Following their successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival run with Catrin Fflur Huw’s play To Kill a Machine which explores the story of Alan Turing’s treatment by the government and society for his sexuality, Scriptography Productions is back supporting writing and writers in Ceredigion. The company performed to sell out shows, received a string of 5* reviews, were nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and are currently in talks for a UK and world tour of the play.
Crash Test is a scratch night which offers writers and performers the chance to share work in development with a supportive audience. It includes work from Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Writing for Performance Group along with several other writing groups and individuals from Aberystwyth. Previous scratch nights have included comedy sketches, cabaret, plays, short film scripts, storytelling, poetry, performance art and stand-up comedy. The evening has an open slot in which individuals are welcome to present any form of text based work.
The evening is hosted by performance artist, writer and stand-up comedian James Baker who recently performed his own one man show, You have to be mad to work here and it doesn’t even help, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Crash Test will feature some special guests invited to inspire writers about different ways to create work. First is Cardiff based writer, performer Jemma Llewellyn who will be performing some work in development and then answering questions about working from autobiographical material. Also appearing will be Rick Yale who recently appeared as The Betray in To Kill a Machine who will be performing a piece written especially for him by Catrin Fflur Huws. In addition Joanna Bond will be along to share some work and talk about her current project Singing the Line into Existence which will be shared at Ceredigion Museum on 3rd October.
Producer Sandra Bendelow said, “It’s great to be back at the beginning….. To Kill a Machine has been an incredible success but without groups like Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Writing for Performance Group and nights like Crash Test we don’t get to the end product of amazing plays like To Kill a Machine. This is what the company is about, nurturing writers and helping them get the confidence as beginners to get those first few pages performed and then helping them work through and test work until they get better. But most of all I would recommend audiences just come along to Crash Test, we have some great local performers who get to really show their skills and we have lots of fun. It is very informal, very supportive.”
If you are interested in participating as either writer or performer then contact firstname.lastname@example.org