TALKFEST: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Join us if you can, tickets are available here.  It’s such a treat to be part of this!

PRESENTED BY PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND AS PART OF TALKFEST AT THE TRON
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Closing Time by Kevin P. Gilday; Pirlie Wee Horses by JL Williams
Directed by Peter Arnott
22nd April 2015
7.45pm
Free but ticketed

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with professional actors including Moyo Akandé, Paul Cunningham, George Docherty and Janette Foggo.

Peter Arnott and a team of actors will encounter two new plays in a live experiment. During the day, the director and actors’ immediate first response to the unseen texts as they unfold will be used to find each play’s strengths and weaknesses. Peter will then compile extracts from both plays to be presented on the same night, bringing the audience into this close encounter with new writing.

Closing Time written by Kevin P. Gilday
Pirlie Wee Horses written by JL Williams
Directed by Peter Arnott

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By jlwpoetry

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.

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