Mid-winter Ignition

This weekend I’ve been taking part in a workshop with Organised Chaos Productions.

The brief is to come up with a short monologue or duologue inspired by the theme ‘mid-winter’. I followed the idea of hibernation, which took me onto computing and stasis. I also mixed in a theme of nuclear winter and isolation and, lo, what I’ve come up with is this:

A consortium of people occupying the same body are awakened by their AI caretaker to carry out scheduled maintenance on the compound. They soon discover that the other consortium has been murdered, and must find out which one of them is responsible.

I was told just the other day that I needed to try writing weirder stuff and more space opera, so I guess I’m living up to the request!

The piece is tricky to write, as it’s a monologue and features just one actor, but I’m going to have them playing two or three different characters. I also I want to try and get away with having someone read a computer voice from off stage, but I’m not sure if I can do that yet! We shall see.


The show is going to be on a the Three Minute Theatre in Manchester’s Northern Quarter at the end of November. 28th Nov – 1st Dec. I would really, really appreciate it if anyone can make it! I’ll post more information about tickets and booking when I get it. In the meantime, you can RSVP on the facebook group here. Please invite your friends!



About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. https://sarahgracelogan.wordpress.com/about/ She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. nothingchronicle

    Looking forward to this! Dan is also into sci-fi for theatre – you should tie him up and poke him with cotton buds until he agrees to stage a full length sci-fi piece of yours!

  2. nothingchronicle

    It’s okay – the director seems to like it but I’m never really sure. Will have a better idea after a few rehearsals. I assumed the lady reading yours on Wednesday was your actor…

  3. nothingchronicle

    Eek! First rehearsal for mine provisionally Tuesday – but the actors have got the script now so they can be learning lines in the interim. I’m sure it’ll be fine! /gulp

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