Write Side Of The Brain is a recurring, week-long event featuring new writing at varying stages of development, across varying performing art forms. We have successfully created and hosted two seasons of WSOTB, with a third one on the way. Please see our "Get Involved" section to see how you can participate!
WSOTB Season Two
Performances took place from January 21–February 6, 2008 at the Miller Theatre in London.
Anastasia Revi has worked extensively in London and abroad. She is the Artistic Director of Theatre Lab Company. Most recent work as director includes: From The Pit Of My Stomach (Etcetera Theatre, London, 2007); Velvet Scratch (Edinburgh Festival & Prague Fringe Festival 2007); Guernica (National Theatre of Greece, Athens, 2006, Ovalhouse Theatre, London 2006); xxx anonymous (Edinburgh Festival 2007, Prague Fringe Festival, 2006, King’s Head Theatre, London, 2005; Dublin Fringe Festival, 2004; Pleasance Theatre London, 2003); Urban Stories (Riverside Studios, 2002, Pleasance Theatre, London and UK tour, 2003).
Brooke Hender recently appeared as Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler for Galleon Theatre Company. Other theatre includes Duncan in Macbeth for Dancing Shadows (Pleasance, Islington); Dom Miguel in Thankfully There Is Moonlight (Galleon); Antonio in The Duchess Of Malfi (Trocadero); Zabulon in Narcissus (Act Provocateur) and Stuart in Beyond Therapy (Raw EM). He has appeared in numerous short films and these include the lead roles of John in LMN Productions' Forgive Me Father; Richard in First Class for UCCA and played the SS officer in Pegbet Production's Footsteps. Brooke played Davey in the pilot for the TV series In The Morning for Bleached Blonde Productions.
Chryssanthi Kourie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2005. Roles include, among others, Kattrin and Yvette in Mother Courage and Her Children, Pakeesa in Suburbia, Sally Stokes in The Passing-Out Parade, Queen Margaret in Henry VI and Kabi in the short film Hush. She is also a budding filmmaker, having produced and directed two short films and music videos.
Stamatina Papamichali Of Greek-Polish origin, Stamatina studied Acting and French language & literature in Athens before moving to Paris for two years. In Paris, she studied the work of Theatre du Soleil and completed a MA in Performance Studies at University Paris VIII. Since 2004, she has been living in London and has worked as an actress on shows and films in London, Paris, and Athens. Most of her work is in physical and devised theatre, often collaborating with dancers and visual artists. In theatre she has worked among others with: Quicksilver Theatre, Theatre Intent, Theatro Technis, missfit Productions, and regularly collaborates with Theatre Lab Company. In 2007, she co-founded WOLNA presenting Capek's The Insect Play at the Shunt Vaults. Their next project, Thorns, will be presented at the Scene Pool festival. A Dog Has Died Inside Me is her directorial debut.
Aoife Mannix is an outstandingly lyrical poet, currently performing her one-woman show Growing Up An Alien across the country following the success of her debut collection The Elephant In The Corner. Intimate, enchanting and funny, Growing Up An Alien is the new show from captivating Irish writer and performer Aoife Mannix. In the company of mesmeric accordionist Janie Armour, Aoife revisits her nomadic childhood, exploring the relationships that bind all families together and the secrets that pull them apart. Born in a snowstorm in Stockholm on the stroke of midnight, Aoife reveals a wondrous coming of age tale about searching for a place to belong.
Conor Irwin is from Dublin, Ireland where he studied at The Gaiety School of Acting. He has just completed his training in physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) having previously performed and studied Commedia dell'Arte in Italy. He has appearances in the UK include The Dumb Waiter (Albany Theatre), Big Love (Gate Theatre). His theatre credits in Ireland include Coriolanus, Can't Pay Won't Pay, Lysistrata, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Translations, Sharon's Grave. Film & Television appearances include: The Clinic (RTE Productions), Goldfish Memory (Goldfish Productions).
Georgie Edwards This is Georgina's first production since leaving The Actor's Company in November 2008 where she starred in productions including, Our Country's Good, Trelawney of the Wells, The Crucible and The Voysey Inheritance. She is also performing in a new writing festival in Nottingham in February playing Lady Foxley in TwinSS by Alistair Blackwell.
David Debreczeni started his experiment with sounds in 2000 as a part of his digital music composition learning process. Since then he designed the sound for many concerts and performances, including Firebirds, which is Hungary's most popular and much sought-after contemporary juggling, firedancing and acrobatic performance group. Currently David lives in London to expand his knowledge on Sonic Arts at Middlesex University.
Nikoletta Szedenics started her carrier as an artist at the International Festival of Visual Arts in Hungary. More recently, she contributed to the drapery design of The Masque of Red Death, the successful new production by the acclaimed Punchdrunk site specific theatre at BAC in London. Currently Nikoletta Szedenics is studying Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and assisting for Paul Burgess set designer.
Tanith Lindon trained in English with Writing and Performance (theatre/film/tv) at York Uni Director/ producer: The Monday Mouthful, new writing theatre/film showcase at Etcetera Theatre, Camden, with Full Moon Production; Electronica (written by Chris Guy), 80s Musical, Red Hedgehog, Highgate (also costume designer), Chris Guy Productions; Fewer Emergencies (Martin Crimp), Dixon Drama Studio, York University. Also played part of 'two' Dresser at the National Theatre. Shows include Warhorse, Emperor Jones, Saint Joan, Royal Hunt of the Sun Costume. Designer/supervisor : Far Away (Caryl Churchill) at York Theatre Royal, Out of the Blue Production Company. Actress: Mrs Voynitsky in Uncle Vanya (Chekov) at York Stagecoach Theatre, Amber Room Theatre Company; Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) at Drama Barn, York University.
Heather Phillipson Filmmaker. Meditation (2005), Waltz (2004), Looking Glass Letter (2007)
Craig Griffin Filmmaker. '[P]'
Fred Grace Filmmaker. The Parkeeper
Pipo Tafel Filmmaker. Les Souvenirs
David Hutchison Filmmaker. Carousel, Eyeloch and Kitschen
Alex Lopera Filmmaker. flimflam
Dockers MC Laura Dockrill is a spoken word artist and illustrator from south London. Raised by a family where eccentricity is the second thing checked by the nurse, on request, her moniker 'Dockers MC' is enthralling. Verbally drowning the audience with a treasury of words, she feeds the audience monologues of characters she had created with her ability to absorb traits of people by face, voice and observation alone. She manages to collect pockets of words together to create a type of 'flo-etry' that makes your brain tap its feet and smile at the same time. Its Dockers' clarity and hilarity combined that makes her talent immensely entertaining. Delivered in a captivating way that literally has the audience indulging on her every word, and vying to be caught in her dottily dressed eye contact. As well as having an audience in the palm of her hand, her hands are also the second string to her bow. At her fingertips she is blessed with an illustrative talent that not only consumes the on looking eye, but it is a pictorial overview of the slideshow in her mind. Her drawings are enough to make you wish that 'see' had invited his other 6 sense friends to get involved when she was drawing it. Artwork for Kate Nash and Scroobius Pip have been the perfect expressive platform for her creativity. A treat for the eyes and ears is a rarity but she easily combines the two, usually wearing a colorful dress.
Ben Mellor was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and I've been acting in plays, and writing poems, stories, scripts, and song and rap lyrics since about 14, or before if you want to count my pre-adolescent scribbling. After a year out in Tanzania with Neo-Colonialists Worldwide (I think that's what they were called) I moved to Manchester in 2000 to do a degree in English & Drama and when I graduated in 2004 I couldn't think of a good reason to leave. Since then I've cycled around the country to research a long term arts project on climate change and sustainability (see my 'changing cycles' blog) and am in the process of establishing a company to enable this, called Moksha. I've also performed at poetry gigs and in theatre productions all over the country at venues including Contact, The Royal Exchange, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Poetry Cafe, and various others. Over the last year or so I've been developing my beatbox and freestyle hip hop skills with the Freestyle Mondays crew, and have recently started performing and recording with a new jazz project, called Current Affairs.
WSOTB Season One
Performances took place May 16–21, 2006 at the Barons Court Theatre in London.
Ernesto Sarezale is the pen name of a Basque cognitive scientist, writer and performance poet based in London. Ernesto has performed at a variety of poetry events, cabaret nights, clubs and miscellaneous arts events, mostly in London and England, but also recently in Canada and the US. In 2002 he founded and co-hosted "Homophone", a successful series of poetry readings at the Poetry Cafe in London. A number of his poems have been published: on paper (Chroma, Magma, Rising), on line (Transparent Words, www.the-cyber-kitchen.com) and on cd (Taking the Mike and The Creative Swing compilations)."
Caroline Bird Born in London in 1986. She has been a winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poet of the Year Awards 1999 and 2000, she was short-listed for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2001 and was a winner of an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry in 2002, the Peterloo Poets Competition (16-19yr olds) 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was a runner-up in the Tower Poetry Competition 2004. She has had poems published in P.N Review, Poetry Review and The North. She has done poetry readings at The Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Festival, and Ledbury Festival. Her first poetry collection 'Looking Through Letterboxes' was published by Carcanet in February 2002. Her new collection 'Trouble Came To The Turnip,' is due to be published by Carcanet in September.
Polly Gould is an artist and writer based in London. Gould works with performance, sound, video and drawing. She examines the narrative urge in our lives; the things we say to each other, the way we end up quoting favourite books or living our lives like scenes from films. She explores the 'writing oneself backwards' of autobiography and the work of memory, and questions of voice, power and desire. She has recently shown at Danielle Arnaud Gallery and is included in a forthcoming collection of short stories by artists, published by Serpents Tale.
Janice Day As lead female vocalist with the original line-up of both the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Janice Day has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room; Pizza on the Park; Proms in the Park; and the Wigmore Hall (for Radio Three). As a writer, she was shortlisted for the recent UKFC 25 Words Or Less competition and longlisted for the BBC Three's End of Sitcom competition: The Last Laugh. Twice selected for TAPS training, she contributes regularly to ScriptWriter Magazine and is currently writing a commissioned Romcom feature film.
Maria Thomas (Performer) Maria graduated from Birmingham School of Speech and Drama with a BA Hons degree. This is her third collaboration with Sean Burn and finds his work provocative and challenging. Theatre includes It's Just A Name (Birmingham Rep Theatre & West Yorkshire Playhouse), Deeper Underground (The Pleasance Theatre & Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Cutter (Half Moon - Young Peoples Theatre, Schools & London Tour), Gimmie Lithium or Gimme Death (The Playground).Film includes Musical Royale, The Trousseau and Retribution, a short film due to be screened this year in Prague.
Sean Burn (Writer) Sean is a writer, artist and performer who tours, exhibits and publishes internationally. Commissioned theatre works include In an Age of Double-Glazing for Paines Plough (1999), Cutter for Half Moon Theatre (2004 and winner of 2004 TIME OUT 'Play of the Year for Young People' Award), Red Voice for Birmingham Repertory (2004), Voices for Pegasus Youth Theatre (2006) and Taking the Blood of Butterflies (Weaver Hughes Ensemble). His short film Stealing Brecht and The Terror We Create are currently receiving showings across Europe. Recent text-art projects include Dream Horizon for disability arts organisation – Dada South, Re:Word for Fold Gallery, Cumbria and V álkaovocekristusvodadíte (Warfruitchristwaterchild) for Cesta, Czech Republic. His first full length collection of prose Edge Cities is published by Skrev Press and Wrecking Ball Press publish his first full length poetry collection Never Sleep With Anyone Whose Got More Scars Than Yu (both 2006). He is touring a new performance work in autumn 2006 with musician Garteh Mitchell for the Gulbenkian Cantrebury/ Live Lit Consortium. A CD of this work will also be released.]
Vanessa Mobiglia (Director) Vanessa trained as a theatre director at the University of Natal. While in South Africa she directed Dialogue between a Prostitute and Her Client and The Open Couple. The Open Couple was subsequently invited to take part in the Arts Festival, 'Overload 6to8' held at the Hexagon Complex in Pietermaritzburg. Since moving to London Vanessa has worked on a number of productions in the role of Assistant Director: Broken Voices (New Company, Tristan Bates Theatre), Etta Jenks (Weaver Hughes Ensemble, Finborough Theatre) and Seed (Muzikansky, Finborough Theatre).
Inspired by Rachel Whiteread's recent exhibition at the Tate Gallery, 'The Boxes' is an insightful comedy about women, how they mask competitiveness and play by rules which only they understand. A slice of life, 'The Boxes' tells the story of Jess, Emily and Molly, long-standing friends who share a flat. Their equilibrium is upset when Jess introduces new boyfriend Ash, who plays them off against each other in competition for his attention. Will the friendship survive, or will one of the girls abandon ship with a new first mate?
C. M. Palmer (Writer) Works hard to earn a crust in an unfair world. In his spare time, when he gets a minute, or two, he writes a play. Previous work includes: The Intern Saw More (University of Hertfordshire, 2003), and Witch-bitch (Pleasance Theatre, London, 2005).
Hugh Allison (Director) Hugh's directing experience includes TaJ ("funny, real compelling, touching" - Gyles Brandreth), Pretty Boy (twice), J M Barries' Rosalind (Five Stars in What's On), Chekhov's The Bear (Five Stars in What's On) and two pieces for Theatre In The Pound: Appropriate Attire and The Source of All The Evil. Hugh has been Assistant Director for Pramface, I Just Broke Up!, Sex Death & A Baked Swan, and Kiss Me Kate. His next project is a tour of Chicken: Self-Portrait of A Boy To Rent , about the experiences of male prostitutes in the 1970s. THE YELLOWCHAIR PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE (aka TYPE) was founded by Hugh Allison in July 2003. It is dedicated to giving new talent their first chance to work on the London Fringe. Previous successes include writer Sam Hall (whose next play was produced at the Landor) and actors Nic Devalle and Guy Mandozzi who (after getting their break from Hugh) went on to tour the UK with Oklahoma! and Europe with Stomp! respectively.
Jenevieve Chang (Performer) A movement-based performer working across the fields of dance and theatre. Her UK credits include Burlesque! At the London Arts Theatre, Tom Thumb at the Rosemary Branch and Yellow Earth Theatre. In Australia she has worked with Legs on the Wall, Sidetrack Performance Group and State of Play. For further information, contact Roberta Kanal Agency or email@example.com.
Jordan Pitt (Performer) A graduate from Middlesex University, where he studied Drama and Theatre arts with English. Prior to this he was a pupil at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Jordan has appeared in various programmes for the BBC and ITV and also Cameron Mackintosh's production of the musical OLIVER at the London Palladium.
Daniel McLeod (Performer) Trained at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts. Since leaving, he has been working mainly in film, but has made a return to theatre this year with various projects including Off The Page!'s productions of "The Bells" and "The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb The Great" at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, as well as "Resting In The Arms Of Morpheus" at the Lion & Unicorn. His first feature, "The Wake" has also had a recent release.
Clare McKenna (Fight/Movement Director) Trained in theatre with Philippe Gaulier (2yrs) and received her Advanced Gold Recomendation for stage and film combat with Youngblood. Check out her website: www.missesclare.com for further details.
Jade Wright (Performer) Graduated from Brunel University in 2004 with a Degree in Drama and English. She has appeared in numourus films, both Feature and Shorts, this is her Theatre debut. You can contact Jade on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanne Andrade Poet.
Topsy–Turvy explores the interior world of a woman: a collage of anxieties, fantasies, memories, hysterias, physical pain, beliefs… One night she takes a path that leads her to the dark corners of her childhood. An image from the past invades her private space and seeks revenge: But from which of the two women? The topsy - turvy universe is another dimension from which she can see through herself clearly. Maybe this dream is turning into a slapstick comedy…
Christina Penna (Creator) A visual story-teller. She likes creating stories through her designs on stage and recently, through directing and video. Her main aim is to create a kind of universal language that communicates visually with the audience. She enjoys creating collages in a technical sense but also as metaphor in her work: the "collage" of the different identities one might have, the different sides of one's psyche, revealing them at a certain time.
Cast: Kristina Leon, Nathan Guy, Maria Kapsali, Romany Blythe, Paul Geary. Sound designer: Nikos Paravatos
Out of Odium
James Hammond (Director) completed his M.A in Advanced Theatre Practice (Directing) in 2003. Since then he has assisted Abigail Morris at Soho theatre and Bill Gaskill at the Arcola; he has completed the Royal Court Young Writers program and written several plays. James is the founding director of HITG Theatre Company with whom he has written or directed four successful Edinburgh productions. James recently directed "Come As You Are!" at the Gilbenkian theatre, Canterbury; he is also the artistic director of the murder mystery company "Death After Dinner" (.com). James is currently working on an as yet untitled devised piece with his company.
Out of Odium is an impassioned play that follows one extraordinary night in the life of the Callas family. It is the evening before Alfonso is due to take part in the Spanish Nation Day Parade, the first ex-facista to do so. Daniel, who has always been bitter about his grandfather's role in the civil war, chooses this moment to bring his fiancé home. The play is a dynamic examination of guilt, history and the human capacity for forgiveness. In a dark attic somewhere in Madrid Alfonso tells his story and it is a story that needs to be heard.