Shows

SUBLIME

by El Pilkington

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing.

SUBLIME is a surreal drama, which engages with the disparity between life and living. Eliza, with her expressive and troubled experience of the world, wishes to escape it all and become an ant. As her family gathers at their home in Finland to argue about what is best for her, SUBLIME collides a volatile combination of personalities, understandings, and perspectives.

SUBLIME was developed with the guidance of the MA Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University and the dramaturgical support of Emily Gregory.

FISSURE

by Hattie Collins

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing.

Can you love someone who represents everything you hate in the world?

The world is in chaos. Hazel, a doctor, and Archer a space shuttle engineer fall in love. Archer’s work creating shuttle engines, when unsuccessful, has terrible repercussions on people’s health, leaving Hazel to deal with an excess of ill people. What is the cost when the one thing powerful enough to let them leave the planet, they have already neglected so badly, could also completely destroy it?

Fissure was written under the guidance of the MA Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths University with the dramaturgical guidance of Sam Keefe.

NOISE

by Hugh McCann

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing.

THUD-THUMP in the soil. Hard Work on the surface. Nothing in the sky.
NOISE is an audio-based performance that has been developed through undertaking Goldsmith's MA in Writing For Performance And Dramaturgy, sharing’s at Battersea Arts Centre, Soho Theatre, and BERG Collective’s festival of new writing, and a residency at Bristol's Arnolfini Gallery. The piece will be nearing completion in early 2018.

RID

by Sam Keefe

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing

This house is crumbling.

RID is a story of inheritance and consumption, getting inside what we take and what we are left with.

Spread over four acts, RID follows four different characters living within four different homes of the same building. Peter and Wendy are the middle-aged neighbours living downstairs. Firs and Lopakhin (the cat) live upstairs. As the house slowly crumbles, Lopakhin does anything he can to escape, whilst Firs does anything she can to keep herself locked in.

Inspired by Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter and Wendy’, the play uses grotesque imagery and dark humour to explorelost dreams and loneliness.

RID was initially developed at Goldsmiths University on the MA for Dramaturgy & Writing for Performance. It has been supported by Dramaturg Hattie Collins.

CAST

Lopakhin - Saria Steyl. Wendy - Molly Vevers. Peter - Ben Clifford. Firs - Cate MacGabhann. Man In A Suit - Joshua MacLellan

TOSKA

by Emily Gregory

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing.

Irina is writing a memoir, but the paper keeps ending up in the stove. Masha watches icebergs from the beach. Olga just wants to know what to make for dinner.

Three sisters while away the hours at a family cabin on the wilderness coast of Washington State. They wear thin the fabric of their days, caught on snags of remembering and forgetting that they can’t quite escape…
…that is until a strange man arrives at their door one night with a beautiful white bird held unconscious in his arms.

‘Toska’ is a work in progress by Emily Gregory and is based loosely on Anton Chekhov’s classic play ‘Three Sisters.’ It was developed within the MA in Dramaturgy and Writing For Performance at Goldsmiths.

WE LINDAS

by Hattie Collins

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing: Scratch night.

We Lindas is a modern day adaptation (Set in the financial crisis of 2007) of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Throughout Miller's work Linda is silenced continuously by Willy. What would happen if Linda talked to herself, openly, and freely? We Lindas is a piece that allows a woman who is not recognised enough for her silent, yet extremely powerful bravery and stoicism, to speak freely.

OFFALIA

by El Pilkington

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing: Scratch night.

A contemporary adaptation of Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine.

TWO WORDS

by Hugh McCann

Performed at BERG's Festival of New Writing: Scratch night.

A long list of two-word sentences made of material cut from previous scripts, performed in darkness with a soundtrack. The script can be found here.