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Freshly Squeezed Theatre, Saturday 24 January 2015

The premiere in a series of new work events, supporting the work of budding writers, performers, directors and designers. Under the direction a professional cast, nine new voices were brought to life after a six month workshop programme led by North East playwright and actor Lesley Hart and included guest sessions from world class playwrights and dramaturges Frances Poet, Zinnie Harris, David Greig and David Harrower.

Read the Freshly Squeezed Theatre programme or watch the live performances


How Will I Know by Laura Miller
The inspiration for How Will I Know partly came about after watching a marathon of the MTV's show Catfish; which bombastically highlights the perils of internet relationships. The rest was born of my own curiosity into what the internet would be like as a person, if it were a person, and if it could possible form an opinion of its own, given that it is a vehicle for other peoples thoughts, lies and cat videos.


Carpool by George Milne
Car Pool is an excerpt from a longer piece that was subsequently written for radio and broadcast by the Station House Media Unit’s radio service over Christmas 2014. The idea for Car Pool was to consider how friends may drift apart, and suddenly meet in an unexpected manner. How honest are they with each other? How do they feel about the old days? And what if one has a great big secret he wants to keep from?


The Next Time You See Me by Shane Strachan
The Next Time You See Me is similar to much of the prose the Shane Strachan uses to utilise the Northeast and its Doric dialect to explore contemporary issues. While some people might have associations of works in Doric and North east writing more generally, with parochialism or kailyard couthyness, he hoped this play would break down those preconceptions, alongside tackling subjects that are still taboo in many Scottish towns. Moving from the limitations of the written word in prose to the much more accessible and direct form of staged drama has allowed for a more authentic rendering of Northeast speech, which was very liberating to write.


Pawn to Queen Five by Tim Tricker
Pawn to Queen Five explores the relationship between two female characters. The piece is written such that ages are unspecified, so hopefully the interpretation of the play can vary depending on casting. The title references the fact that, on a board during a game of chess, it only takes a pawn five moves to become a queen. The play investigates small increments of movement, whether physical, linguistic or imaginative.


69 by Polly Gordon
Jess has just turned 69. She seeks excitement and has set out on the road to a final mad passionate fling. Will this deviation from the tedium of her current life path lead to what she wants? Jess faces some role reversal and reminiscing along the way.


Knots & Crosses by Donna Ewen
Inspired by the story of Henry Burnett, the first and last man to be hung at HMP Aberdeen. His remains were exhumed when the prison closed down. It was to be close to half a century after his death before his family were able to hold a private ceremony for him at Aberdeen Crematorium on August 7, 2014.


Who Cares by Margaret Ludgate
The over 60s group is growing faster than any other in society. There are more of us than ever before, and, although ageing is not an illness, it can bring in its wake many problems affecting older people and their families. Is there, for example, a solution to satisfy both the dependent elderly person and their carer, allowing each to lead a fulfilling life? In this excerpt, the mother Vera and her daughter are set on a collision course. Who will call the tune in the end?


WOLF by Jennifer Merchant
WOLF started with a short story read in a collection of Scottish folk and fairy tales, written by the Aberdeenshire born minister and writer George MacDonald, The Grey Wolf is naturally a disturbing story, but one which is ambiguous in the depiction of its three characters and open to interpretation. As it is only told from the perspective of one character and contains very little dialogue, this play explores the characters in more depth and in a contemporary setting, whilst still maintaining an element of fantasy. Where we put the blame and how we cope with feeling isolated, particularly when others can’t or won’t see where the damage lies, is explored through WOLF, albeit in a slightly offbeat and perhaps comical way at times.


Albrecht in Venice by Marka Rifat
Inspired by Dürer’s work from an early age, including the postcard of his finely detailed watercolour of a young hare from 1502 (painted four years after his first visit to Venice, the setting for the play). Everything Marka Rifat read about him over the years increased his fascination for this multi talented, intelligent, well travelled and ambitious man from Nuremberg who matched his desire to be an artist in the modern sense, producing what he wanted (rather than a craftsman, working to commission, which was the norm at that time), while ensuring financial and critical success.