Lift-Off! Student Playwriting Showcase

Friday 15 June 2018


Lift-Off! Student Playwriting Showcase

Don’t miss our exciting showcase of brand new work by University of Greenwich playwriting students. Join us for script-in-hand performances of 14 original new plays, directed by professional directors and performed by student and professional actors, on at Greenwich Theatre Studio.


Followed by a discussion panel with industry experts, Ola Animashawun (National Theatre), George Turvey (Papatango Theatre), Suzette Coon (Little Pieces of Gold), and Mark O’Thomas (Professor of  Theatre & Performace, University of Greenwich).

Chaired by Ade Solanke, playwright and Lecturer in Playwriting, University of Greenwich



Plays 1 – 13.30 – 15.15


Checkmate by Jack Regan Can magic end father-son strife or will it travel beyond the grave?

Wrong Shade of Brown by Juwairiah Mussa What’s a girl to do when the man for her is too dark for her dad?

Directed by James Haddrell


Piece of Mind by Louis Merralls Her daughter won’t eat. Will she accept professional help?

Wanted: Flatmate by Ruby Walker A plan to find the perfect partner. Foolproof, right?

Finders, Keepers by Abigail O’Neill A woman turns the tables on her kidnapper.

Directed by James McLaughlin


Exfiltration by Sam Hines A fascist group. Is this defector for real?

Board Game Café by Tamsin Try A troubled girl walks into their cafe. Will the couple help her?

Directed by Chris Williams




Plays 2 – 15.30 –  17.45


Love in the age of Valium by Johan Ostereng He wants to break-up as she goes into labour? Hell no!

You’ll Do by Nicole Darville-Batten The right person for this thirty-something may be right under her nose.

Soup Kitchen by Sam Fuller Will this trickster manage to destroy his ex-wife’s new relationship?

The Best Man for the Job by Serwah O’Neill A woman competes for a promotion against her male boss’s favourite.

Directed by Natasha Oxley


Candy by Aidan Brunt Party time goes wrong when an addict returns to her lover-dealer without his stash.

No Evil by Bobbie Corleys Her mother and sister are acting odd and her dad’s ghost won’t let her rest. Who’s the killer?

The Missing Limb by Omar Del Jimenez She’s found out he’s cheating. In their game of love, will he win her back?

Directed by Laura Wooff




Panel Discussion – 18.00-19.00


Ola Animashawun is Connections dramaturg at the National Theatre. He has worked in theatre for the past 30 years, specialising in script development as a dramaturg, facilitator and script editor- running playwriting workshops for writers at all levels of experience. Prior to the NT, he was an  artistic associate at the Royal Court (previously described by the New York Times as the most important theatre in Europe because of its work with new playwrights), where he  set up and ran their famous Young Writers Programme. Ola is also an Associate Artist, Dramaturg and Mentor for Theatre AbsoluteEclipse Theatre and Graeae Theatre respectively. He also delivers regular playwriting programmes for Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Belgrade Theatre and Central St. Martins – University of the Arts London. He is Creative Director of Euphoric Ink, a playwriting consultancy


Suzette Coon is artistic director of Little Pieces of Gold, a theatre company for new writing. LPOG has staged the plays of almost 400 emerging, established and award winning writers, collaborated with as many directors and even more performers. ( Thousands of playwrights have submitted their work through their open submission process. Shows provide a platform for new voices, actors and theatre makers, facilitate long-term creative collaborations, garner much industry interest and.introduce writers to literary agents.  Suzette is also a writer. Her work has been staged at the Canal Café Theatre, the Kings Head Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, Theatre 503,  the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse. She was longlisted for the 2016 Old Vic 12 Playwrights Prize  and in the past has written for television.


George Turvey co-founded Papatango in 2007 and became the sole Artistic Director in January 2013.

Credits as director include Hanna (Papatango at Arcola Theatre and UK tour), The Annihilation of Jessie Leadbeater (Papatango at ALRA), After Independence (Papatango at Arcola Theatre, 2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award, and BBC Radio Four), Leopoldville (Papatango at Tristan Bates Theatre), and Angel (Papatango at Pleasance London and Tristan Bates Theatre).  As a dramaturg, he has led the development of all of Papatango’s productions. He is co-writing Being A Playwright: A Career Guide For Writers, due for publication in October.

Professor Mark O’Thomas is Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He was formerly Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University, Head of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln and the founding Director of the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of East London. He has worked as a playwright, translator and dramaturg for a number of theatres including Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, and has adapted a number of novels for the stage where his credits include Jorge Amado’s Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet. He is currently working on a new jazz musical which will workshop at Northern Stage in November 2017.


Chair: Ade Solanke is an award-winning playwright and academic. Her acclaimed debut play, Pandora’s Box, won an Off West End Award nomination for Best New Play and was nominated for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award.  Her latest play, The Court Must Have a Queen, was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces and  is on at Hampton Court Palace  from late June to September 2018.


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