aware that the people giving us their time also have proper paying jobs, which they have to give precedence to, so we don’t like the idea of asking anyone to commit to working with us on any particular date, months ahead of time, in case they get an offer of real work and end up in a quandary.

The effect of that though, is that several weeks before a rehearsed reading, we’re crossing our fingers until they turn white, waiting to find out whether we have a full cast, or whether Rupi is likely to have to play a 50 year old woman (clearly he would do an excellent job, it’s just a lot to ask).

Soon (hopefully soon) this bit will be behind us and we’ll be geared up and ready to rehearse, but we already have six intriguing new scripts, and a date booked with the Birmingham Rep, so we’re very excited to get started.

Book yourself a couple of tickets and see what you think.

 

The next big thing

AS a group of writers who only meet once a month, momentum is a tricky thing to maintain.

We’ve tried really hard to set up momentum this year, with rehearsed readings of new work in February, and again in the summer.

Of course the tricky thing with setting up momentum is to maintain it, to keep the plates spinning.

We have a new rehearsed reading, hopefully, taking place at the end of November (we say hopefully because it depends on the goodwill of a group of ridiculously generous performers, not to mention a willing audience, and our own ability to meet deadlines).

It’s an exciting brand-new idea, tapping into the shared-world nature of Pitch and Jam, to hopefully keep our collective audience engaged through 10 different 10-minute plays.

It’s tricky to get the plates spinning, it’s tricky to keep the plates spinning, but it’s also really good fun doing both, so fingers crossed this is a roadmap for years to come.