It’s been ages since I’ve had the chance to write about the Common Wealth Crew and our Endeavors. Of course it’s because we’ve been busy with life, holidays, excursions to other theatres in the area, and planning our 2015 offerings.
First up is a double bill of one act, dark comedies from two young writers: Jess Sayer from New Zealand and Mike Bartlett from the UK.
Jess’s play is ELEVATOR, which I saw at the Auckland Fringe in 2013 and immediately asked for the rights. It’s a really intriguing mixture of genres, condensed into the tiniest playing space and with some exceptionally keen observations on family/friend dynamics. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and share my opinion that, at just 24, Jess is a talent to watch.
CONTRACTIONS was Mike Barlett’s second play and was originally produced for the radio before having a successful run in the offices of The Royal Court. It’s been translated and produced all over the world and I think when you experience this ink black comedy you’ll understand why. It speaks to the every day, mundane, oppression of corporate life, and how that seeps into our personal matters as well.
So those are the plays. Short, under an hour, but rich and engrossing. Both take place in small spaces. So we are building a tiny stage. I hope to see you soon.