Rehearsal Room Number 16

28-30 April 2010
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Blow Me Beautiful by Gabriel Quigley and Vicki Liddelle, Dare to Care: A Noel Coward and Madeleine Smith Revival by Christine Lindsay, The Next of It by John McCann, Rehearsal Room Showcase & Debate: Emerging Artists – Where to Now?

Schedule

  • 28 April – Rehearsed reading of Blow Me Beautiful. Directed by Marilyn Imrie. Assistant Director Amanda Gaughan.
  • 29 April – Rehearsed reading of Dare to Care: A Noel Coward and Madeleine Smith Revival. Directed by Muriel Romanes. Assistant Director Lauren Graham.
  • 30 April – Rehearsed reading of The Next of It. Directed by Lu Kemp. Assistant Director Madeleine O’Reilly.
  • 1 May – Presentation of extracts from all three plays followed by a discussion about the experience of emerging artists entering the theatre.

Background

Blow Me Beautiful is set in a small hairdressing shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile where manager Raymond Bussell tries to keep things running smoothly while dreaming of a life of celebrity success. Things rarely go according to plan as Raymond struggles with an over-sexed assistant, a sullen receptionist, a vacant Saturday girl and a new recruit.

Set in Scotland’s only women’s prison, Dare to Care: A Noel Coward and Madeleine Smith Revival offers a view of jail life from an unexpected angle.

The Next of It is a black comedy set in County Armagh, about family secrets and the legacy of silence. An old blind woman digging her grave enlists her teenage granddaughter to dig with her. In helping her grandmother the girl learns the secret that has driven the family apart with silence and reproaches for as long as she can remember.

Rehearsal Room Showcase & Debate: Emerging Artists – Where to Now?
The debate organisers and facilitators were Amanda Gaughan, Lauren Graham and Madeleine O’Reilly. Guest speakers were the lecturer Ali de Souza, RSAMD, the artist Nic Green, and Julie Ellen, Creative Director of the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.