By The Factory Writers
Steven Bloomer, Nirjay Mahindru, Barbara Norden, Federay Holmes, Peter Rumney, Nic Alderton, Nick Harrop, Evan Placey, Paul Jenkins, John Donnelly, Clare Bailey, Fiona Gillan, Tim Luscombe
• Each submission may consist of a title, character names, text to be spoken, and nothing else.
• may be set anywhere but must be free from description of setting outside of what is spoken as text.
• may be filled with physical action but must be free from stage direction outside of what might be implied by spoken text.
• may be deeply character specific but must be free from character description outside of what is spoken as text.
• must be written in consideration of the fact that any actor, of any age, ethnicity, or gender may play any part, and that actors will do nothing to 'transform' themselves into any part.
• must be free from any use of costume, props, furniture, or set.
• must be free from any use of LX, SFX or music.
• must involve no more than 3 actors.
• may be as short as so desired, but must be no longer than 10 minutes.
Director: Alex Hassell
Assistant Directors: Simon Muller and Elena Pavli
Producer: Liam Evans-Ford
Round 2 is a growing collection of daring short plays written to an almost impossibly challenging brief.
Straying ever further into the creation of new work The Factory continues to explore its thirst for spontaneity, danger, and revelation by pitching its actors against each other every week to tackle pieces that reveal more about themselves with each showing.
As Round 2 is an open brief, and new plays are constantly being added to the collection, the content is never the same. Long standing works are attacked from new angles alongside pieces being explored live for the first time.
All the plays are multiply cast, allowing the actors to play different roles each time. Both actors and audience formulate relationships and meaning afresh at each showing. To this end, the actors have been Factory trained, but not rehearsed, so that they have to thrash out their virgin choices before a paying audience.
THE FACTORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK HAMPSTEAD THEATRE FOR ALLOWING THE USE OF WORK CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH THEM.