The Games

After the sell out success of Spearshaker’s first new writing show Protest! we brought you another sell out new writing show The Games.

The Games brought together three writers, three directors and a group of talented actors to stage three short plays on all things games related. From sporting games, online games to games of life the show was a massive success so many thanks to our wonderful cast, creative and audience!

The Games Poster


Artistic Director: Kate Murphy

Producer: Meera Shaunak

Stage Manager: Shivani Shaunak

Sound Design: Max Pappenheim

Lighting Design: Nejlah Shaddouh

Photos: Teunkie Van Der Sluijs

Poster Design: Ian McNulty

Solid Silver by James Brockett, directed by Kate Murphy

Marlon – Prince Shoyelu
Michelle – Kelle Walters
Dean – Boris Mitkov

Kelle Walters and Boris Mitkov

Kelle Walters and Boris Mitkov

Solid Silver - Kelle Walters and Prince Shoyelu

Kelle Walters and Prince Shoyelu

What Remains in the East by Helen Murdoch, directed by Tutku Barbaros

Old Man – Paul Cleveland
Posh Boy – Kyle Ross
Son –  Sam Caseley

What Remains in the East

Paul Cleveland and Sam Caseley

What Remains in the East

Kyle Ross

Empire of Attrition by Janice Hallett, Directed by Kim Moakes

Jess – Lizzy Mace
Mark – Alex Morgan
Rob – Robert Neumark-Jones

Empire of Attrition

Alex Morgan, Lizzy Mace and Robert Neumark-Jones

Empire of Attrition

Robert Neumark-Jones

The Directors

Kim Moakes – director Empire of Attrition 

Kim trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Directing credits: God In The Machine (London Bridge Tunnels), A Resounding Tinkle(Rosemary Branch), Live and Let Live (Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter), Cinderfella (Escape, Kingston), Shape of Things (The Cockpit, Marylebone), I have before me… (Karamel Club), Immaculate (Mountview Academy), The Tragical History of Dr Faustus (Drama Studio, Sheffield)

Assistant credits: Angela Unbound (Leicester Square Theatre), Never Any Fruit (Pleasance Theatre), Shakespeare Inc (Rosemary Branch) Enduring Freedom (Oval House), and Acrebridge FM (Westminster Reference Library).  Kim is soon to be directing the hilarious new comedy, Trash at The Space, Isle of Dogs.

For more information about Kim and her work visit her website

Tutku Barbaros – director What Remains in the East

Tutku studied Drama with English Literature at Sussex University.

Directing credits: Millennium (Southwark Playhouse), Bitter Looks, Flattering Words (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre) ; If I Had a Hammer (Camden Peoples Theatre); The Arsonists (Sussex University)

Assistant credits: Tangent (New Diorama Theatre), Emoticon (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre) Around The World in 80 Days (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre); Waiting For Lefty(Theatre Royal Haymarket)

Performance: Her Right Mind (The Tabard, The Marlborough) What Where,Catastrophe and Film (The Beckett Shorts, Sussex University); Bright ON (site specific), You Me Bum Bum Train (Bethnal Green LEB Building)

Costume design: Guys and Dolls (Sallis Benney Theatre)
Tutku is also one of the five founding members of the devising company Rugged Isaac . They will be taking their devised show Her Right Mind to Edinburgh this Summer.

Check out her blog at

Kate Murphy – director Solid Silver

Kate studied Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts.

Directing credits: Loot by Janice Hallet: Tara Arts (Spearshaker Theatre), Gym by Paul Aitchison: 93 Feet East (Oryx Productions), MSND by Kate Murphy:  Bedlam Theatre Edinburgh (Spearshaker Theatre) , The Maids by Jean Genet translated by Neil Bartlett: Cockpit Theatre (Mountview) , Country Music by Simon Stephens: Karamel Club  (Mountview), Satin N Steel by Amanda Whittington: Karamel Club (Mountview)

Assistant credits: Prize Guy directed by Kathryn Haywood Ryan (Abbeyfest) Colour House Theatre, Tangent directed by Ed Bartram (Waxwing Theatre) New Diorama, Rent by Jonathan Larson directed by Susie Catliff (Mountview) Bernie Grant Arts Centre Dramaturge: The Last Day by Victor Hugo directed by Pamela Schermann: Timzone Theatre Company (Old Red Lion)

Kate also holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Westminster where she specialised in playwriting for her final year. She was part of the Soho Theatre Young Writers Group, 2007 and also wrote and directed Spearshaker Theatre’s first production, MSND, which ran for two years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Bedlam Theatre and Augustines Studio. Kate is Artistic Director of Spearshaker Theatre.

The Writers: 

Janice Hallett – writer Empire of Attrition

Janice Hallett is a London-based writer for page, stage and screen. Her most recent work includes co-writing the feature film Retreat, a psychological thriller released last year by Sony Pictures, starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell. She continues to collaborate with its director Carl Tibbetts on a number of film projects. Meanwhile, she has written and directed two full length stage plays: the macabre farce Bump in the Night and It’s My Manor, a satire about reality TV (co-written with Sharon Exelby). Her psychological farce Loot was featured in Spearshaker’s Protest! night earlier this year. She is now delighted to be involved in The Games with the surreal comedy Empire of Attrition.

Helen Murdoch – writer What Remains in the East

Helen Murdoch is a Brighton based writer for both stage and print. Since finishing her English degree in 2010, she has worked within recruitment, whilst moonlighting as a copywriter, film reviewer, playwright, short story writer and all other things writing related.What Remains in the East is her first play to be performed, but hopefully won’t be the last.

James Brockett – writer Solid Silver 

James Brockett lives and works in London. Solid Silver is his second play written for Spearshaker Theatre, after the success of his two-hander The Moneychangers which appeared as part of Protest! at Tara Arts Theatre. He is also the author of one full-length play – The Last Roll of the Dice – and works as a business journalist.

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