04 – Open Door (part one) – March 2014

Extracts from five pieces of new work by Cucumber Writers in the first part of an initiative with Birmingham REP on Thursday, March 13 2014 @ 7.30pm

Em by Amy Dollery

Em is desperate to get being a good mum right, but when social care becomes involved she finds herself torn by her family, her partner and her own insecurities.
The play explores the difficulties in making what you believe is the right decision both in the personal and professional world.

Em is played by Nadia Kemp-Sayfi
Vicky is played by Deborah McEwan
David is played by Hadley Brown
Karen is played by Catriona McDonald

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Love in West Brom by Rupi Lal

“In fair West Brom, where we set our scene, a pair of star-crossed lovers live their life in strife…” Romeo & Juliet this is not… This is Love in West Brom! A comedy about a Black Country girl and a boy with Punjabi parents who struggle to cross boundaries and cultural differences to stay together.

Ravi is played by Rupi Lal
Nicky is played by Natasha Cotran
Bero is played by Bharti Patel
Harpreet is played by Pardip Kumar

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Burning Issue by Elizabeth Parkes

William Price was a man born out of his time with beliefs that would seem quite rational today but in the nineteenth century were dangerous views to hold.
A man of the people; an inspired doctor; a renowned eccentric; he is best remembered for his trial that eventually changed the law of the land.

Dr William Price is played by Patrick Bentley
Gwenny Price is played by Natasha Cotran
Huw Llewellyn is played by Alan Wales
Justice Stephenson is played by John Johnson
Constable Iestyn Jones is played by Rupi Lal
Mr Williams is played by Tom Williams
Iain Thomas is played by Hadley Brown
Rhiannon Morgan is played by Catriona McDonald

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Introducing Mary Baxter, who wanted Pierre Monteau and high art, but got Peter Archer and the Sunday Telegraph Crossword Compendium by Matthew Warburton

Introducing Mary focuses on some of the more dramatic incidents in the relationship of Peter Archer and Mary Baxter. Any long term relationship has its highs and lows, and people muddle through, or they don’t.

Peter is played by Tom Williams
Mary is played by Kat Bailey

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Varnish by Angela Gallagher

Anna makes her living spotting true masterpieces of art hidden under years of damage while Donald makes his restoring them. Yet their lives are based on hiding truths from the world and from each other. Truths that Anna’s persistent daughter Izzy is now close to finding out.

Isabelle is played by Nadia Kemp Sayfi
Donald is played by Alan Wales
Anna is played by Deborah McEwan

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