Protest!

For Spearshaker’s first ever London performance we brought you Protest! which premiered to a sold out audience at Tara Arts on Wednesday 22nd February @ 7.30pm.

Protest! brought together four writers, four directors and a company of actors to stage four short plays on the theme of protest with Spearshaker inviting audiences to experience 4 unique perspectives about what protest can mean to the individual.

See below for a run down of the plays and also biogs for the creative team…

The Moneychangers by James Brockett, directed by Jane Moriarty

Cast: Lizzie Carter-Fox, Victor Conteh

March by Martha Everitt, directed by Hannah Joss

Cast: Rose Robinson, Rosie Mclaughlin, Kelle Walters, Bernice Pike

Locks of Loss by Denise Rose Hansen, directed by Pamela Schermann

Cast: Laura Free, Victor Conteh

Loot by Janice Hallett, directed by Kate Murphy

Cast: Ben Hale, Megan Smith, Paul Aitchison

For more Protest! production photos click here

Protest! Creative

Artistic Director – Kate Murphy

Producer – Meera Shaunak

Stage Manager – Laura Day

Sound Design – Max Pappenheim

Lighting Design – Andy Howell

Poster Design – Kuldeep Nazran

Protest! Directors

Jane Moriarty – director The Moneychangers

Jane trained as a director at Mountview Academy of theatre Arts.Directing credits include:Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand (WhiteBear Theatre), Boston Marriage by David Mamet (CockpitTheatre), Animal Farm (Mountview), Ironmistress by April de Angelis(Karamel Club), Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo (Granary Theatre,Cork), One Was Nude & One Wore Tails by Dario Fo (UC Berkeley).
As an Assistant Director: The Bible (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre),Buried Child by Sam Shepard (Cockpit Theatre), Voicing – devised (Arch468), Macbeth (California Shakespeare Theatre).

Jane also holds a BA (hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies and English (UCC,Ireland) and studied theatre and directing at UC Berkeley (California). She is the Artistic Director of Half Door Theatre.

Kate Murphy – director Loot

Kate trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing credits include:The Maids by Jean Genet translated by Neil Bartlett (Cockpit Theatre), Country Music by Simon Stephens (Karamel Club), Satin N Steel by Amanda Whittington (Karamel Club),Gym by Paul Aitchison (93 Feet East) The Divine Lounge by Various (Area 51), A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare (Westminster University), Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan (Westminster University). As Assistant Director: Rent By Jonathan Larson directed by Susie Catliff (Bernie Grant Arts Centre)

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.

Pamela Schermann – director Locks of Loss

Pamela trained at the University of Vienna and at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing credits include: The Last Day (Time Zone Theatre/ Waterloo East Theatre, 2012), Dorian Gray (by Oscar Wilde, Cockpit Theatre, 2011), Debris (by Dennis Kelly, Karamel Club, 2011), La Traviata (Opera by Verdi, Kirchstetten/Austria 2009), Mozart & Salieri (Opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, Vienna/Austria 2010), The Bacchae (Euripides, Trier/Germany 2009), Don Carlos (by Friedrich Schiller, Vienna 2006). Credits as assistant director include State Opera Stuttgart (Germany), Scala Vienna and others.

Pamela is Artistic Director of Time Zone Theatre Company.

Hannah Joss – director March

Biog coming soon…

Protest! Writers

Martha Everitt – writer March

Martha Everitt graduated with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing in 2010. Since then, she has written a short film and a collection of poetry, and is currently writing her second full-length play. A lifelong Arsenal fan, she can be found most weekends screaming at a referee. Click here to check out Martha’s blog.

Janice Hallett – writer Loot

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 other 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). She is delighted to be involved in Spearshaker’s Protest! night with the psychological farce Loot.

James Brockett – writer The Moneychangers 

James Brockett is the author of one full-length play, The Last Roll of the Dice, an exploration of gambling and the financial crisis, and this shorter piece, The Moneychangers, which was inspired by the anti-capitalist protest camp at St.Paul’s Cathedral. James is a business journalist from London and news editor of People Management magazine.

Denise Rose Hansen – writer Locks of Loss

I am 22 years old, a self-chosen refugee from Denmark, a second year creative writing student, a writer for four colourless maritime magazines, a music aficionado, obsessed with purchasing books with beautiful covers and endlessly captured by the gaps between people.

Calling all writers!

Do YOU want to write for Spearshaker Theatre? We are currently commissioning short plays for our 2012 show – Protest! 

We are interested in the individual writer response to the theme of protest. Protest can mean so many different things to so many people and we want to showcase a variety of responses to this topic.

Writing Brief:

-Running time of up to 15 minutes.

– 3 characters or less.

– Character ages between 18-30.

– Minimal set/lighting/sound.

Submission deadline: Monday 19th December 2011

Interested? Please contact use via the contact button for more info!