Posts Tagged ‘Writers Showcase’

Mark Reid’s ‘Vain Zarathustra’

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Mark Reid’s play ‘Vain Zarathustra‘ previewed at our very first New Live Theatre Showcase Evening on 26th July 2012 and was be Directed by Alastair Zyggu.


Mark Reid is the pseudonym of Mark Reid. Having not grown up anywhere, he has previously accosted Manchester audiences with work such as ‘The Posthumous Papers of Alan Koningsberg’ (Revolution, Dir Paul Blinkhorn) and ‘Follies in Sacks’ (Embryo for Studio Salford). His most recent effort was a production of three new half hour plays called RAMPANT (Black Lion) including his own work ‘Minted’ (Dir Karl Barnsley). God knows why anyone has let him back out. He has co-ordinated the Manchester Fringe Network Meetings for the past couple of years, and is keen to help make theatre happen inManchester. In his spare time he is a blood donor.


Fergus and Kirsty are happily ensconced in their routine and uneventful life in the suburbs ofBolton. They do not travel; in fact neither has been much further than their corner shop in the 30 odd years of their existence. So what makes them decide to take in a lodger, who in turn decides to bring his girlfriend too, and how does this foursome co-exist in a small terraced backwater? Not all is what it may seem … Who really is this enigmatic lodger by the name of Talbot? Where has he come from and why does he want so much to get to Manchester, but never actually gets on a bus and goes? And what of the strained relationships that ensue when the Fergus and Kirsty are subjected daily to their lodgers’ sexual antics being carried out in their bed?? Something or someone has to give sooner or later …

The play is written entirely in pentameter and harks back to an age old tradition of theatrical story-telling; and cleverly combines within this modern tapestry some of the teachings of the prophet Zarathustra and the religion of Zoroasterianism.

Previewed at Manchester Showcase Evening
26th July 2012, The Houldsworth, Manchester
Written by: Mark Reid
Directed by: Alastair Zyggu

Lee Thompson

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Lee Thompson’s play ‘Somebody, Somewhere‘ previewed at the New Live Theatre Showcase Evening on 26th July 2012 and was Directed by Chloe Lang. After a vote, the audience chose Somebody, Somewhere as their favourite preview of the night.


Lee Thompson is a playwright based in Liverpool currently part of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers group. With the group he has developed his first full length play, Somebody Somewhere.  In 2011 Lee’s short play ‘Waiting’ received a performance by Made from Scratch Theatre at the Lost Theatre in Wandsworth. In the same year, another short play ‘Made of Secrets’ received a rehearsed reading at the Contact Theatre in Manchester.

Currently, Lee is scheduled to develop a short one act play for the Blank Page Theatre company to be performed in November 2012. He has recently developed pitches for the BBC Writersroom after winning the Ideas Tap Writersroom Brief as well as submitting story pitches for the BBC show Moving On. In 2011 Lee received the Met Film School Screenwriting prize to develop a feature film screenplay.


Previewed at Manchester Showcase Evening, 26th July 2012 at The Houldsworth, Manchester

Written by: Lee Thompson
Directed by: Chloe Lang
Cast: Kimberly Hart-Simpson & Lindsey Chapman


Showcase Evening Seeking Writers

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Showcase Evening


All new writing, all new fun!

New Live Theatre Company will be holding a comedy play Showcase Evening in Manchester City Centre in August 2012 (date TBC).

As part of our ethos to provide a platform for aspiring local writers, New Live Theatre Company is searching for just THREE brand new short comedy plays to showcase at our first writing SHOWCASE EVENING taking place in August 2012!

During the evening we will be showcasing 5-15 minute scenes from some of our upcoming shows to an invited audience of industry professionals. We are searching for three very funny plays with real substance to be presented alongside our own previews. At the end of the evening, we will be asking the audience to vote on their favourite of the three plays by the external aspiring writers, and the winning play will be entered into our Manchester production schedule for a full length show early 2013!

The three plays accepted for the showcase evening will be fully cast, directed and produced by New Live Theatre Company. The selected Writers will be invited to a meeting where they will meet their director and have the opportunity to give their input. Writers will also be able to attend auditions to help select their show’s cast, and will be invited to attend a rehearsed reading which will take place before the showcase. This is a great opportunity for any aspiring Writers in the Manchester region, and best of all it won’t cost you a thing!

Applicants must be based in the Manchester or North West region and we are looking for Comedies and Comedy-Dramas with a max cast of 6.

DEADLINE: Friday, 8th June 5pm (Deadline now ENDED)
HOW TO SUBMIT: Email Script (extract is fine) in .pdf .docx .doc format to with brief biography of yourself and description of your play.


  • Introduction to New Live Theatre and the evening’s previews
  • Show Previews
  • Networking Opportunities between previews
  • Audience Votes & Announcement

Previews (extracts):

  • Spook Manor (working title), by Paul Kenney and Nicola Radin
  • In My Day, by Paul Kenney
  • Aspiring new Writers work TBC

If you are interested in entering or attending the event, please email for further details.



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