Four Plays, four people, four stories,
one moment that changed their lives
Independent theatre company Burning Paper Productions presents 4-Play, a new four part theatre production, bringing together four writers, each with a story to tell. Revealing their inner most thoughts and experiences, each play is performed by each writer, delving into a personal journey of self discovery and one moment that profoundly changed and defined their lives.
MY OLD MEN
In her play, 'My Old Men', Liz Lucas considers how experiencing a life changing event does not have to be a dramatic one. ‘My Old Men’, conveys how small things can alter the course of a life forever and how the circle of life is completed by the growing appreciation and understanding of two influential figures in one woman’s life and the simple giving of a free gift.
Rat Scabies was the drummer in the punk band, The Damned. Seeing them perform that night in 1982, profoundly effected writer and performer, Wasps vs Humans. From that moment on, he only ever wanted to be a drummer in a band. In 'Rat', he relives that gig, the excitement, noise, energy and even reimagines the mind of Rat himself tackling fame, fallouts, regret and ultimately changing his life forever.
Directionless and trying to fit in, life takes a dramatic turn in Linda Plover's play 'Two Lines'. Confirming an unexpected pregnancy and a metaphor for change, this is a simple account of the experiences and challenges faced as a female; a stream of consciousness where past meets present and living in the moment is already a memory.
In 'The Sofa' Simon David Clark plays a stand up comedian moving in a new direction. This time he's telling the truth - and he's not too happy about it. He Shares the two seminal moments in his life. Faith and love are his themes; hope is his target and will this routine ever be good enough for Edinburgh?
Liz has a background in directing, writing and performing and is a founding member of Lincoln Shakespeare company. Her diversity as an actor has seen her taking on roles from Cleopatra to Lear's Fool. As a drama teacher for many years, Liz has written a number of short plays and musicals for schools as well as directing and writing music for a number of independent shows.
As founder member of Vox Libris, she co-wrote a variety of murder mystery evenings before becoming founding member of the Indulgence theatre group.
As well as acting, Liz is no stranger to the live music scene in Lincoln as drummer for The
Butler Family band and The Stand In Blues Band.
More recently, Liz wrote and performed her one woman show, 'The G-Man and Me' which
sold out in Lincoln before going on to perform in Cork.
WASPS vs HUMANS (AKA CARL PLOVER)
Originally a playwright, Carl Plover (aka Wasps vs Humans) has written four plays for theatre and debuted as a performance poet in 2009. He has also supported some of Ireland's & The UK's well regarded performers from the likes of John Cooper Clarke, Whipping Boy, Christy Moore and a daring opening for The Fall.
Carl recently published his debut novel, 'The Mattress' following the success of his first poetry collection entitled 'Sustain Your Ability To Satisfy'.
Musically he has released an L.P and single with UK based 80s avant garde/ experimental band, 4,000,000 Telephones, which gained critical acclaim in the UK national press and made the playlist of BBC Radio 1’s John Peel show. His more recent collaborations include the release of two singles with Cork based music producers and composers, Eat My Noise and over the last four years he has curated and compered the spoken word stage at the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Ireland.
Linda's background is in music. Originally from Lincoln, she was one half of music duo Cahoots playing across Lincolnshire and around the UK. She moved to Ireland in 2002 to study music where she gained an honours degree at University College Cork and was awarded the Doc Gleeson award in 2004.
A multi-instrumentalist, she sings, plays bodhrán, whistle and guitar and released two singles with alt folk outfit Chunky Planet in the early noughties. More recently she has performed as a spoken word artist with Wasps Vs humans.
In Dylan Thomas's centenary year she co wrote and acted in the production Wasps vs Dylan Thomas, which many of his most famous pieces.
Simon Clark studied Drama, Art and Education at the University of Hertfordshire and was a Postgraduate Director at the London Academy of the Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), where he worked with various directors, including Ken Campbell and Peter James.
In 1989, he founded theatre works and the theatre works theatre Festival specialising in original, regional productions, collaborating with playwrights, national and international companies, including Jonathan Harvey, Paines Plough and the Romanian National Youth Theatre.
Simon’s own plays include Portrait of the Artist as a Young Conservative (winner of The Guardian Critic’s Choice, Edinburgh ’91), Ulster Mourning (commissioned by the Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and the Lincoln Community Play: Devils Let Loose.
In 2015, he co-founded The Clark Brothers, a film and television creative production company, with his brother, writer and director Oliver Clark. The company’s current projects include Harder, a brutally funny police drama series and The Award-Winning Clark Bros Really Really Really Good Show – web series to be broadcast from March 2017.
In 2016, at Dublin Web Fest, The Clark Brothers won the Best Original Writing Award.
*Not suitable for under 16s due to adult language and content
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