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oneACTS 2022 festival

Robots, romance, a murder-mystery, downsizing, a homicidal insurance salesman, gender reassignment, Kindertransport and taking a stand are the subjects of this year’s oneACTS festival.
Expect drama, comedy, mystery and mayhem as local actors, directors, and playwrights bring eight new plays to the cornerHOUSE in Douglas Road, Surbiton.
The festival, a showcase of original playwriting, this year will be split into two parts – four being performed both nights on April 29-30 and four more on June 10-11. For audition information, please click here. For the plays, please read on.

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7.45pm

Time Share Partner written by Dermot Murphy – After many bad experiences, Cheryl has found the man of her dreams. As she sits in a hotel lobby, waiting to meet someone, she tells us about the romance and her plan to ensure she does not lose him.

Clothes Make the Man written by LA Green – Wayne until recently was known as Marion and is starting gender reassignment. His sister Melissa is helping him buy clothes to begin his new journey in life. By the end of their time at the  charity shop, Wayne is one step closer to knowing who he is and who he wants to be, while Melissa understands her new brother much better.

Single Issue written by Michael Staniforth – Rob has taken a stand. Is that praiseworthy or unfair on his wife and only daughter? And will their voices be drowned out by the unexpected newcomer? Single Issue is a tense drama about private passions and the public purse.

Three into One Won’t Go?  written by Norman Marks – Lady Cecily’s calm in the drawing room of Largeleat Manor is interrupted by the announcement of her husband’s death. An investigation ensues led by Detective Inspector French. The unexpected answer to the mysterious death of Sir Howard Donne-Rutting comes from an equally unexpected source.

Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 7.45pm

The Dreidel written by Elisabeth Marrion – From the end of 1938, fearing for the safety of Jewish children living in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia, the British Government made arrangements to allow them to come to England. The Kindertransport came to an abrupt end with the outbreak of World War II. The Dreidel is Rebecca’s story as she remembers the day she had to leave her parents.

Cops and Robots written by Emma Burton – The story is set in the year 2314 – on Mars. The government is under threat by a group called the Mars Liberation Front. The police have raided the offices of Softbrain Technologies and arrested its CEO, Evelyn Blade, on suspicion of funding the MLF. Worried that he might also be linked to the group, DC John Lindsey sneaks into the evidence cupboard, where he encounters Evelyn Blade’s android servant.

A Life written by Ian Davies – Since his wife’s death Colin has become confused and erratic. His children have decided that he needs to downsize and move to managed, sheltered, accommodation. He sits waiting, surrounded by boxes of possessions to take to his new home. It is not his choice to leave, but the process of downsizing and packing generates warm nostalgic flashbacks which represent key aspects of his life.

Cold Caller – Elaine and Derek’s quiet afternoon is interrupted by a rather incompetent insurance salesman.

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