Make it Write Productions offer another brew of drama under the title “Strained”. Two very different plays each stirring the emotions as home truths are revealed.
Both were developed through workshops and are being produced by Make it Write Productions at The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool on July 22 and 23.
In “Man Up” sex worker Penny (Abbey Fitzhenry) reveals a tragic secret to lorry driver Geoff (Mike Sanders) which makes him question the way he lives and what it is to be a man.
The play is also directed by Abbey who won the Best Director Award in last year’s Liverpool Fringe Festival.
It is penned by Ian Cragg who has written several plays with the help of Make it Write as well as being a published author.
“The idea arose from a belief that we often fall into a way of living or a relationship we have not thought out for ourselves, instead we fulfil the expectations of others.” Said Ian.
In “The Tea Party” estranged son Peter battles with his difficult, hoarder Mum Eileen to clear her house. As he faces up to the corners and crevices of his childhood home, buried secrets begin to emerge.
The play is written by Helen Dooley whose background is in television writing but is enjoying the challenge of writing plays. It is directed by Kevin Foott.
“The germ of “The Tea Party” came as I was trying (and largely failing) to clear my Mum’s house and arguing with her over a lemon squeezer. While growing up our house was always crammed full of things.” Said Helen.
Jacqueline Connolly plays Eileen, Darren Jones is Peter and Cathy is played by Paula Stewart.
Both plays came from “The Plays the Thing” run by Kiefer Wes Williams and were later spotted by Kevin Foott during a Make it Write workshop “Play With Your Play”.
The show is suitable for people over 16. It is being performed at The Hope Street Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool on July 22 and 23. Tickets are available through their website from £5.75 to £13.
The show starts at 7.30pm and ticket prices are from £5.75 to £13.
Hope Street Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BY
Fri 22 July and Sat 23 July