My new play ‘Wellspring’ opens tonight

I’ve worked with Organised Chaos before, on their Midwinter Ignition event. When I heard that they were repeating this for Spring, I jumped at the chance to take part.

The theme we were given was Spring, and after some thought I went off on a little tangent about natural springs, the fountain of youth, and ended up with this:

“They say youth is wasted on the young. Now you can relive your youth with ‘Wellspring’, the exciting new product from AgeRight Pharmasolutions. Forget those aches and pains, and make the winter of your life an eternal spring”

The play touches on the morality surrounding medication and ageing, and how this can affect relationships. Through the eyes of their daughter Lana, we see the strain on Simon and Claire’s relationship by changing perceptions of age and infirmity.

Billy and Carole as Simon and Claire.

Billy and Carole as Simon and Claire.

I teamed up with the excellent Carole Bardsley, Ashley Mackintosh and Billy Brayshaw. Left without a director, we’ve had to muddle on through ourselves, which has been a stressful but fascinating experience. I really hope some of you can come along tonight, Friday or Saturday to see the results!

We struggled with how best to portray the ageing, and the difference in Simon’s personality and behaviour thanks to the Wellspring medication. The play has quite a heavy, serious tone and we wanted to bring out the levity in it, mix up the highs and lows so it won’t be dreary to watch. Carole, Billy and Ashley have worked so hard to bring out the emotions in the piece and they’ve achieved something brilliant.

I’ll be there tonight from about 5:30, and the show itself begins at 7:30. There are five short plays, and you can find out more details about them all right here on the facebook events page.

Spring Ignition 2013


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. 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.

One comment

  1. Amazing! I really hope it goes well! The play sounds brilliant, just my kind of story. Fingers crossed that it’ll be a triumph.

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