Welcome to FRESH, Frumpish Theatre’s first New Writing Festival, dedicated to championing women writers.
Frumpish Theatre was born out of a hunger to tell stories that make you feel in your belly, by women and for women. With so many impacted by the pandemic, we wanted to support female-identifying creatives making work and offer a platform to try out new ideas. And so, FRESH festival was created to provide an opportunity for fresh stories told from fresh perspectives. 10 exciting 30-minute plays, written by emerging female voices, will be performed over the course of 1st-5th June 2021.
We hope this will be the first of many future new writing festivals, providing a platform for bold female story-telling. We hope to see you there!
The Line Up
Tuesday 1st June:
7pm - WHAT WE GO TO SCHOOL FOR - BY CATHERINE CRANFIELD & ELIZABETH HAMMERTON
It's the night of the St Hilda's 10 Year Skl Reunion. The school hall is adorned with glitter, glowsticks and tamagotchi bunting, whilst Busted blares in the background. Among the 00's tat stand Callie and Emma. They’re all set to enjoy a boogie, a Bacardi Breezer and the nostalgia trip of a lifetime.
8pm - TRIPLE - BY LEE LAUREN
Audrey hates Harold but loves Sainsbury’s, Sam can’t get her girlfriend’s sex-toy magnate ex out of her head, and Dina falls for her local pub’s pantomime villain. ‘Triple’ is three stories of parties of three; a darkly comic look at love and late capitalism.
Wednesday 2nd June:
7pm - COUNTING HEADLIGHTS - BY NORIKO WARD
Emily is a young girl growing up in a northern town struggling to come to terms with her past. In her eyes, she has a perfectly normal childhood - juice boxes, car seats, and days when Dad just won't come downstairs. Counting Headlights is a brand-new play about trust, trauma and coming of age
8pm - HOP - BY CLARE LOUISE O'FLAHERTY
It's the eve of Gina's daughter's birthday.
She should be wrapping gifts.
And she would be, if her hands weren't covered in blood.
She’ll explain, but first, she must tell us about the 1992 Boots Christmas advert…
A comedic rabbit hole, Hop will have you guessing at every turn.
Thursday 3rd June:
7pm - DOGS OF SOCIETY - BY JULIA GROGAN
Just how real is reality TV? Who are the victims? Why are we so hungry for it? Dogs of Society exposes the lives of four reality TV stars as they grapple with their off-screen reality and thirst for fantasy. In a digital world of judgement and scrutiny, just how much can a human take? And who's tuning in to watch?
8pm - BONSAI BABY - BY LUCY HAYES
“She can’t make it, sorry. She drank a bottle of vodka and she’s lying in a pool of her own piss. Yes she’s fine. But I will have to cancel her 2 o’clock appointment. Yes for the cut and blow dry”.
Ruby’s mum is an alcoholic. She’s in a coma. Again. And Ruby’s tired. Bonsai Baby is a comic play about how to love in difficult circumstances.
Friday 4th June:
7pm - OCCUPIED. - BY KIRBY THOMPSON & ORLA GRAHAM
OCCUPIED. follows two separate storylines: a 16 year old school girl who has locked herself in her school toilet cubicle after her period arrives during the school day and a 23 year old homeless woman who carries the audience through her experiences with being homeless, but also with being a woman and how she "copes" each month when these two collide.
8pm - HOW TO BUILD A WAX FIGURE - BY ISABELLA COLVILLE-WALDRON
Bea's much older neighbour, Margot, was her first love, her first joint, her first prosthetic eye. When Bea is invited to speak about her expertise as an ocularist, she finds herself unable to untie Margot from all that she does. As she tries to unpack her mentor's effect on her work, Bea must dissect for herself what love really looks like.
Saturday 5th June:
7pm - FRESH START - BY CHRISTELLE ELWIN
How do you escape a controlling relationship? Trish spent years trying to get herself out of one. When her partner dies in an accident she’s finally free. Or is she? Haunted by guilt and her ex’s ghost, her world slowly starts to fall apart.
8pm - HOW TO HUG - BY GEORGIA FIGGIS
How to Hug celebrates those small but powerful moments of connectivity in our lives, and asks the question: is there are a way to hug without actually hugging? Together, we navigate the unexpected joy of connecting with strangers, and what we can share with others that we can’t share with ourselves.
Performances start 7pm
Please note there will be an interval between the 7pm and 8pm shows, though your ticket is valid for both performances.
£15 Full Price
Concessions offered to pensioners, unemployed, students, registered disabled and under16s.