THE NEXT CURVE: 2 One Act Plays

Following the huge success of Sh*tm*x in 2008, CurvingRoad presents the Next Curve: 2 One Act Plays showcasing J.D.Smith’s DIG and Michael Hart’s NO MORE, SALVATOR.  At The Old Red Lion from 8 – 26 June, press night Thursday 10 June.

CurvingRoad’s mission is to find new artists as they make their way along the curving roads of their own artistic lives, nurture them, advise them, and launch them and their work into the public eye. For this their third Curve they saw a lack of opportunity for new writers over the age of 40 who had never been professionally produced; this elicited an overwhelming response from writers all over the world when the opportunity to submit work was announced.

The two chosen plays are DIG from the American writer J.D Smith which explores through dark humour the power struggle between an incompetent killer and a belligerent victim who refuses to dig his own grave. What happens when a gangland killing goes wrong and which is the more frightening weapon – the gun, or the shovel?
 
J.D Smith’s poetry, essays and stories have appeared in literary magazines throughout the US.  He is currently enjoying success with his children’s book, “The Best Mariachi in the World.”

” Altruism, especially in the form of generosity to a stranger, represents one of the happier mysteries of existence. This is particularly true in the arts, where so many individuals, projects and programs ask for support. I am amazed as well as grateful that you are willing to offer me your support. Working with CurvingRoad, I hope to do everything in my power to ensure that the development of my play “Dig” culminates in a high-quality production that will contribute to a memorable evening of theatre.”
J.D Smith
 
NO MORE, SALVATOR is an unusual surreal piece written by Scottish playwright Michael Hart.  The artist Salvator Rosa’s paintings hang besides the Mona Lisa for over a hundred years. If they could speak to each other, what would they say? As the two verbally spar, fact and fiction meet in this comedy about love, art and the power of celebrity.
 
Michael Hart has written and produced radio, TV and cinema scripts for a host of advertisers.

” To think that I wrote a play last year and now it’s about to be staged in London. That’s bloody amazing!  It’s also given me the confidence and the self-belief to keep writing and keep that momentum going. “Michael Hart

This is the first time that either of them have had their work presented on the professional stage.

CAST – STEFAN D’BART hosted his own slot on TV’s ‘Brainiac’ on Sky One. Theatre includes Twelfth Night (Lost Theatre) Directed by Lynn Farleigh of the RSC, The Child
 (Jermyn Street) and recently a stint in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo in the critically acclaimed role of ‘Baby’. As a singer he toured Europe with Anastasia in 2008/2009 and also worked with Justin Hawkins and Michael Ball. Stefan received a GQ Award for Best Groomed Man In London 2008.
AONGHUS WEBER theatre includes Aristocrats (Andrew’s Lane Theatre), Juno and the Paycock (The Citizens, Glasgow), The Playboy of the Western World (The Arches, Glasgow), Les Liasons Dangereuses, (Bristol Old Vic) The Merchant of Venice (Union Theatre), Wish You Were Here, (Dublin Theatre Festival).
POLLY WHYBROW theatre includes Isobel in Numbers (The Kings Head), Romeo and Juliet (Oxford House), An Humorous Days Mirth (The Globe).  Her film credits include: Kate in Clive Hole, Amber in Fly Trap and Laura in Tomoko.
VICTOR PEREZ trained in classical theatre in New York City and has appeared in several plays at the Hampstead Theatre in London. His TV credits include Dr. Harrison in Holby City. He has appeared in several films including The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon.
BELINDA WYLIE originally from New Zealand, where she studied Theatre & Film and Italian at Victoria University of Wellington. SInce moving to London she has continued her training and involves herself in many different aspects of the industry. Future projects include the production of a feature film as well as a move into radio drama.

The production will be directed by Ellie Joseph assistant director on Sh*tm*x and the award winning one-woman play Monday.  Designer Lucy Read recently designed the critically acclaimed production of La Boheme at The Cock Tavern. Lighting Designer Mark Jones has been working on huge rock shows and is delighted to return to his first love of theatre. Original music by George Dennis coming to us after critical success at The FInborough

Leo Richardson, who wrote CurvingRoad’s last play Sh*tm*x has now written and filmed a pilot for a 6-part version of Sh*tm*x called Stanley Park which will soon be aired on BBC 3. Needless to say, CurvingRoad is incredibly proud of Leo and very pleased that they were able to give him his start.

Producers – CurvingRoad – Sonja Rein Executive Director, Sue Guiney Artistic Director.

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