November 17 Script Room Event

Yellow Roses by Ken Mason

Allotments by Gertrude Jennings

On Dark Waters  (extract) by Margaret Thomas

Directed by Barry Edwards

In association with Richmond upon Thames Library Services

An Optik Theatre production


Alec Bennie, Jack Gouldbourne, Deborah Kearne, Jerome Ngonadi, Maggie Saunders



Alec Bennie Appearances this year include Banquo in Pleasure Dome Theatre’s Macbeth at the Valley of the Rocks Exmoor, and Pertinax Surly in Ben Johnson’s The Alchemist at the Rose Playhouse Bankside. Performed with Optik last year in Gertrude Jennings’ Five Birds In A Cage and The New Poor.

Jack Gouldbourne Played Iz in Cargo by Tess Berry-Hart at Arcola Theatre in 2016. Commercial work includes Beat Bullying for Metal Rabbit Productions. Television includes Off By Heart Shakespeare for RSC / BBC.

Deborah Kearne Graduated from the MA course at ALRA in 2015. Recent roles include the Duchess in Revengers Tragedy Rose Theatre Bankside, The Receptionist in Cut Throat Camden Fringe Festival, and in her own one-act play Cross at the Wandsworth Fringe. Currently in the new Halford’s ad as a middle-aged Goth!

Jerome Ngonadi Theatre credits include Sean in Unsigned at Tristan Bates and the Etcetera Theatre, Michael in Possession for Chicken Shed, Sum Zero at the Lyric Hammersmith and Mourid in Fear Misery and Laughter at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Jerome is also a writer, director and producer.

Maggie Saunders Television includes Kingmakers– a Nigerian spy series, Coronation Street, Brookside and The Bill. She is passionate about new writing and has worked at The Royal Exchange, Kings Head and The Old Red Lion, and most recently on a new play called Dangling at The Oxford Playhouse.



Writer and actors

Our featured writer for the November 17 Script Room is Margaret Thomas. We will be staging a rehearsed reading of an extract from her powerful new play On Dark Waters. The play is set in the London of the late 18th and early 19th century, a volatile period that included momentous events such s the American War of Independence and the French Revolution.

The part of Adolphus Caesar, a soldier and man of colour from Virginia, is played by Jerome Ngonadi. Archie O’Reilly, a street-wise journeyman carpenter, is played by Alec Bennie.

We will also be staging two other scripts, one by local writer Ken Mason Yellow Roses, and a vintage comedy from 1918 Allotments by Gertrude Jennings. Parts will by played by Maggie Saunders and Deborah Kearne.