Programme November 26 2019

Three contemporary takes on today’s man – woman relationship. Two comedies and a love story (maybe).

The Plays:

The Way To A Man’s Heart. by David Weir

CODA by Oliver Hickman

What’s Not To Like by Pete Talman

The Writers

 Oliver J. Hickman

Oliver is based in London and writes fiction, theatre and screenplays. He is 36 years old and is a research scientist by profession. This is his first performed work.

Pete Talman

Most recent work includesI Know My Husband Loves Me, Union Theatre and Look Away Now, Tristan Bates theatre. Also this year Contactless waslong-listed for the 2019 Kenneth Branagh prize and CasualSexreached the second round of the Papatango prize. Other work includes an opera libretto, and comedy sketches for Radio 4

David Weir

David is London-based, Edinburgh-born, and his plays have been performed in Australia and the UK including London and Glasgow. He has won the Write Now Festival award and Constance Cox Award and twice been long listed for the Bruntwood Prize.  He is a regular reviewer for London Pub Theatre magazine.

The Company and Cast:


 Megan Kennedy

Megan trained at Drama Centre London and Rose Bruford College, graduating in the summer of 2019. She is also a member of both the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre.

Joseph Reed

Joseph is a graduate of LAMDA (2017) where roles included ‘Vindicci’ in The Revengers Tragedy,‘Platonov’ in Wild Honey.  Other work includes the tour and West End run of The Wipers Times,Flinchwith Sounds Like Thunder theatre company, and productions for 7Digital and The Augustine Institute. He has worked as assistant director for the New Wolsey Theatre as well as on fight choreographies and devised projects.

Susannah Scott

Susannah trained at Drama Studio London. Since graduating she has immersed herself in projects taking her to Aesthetica Film Festival and Palm Springs Short Film Festival. She is co-artistic director of Bang Average Theatre where she created and performed in their debut show Lucille and Ceciliathat featured at Edinburgh and Prague Fringe.

Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas began at Questors Youth Theatre. He went on to train in classical acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand The Devils.

 Barry Edwards. Director

Artistic Director of Optik Theatre since its formation in 1981, touring internationally and the UK. He is an experienced director of new writing, most recently for Scenepool Productions in London and Bristol. For the WW1 Centenary he directed three productions featuring the work of Gertrude Jennings. He launched THE SCRIPT ROOM in 2016 so far showcasing the work of twenty new and established writers.

Simon Moss. Stage Manager

Simon has most recently been follow spot operator on major UK tours.  LD/AV  credits include Necessity’s of Atheism andSchizEdinburgh Fringe Festival, TwistUK Tour.Other work includes DSM for Return to the Forbidden PlanetMaddermarket Theatre.Simon is currently studying technical production at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Mark Johnson Script Consultant

Louis Edwards. Publicity