News Feb 2014

papergang_logo_mark_only_300pxWHello Gang,

It has been quiet around Papergang Theatre but we have not been sitting still. We have been working hard to create a free scriptwriting workshop for aspiring British East Asian writers, and due to circumstance there is a last-minute space available: so get involved! We bring you a casting call for The Butterfly Lovers that Mingyu Lin will direct in April for the Blue Elephant Theatre. Plus, we are thrilled to share the news that Julia Sandiford is appearing in Stroke of Luck at the Park Theatre, Daniel York in a double-bill of Doug Lucie plays at the Court Yard and Tuyen Do is performing her own work at Tamasha’s scratchnight… Read on!

Get a last-minute place on our FREE scriptwriting workshop!

This February, Papergang Theatre organises free writing workshops in collaboration with Disturbance RTN. Our five-week workshop will help you through the basics of scriptwriting and you will hear your first 10 pages of a script read by actors in a reading. The course will be held Tuesdays 7pm-9.30pm from the 18th of Feb 2014 onwards but a last minute place has become available so drop us a line asap at [email protected]

Casting Call for The Butterfly Lovers

logo blue elephantBlue Elephant Theatre is currently seeking cast and designers for their production of The Butterfly Lovers in April, which will be directed by Mingyu Lin.

A captivating tale about friendship, The Butterfly Lovers is a vibrant new adaptation for children of the Chinese legend of Liang and Zhu. Under the reign of the evil Emperor Hu, girls are forbidden to go to school, but Zhu disguises herself as a boy to do so. There she meets Liang, and their story becomes a legend that echoes through Chinese history…

Actors who are interested in auditioning can find the breakdown here and those interested in set or costume design can contact the producer Niamh for more details at  [email protected]

They’re particularly looking to work with BEA artists.

Stroke of Luck at Park TheatreStroke of Luck at Park Theatre. Photo credit Simon Kane (9)

Julia Sandiford is currently starring alongside Tim Pigott-Smith in Stroke of Luck at the Park Theatre in Finsbury.

Shortly after the death of his wife, Lester Riley, an invalid who has suffered a premature stroke, announces to his three estranged middle-aged children that he is getting married again – to his young, sexy Japanese nurse. 

A family drama, with a dash of dark comedy, Stroke of Luck explores the themes of greed and guilt and how to reunite families that have been driven apart.



- Until the 2nd of March 2014 at the Park Theatre.

Double Bill at the Court Yard Theatre

Daniel York is appearing in a double-bill of plays at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton. Both scripts are written by Doug Lucie, Triple Jump Production present the stage premiere of Blind and the first revival of 1990 short play Doing the Business.

Blind is a study of young British artists. Conceptual artist, enfant terrible, and tabloid target Maddy Burns is the protege of the Svengali-like collector Paul Stone. When Maddy’s chaotic world pulls aspiring painter Alan Gillespie into its orbit, Alan’s classicist patron fears the worst. 

Doing the Business, unseen since its Royal Court debut, suggests that the gift of sponsorship comes at a price. Written in response to the slashing of 1980s arts subsidy, Doing the Business feels as relevant in 2014 as it did in 1990. When the names of businesses routinely adorn theatre programmes (and the theatres themselves) it’s worth asking – at what cost?

From 18th- 23rd of February at the Courtyard Theatre.

Tamasha Scratch Night

Tuyen Do will be performing her own spoken word piece as part of the next Tamasha Scratch Night at the Rich Mix. This well-known showcase for artists to try out new work in front of a public audience, will have the theme of ‘Mothers and Daughters’:

Whether tempestuous, nurturing, close or absent, this relationship lends us a fascinating dramatic terrain to consider. We held an open call-out for pieces that tell powerful stories of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary women in ordinary circumstances and everything in between.



Central to this call out was a statistic published last year demonstrated that for every two roles written for male characters for the stage, only one is written for a female character. Meanwhile, roles written for women aged 35 or older seem to be ever-diminishing.

28th of February at the Rich Mix

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