Feb 23 2010 By Sandy Dhaliwal
Local theatre company Finding the Plot are bringing their 'theatre experience with a difference' to the Compass with the interactive production For Better or for Worse?
The comedy play, which will be running for two nights in Ickenham has already sold out its first night and will be centred around the fictional wedding of Philip and Lisa – with the audience as the guests! Ushers will be on hand with button holes and to show guests to their seats and there will be a glass of Buck's fizz for every guest as well as a beautiful vintage wedding Rolls Royce especially supplied for this event by the London Motor Museum. Just don't forget your hat!
The script itself is particularly special, as it was sourced by contributions from local writers whose ideas turned into a show through a competition run by Finding the Plot themselves. The company held a writing competition for local writers – including several from the popular Uxbridge Writer’s Group – to submit scripts for a special event: the wedding of fictional Philip and Lisa at the Compass Theatre. The winning scripts were expertly developed by the company and will be performed in a fully staged production, featuring professional actors and members of Ealing’s famous Questor’s theatre group.
For Better or For Worse will be the sixth annual new writing showcase by Finding the Plot. Previous showcases have been well attended in London venues such as Riverside Studios and the Bush Theatre. The 2009 showcase, an evening of ‘bite-sized’ plays hosted by television scriptwriter Ivor Baddiel in the Traveller’s Studio at Harrow Arts Centre was a complete sell out and highlighted by the Harrow Gazette as ‘the one to watch’.
Finding the Plot specialises in developing the talents of new writers. Led by author and local writing group facilitator Siobhan Curham and experienced writers and directors Charlotte Baldwin and Stuart Berry; it offers writers just starting out in their careers the rare opportunity to see their work professionally produced, with script workshops and readings to enable them to develop their work further. Money raised from the showcases is donated to Happy Ever After, a charity co-founded by company member Siobhan Curham, which sponsors literacy programmes in Ghana. As a direct result of the 2009 showcase, 40 people living in poverty in Ghana have now had the opportunity to learn to read and write.
For 2010, the team are seeking to expand their work by offering a complete production rather than a showcase of short plays in order to appeal to a new audience, who might not otherwise choose new writing, in a uniquely accessible and entertaining format.
''It’s such a great project,'' enthuses cast member Antonio Scarramuzzino. ''The writing is very funny and the whole idea is brilliant – so many people will benefit''.