Playwrights united by family ties; TWO local playwrights will have their work on show in Europe next month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.
TWO North East playwrights are to have their plays performed as part of the prestigious Prague Fringe Festival later this year. Rosalind Wyllie and Alison Carr, both from Tyneside, have been chosen out of hundreds of international submissions for the festival, which takes place from May 28 to June 5 in the Czech capital.
Under the name Rascally Scoundrels, the two writers, along with director Degna Stone, have written and produced a double bill of plays called Blood & Money.
The trio joined forces last year and this is their first collaboration.
The two short plays are linked by the idea of sisters, of relationships stretched to breaking point but held together by that family tie.
Carr's emotional drama Blood sees Susan track down her younger sister Elle to the scruffy back yard of an equally scruffy flat.
Fifteen years ago, their 11-year old sister Charlotte disappeared. A recent grim discovery has provided a long sought-after resolution, but Elle has her own idea about Charlotte's fate.
In Wyllie's dark comedy Money, Tina and Simon have everything. They are beautiful, loaded and blessed. Now all they want is a baby.
But Tina's far too posh to push, so when Jeanie's life falls apart Tina sees a perfect opportunity.
It's payback time, but how far will these sisters go to manipulate each other? The plays also feature regional acting talent Jill Dellow, Faye Greenwell and Mat Hobbins taking on the roles in both plays.
Both the writers have already had considerable success both within and outside of the region.
Wyllie had written for The Customs House, Live Theatre, Northumberland Touring Company, Theatre 503 and the RSC amongst others.
Carr's credits include writing for The Old Vic, Live Theatre, New Writing North, Cloud Nine and the 5065 Lift. She is a former winner of the Chronicle's Young Reviewers scheme, The People's Play Award and the Yvonne Arnaud Playwriting Festival.
In preparation for Prague, Rascally Scoundrels are holding a number of evenings where the public are invited to see the plays and offer feedback. The first is at The People's Theatre in Heaton on Thursday, April 22. Admission is free but donations will be welcome - all money raised going towards the costs of taking the production to Prague.
They also have a further fundraising event at Live Theatre in May. Details of this preview performance to be confirmed.
FLYING THE FLAG - Above, Alison Carr and below, Rosalind Wyllie who are working in Prague