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Untold Stories New Writing Festival heads to Pleasance Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sold-out festival at The Arcola earlier this year and a hugely successful year at SLAM Kings Cross in 2017, Untold Stories are bringing their New Writing Festival to The Pleasance, Islington on October 6 and 7 and November 10 and 11, 2018.

Once again, they will be presenting a collection of diverse new plays by some of the most exciting and up and coming theatre makers and playwrights, featuring highlights from 2017, the best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, international artists from Iceland and the US, and debuts from existing artists.

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7

Tick Tock by Mark Lindow

Time, it’s a funny bugger. Not enough when you need it, too much when you don’t. or so Sandra informs her dog in this bittersweet drama on how the old are hidden in plain sight by their age.

Moment of Grace by Bren Gosling

Based on personal testimonies, Bren Gosling’s ground-breaking and intensely moving new play is inspired by Lady Diana’s visit to Britain’s first AIDS Unit at London’s Middlesex Hospital.

Diary of an Expat by Cecelia Gragnani

A one-woman show exploring the relationship between modern migrant Cecilia and London, a comic story about trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian.

Forget Me Nots by Anna Iris

World War II drama from Icelandic theatre collective Rokkur Friggjar and a story about love, new priorities and the people that get hurt along the way.

Plus other writers to be announced.

Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11

The Edge of You by Off Kilter Theatre Company

From the outside, James and Grace seem the perfect couple. But what about from the inside? A new play that exposes the gaps between what we think and what we say.

Miss Irrelevant by Jeff Stolzer

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, this is a UK premiere from US playwright Jeff Stolzer.

Percy by Tom Collinson

Percy has always worked in kitchens, but his new manager has plans.

What I Do by Dan Davies

A homeless man tells his story of survival on London’s streets and how he is quite happy where he is.

Stevie by Rebecca Jones

Noah has spent his life in a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped him having sporting dreams.

Plus other writers to be announced.

Tickets: £12/£10 (book for both Festivals for £20). Tickets available by calling 020 7609 1800 or visiting www.pleasance.co.uk/.

Times: 8pm, 5pm.

Also at The Pleasance: Sink The Pink’s How To Catch A Krampus (November 13 to December 23, 2018).