BMDS Playwriting Competition Set For August

July 30, 2015

The Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society [BMDS] is getting set to hold their annual playwriting competition, with this year’s ‘Famous for Fifteen Minutes’ promising to be a fun-packed evening, with six writers hoping to be presented with the Golden Inkwell.

The event will be held from August 6 to 8 and August 12 to 15, with showtimes at 8.00pm.

This year’s finalists include one new name and some more familiar ones. The six playwrights and their plays are include ‘Tell me. Please.’ By Catherine Hay; ‘Sushi’ by Andrew Whalley; ‘101 Ways to Kill Janice’ by Nathaniel Butterfield; ‘The Grave Yard Club’ by Carol Birch; ‘Nemeses’ by Owain Johnston; and ‘Cold Feet’ by Helen Jardine.

‘Tell me. Please.’ By Catherine Hay is described as, “A girl. A boy. Albouy’s Point. The heat of an August night. Blood. A park bench. Beer. A 90 foot yacht requirement. Haunts. Cockspur. Something in her bed. Non-sequiturs. Inheritances. A lost phone. Recognition. Dead people. Questions. Answers. Forgetting. Remembering.”

‘Sushi’ by Andrew Whalley is described as, “The preface of a mundane night in leads a woman in search of her husband, who has been asked to care for an elderly lady’s mother, but during the search she discovers all is not as it appears.”

‘101 Ways to Kill Janice’ by Nathaniel Butterfield is described as, “One of the most important decisions a young woman has to make in life is how to kill a friend.  After all she’s a friend so you want to get it right; and besides: you don’t want to get caught.”

‘The Grave Yard Club’ by Carol Birch is described as, “Love, laughter and life played out in the backdrop of a grave yard. Four old friends meet twice a year to remember a dear member of their irreverent tight knit group.”

‘Nemeses’ by Owain Johnston is described as, “After a long day at the office, Colin finds that a strange young woman has broken into his apartment, raided his wine cabinet and declared herself his nemesis.”

‘Cold Feet’ by Helen Jardine is described as, “Everyone gets wedding day jitters, right? Or is it sometimes more than that? Cold Feet is the story of one couple who finds themselves asking these same questions, turning “I Do” into “Do I?”

This year’s guest judge is Canada’s famous playwright Norm Foster, who served as the first Judge when Famous for Fifteen Minutes began in 2002. Mr. Foster will announce the winner on the special gala closing night, having picked the winner based purely on the writing.

He will have given his pick to the producers in a sealed envelope once he arrives.

Proceeds will go toward the BMDS charitable trust, which gives out bursaries to Bermudian students wishing to pursue studies in theatrical arts. This year’s recipients are Eryn Beach, Kioshi Burgess, Shareef Hinds, Riley Mello, Julia Frith, and Marcus Smith.

Tickets are available online and one hour before performances.

Performances tickets are $30 except for the Gala Night [August 15] which includes a pre-show reception at 6.30 for $85.

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