Line up revealed for The Playhouse Theatre’s One Act Play Festival

From 22-26 May 2018, The Playhouse Theatre present their very own One Act Play Festival, which features a number of pieces from local writers and performers.

The show line up has been released for the 5-day festival, with cast announcements to follow. The short plays will be presented as either a full performance, a rehearsed reading (where the cast will have scripts in hands) or as a radio play, which will be recorded by the venue.

The week of performances will kick off on Tuesday night with a special two act radio recording of Peter Nicholls’ acclaimed Passion Play

Tickets are available from The Playhouse, with single evening tickets at £5, or just £12 for entry for the whole festival!

Each evening starts at 7.45pm, with the bar open from 7pm.


One Act Festival Full Line Up:


Passion Play by Peter Nicholls.

A play dealing with adultery and betrayal, unusual in that the two leading characters are each portrayed by two actors for public speech and private thoughts. Recommended 14+

Tickets for 22 May


A rehearsed reading of, ‘The Lift Party,’ by Sarah Love, presented by Theze Guyz Theatre Company

If you’ve ever been trapped in a lift, the waiting to be rescued seems like forever. Luckily for these, they have Terence trapped too, who is a party man. 

A reading of ‘Bread of Heaven,’ by Barry Dougall.

The memoirs of Arthur Buchanan, a former Rugby Player and Journalist

A performance of ‘Mary’s King’ by Sarah Love, presented by Theze Guyz Theatre Company

What would it be like to be the mother of the Son of God? Here, in a comical and sometimes poignant way, Mary voices her thoughts as her baby Jesus grows to adulthood. 

Tickets for 23 May


A reading of ‘Captive Audience,’ by Keith Lipscombe.

A pantoplay in One Act.

A performance of ‘Priceless,’ by Weekes Baptiste and Rebecca Black.

Priceless tells the story of a young attractive woman (Justine) who arrives by invitation to an Art Exhibition Party that doesn’t exist; this deception is the brainchild of Jason an older man who has a secret crush on her. 

Tickets for 24 May


A performance of the one man show, ‘I am John Clare,’ by Steven Loveless, performed by Robin Hillman.

Writer and Director Steven Loveless and Performer Robin Hillman co-produce this one man show, taking the audience through a time of reflection and contemplation for Clare, “a quest in search of his own identity, creativity and to try to understand what is insanity and why they call him mad”.

A recording of ‘The Kiss’ by Katie Hims.

Three short pieces with a linking theme. ‘Goodbye,’ ‘The Advertisement,’ and ’The Pet Shop

Tickets for 25 May


A radio recording of ‘Antarctica,’ by Karla Dearsley.

Why has Terry moved into the Freezer at the warehouse?

A radio recording of ‘Cherries Hung with Snow,’ by Ronnie Smith.

It’s over five years since Tommie was de-mobbed after National Service. Now he’s come back in search of some familiar faces.

Tickets for 26 May

Full cast announcements are due soon; please keep an eye on The Playhouse Theatre’s Facebook page and website for further details. 


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