Friday, 19 July 2013

Inappropriate Behaviour - The Results

Peter Thompson writes:

"What fun! We finally brought our globally advertised Short Play competition to a conclusion on Monday 15 July 2013, with six authors in search of acclaim, filtered out from a field of 36. The results were as follows:

POLES APART was an absurdist play by Michael Ayers, which came sixth. It was set in a restaurant, in which Chris Prior tried to engage an ice-cold Michelle Frost, at the next table, in conversation about Polish ancestry. Her frigidity survived a room temperature of 82 degrees, in old money, until eventually she walked out on the arm of the waiter, Max Warrick, who had been goose-stepping round like Basil Fawlty. Hmm.

RECYCLING by Cyd Casados and Melissa J Woodside was fifth. It starred Rebecca Sidwell who was preparing for divorce, by passing on a few old things to her best friend, Suzie Kendall, including her twitchy old husband, Kevin Mandry. But the hidden agenda was to wreak revenge on the two of them for their past infidelity. The Bright Young People laughed and clapped. The old and dim are still working on it.

I DO LIKE YOUR TIE was a neat little police interview drama by Kelvin Fawdrey. The suspect, a feisty performance by Cyd Casados, was making a fool of PC Dave, Rob Maloney, while Inspector Kate, Denise O’Leary, tried to see that the right things went on to the tape. Lots of laughs at the beginning, as the suspect flirted with the PC, but gradually we realised what she had been up to: she was taking her revenge for her husband’s giving her HIV, by passing it on to a series of married men, because they deserved it. Fourth place.

MASTERSON AND SONS INTERDEPARTMENTAL CHRISTMAS PARTY was a broad comedy by Chloe Austin. Fiona McKinnon, was up before the department manager Phil Philmar for inappropriate behaviour. Nothing to do with the way she used a baby-wipe to remove hypo-allergenic night-time eye gel from the crotch of a customer’s trousers; everything to do with a “brutal and debilitating attack on a co-worker” at the Christmas Party [exciting flashback]. Fortunately the manager was persuaded to let her off with a warning and two nights’ overtime stock-taking if only she would do that little thing for him… And then Giles Armstrong walked in and caught her administering a back waxing. He had come to present her with the Oatmeal facewash multi-pack Christmas Bonus award. A happy ending. Third place.

FOOD ON THE FLOOR was a chilling piece by Neil Rhodes (from Wales) about child abuse. At the start we hear horrible sounds of violence off stage and then silence. The mother, Nadia Nadif, waits for it to be over and Andrew Ward comes in to report that the little girl is sleeping and not to be disturbed. During the next ten minutes we gradually learn that Yes, he may have hit her and she probably has a bruise, but she’ll be all right in the morning whilst mother says she is sure it was an accident and she’ll take the blame herself but she must call a doctor. Back and forth with outbursts of violence and all kinds of inappropriate pressure: the courts, the social services, the neighbours. This disturbing play won the author the runner-up prize of £150.

THREE WOMEN was a very funny piece about three Glaswegian women making ends meet by shop-lifting. Fatima Uygun’s highly original take on inappropriate behaviour was put over with gusto and courageous accents by Carrie Cohen, Anthea Courtenay and Elizabeth Trueblood. A worthy winner of £250, which went some way towards covering the drinks in the bar afterwards and the train back to Scotland.

Laurence Marks presented the prizes for the two best plays and, to loud applause, the additional prizes to the most nominated actor, Andrew Ward and actress, Fiona McKinnon; and he threw out a general invitation to come and see the latest [and final?] series of BIRDS OF A FEATHER being recorded at South Bank studios.

This was a very slickly presented evening’s entertainment that was hugely enjoyed. It was orchestrated by a small group of senior members [Chair, Secretary, Eamon McDonnell, Peter Vincent and Carrie Cohen] and those fantastically energetic and effective Casting Secretaries: Suzie Kendall and Natasha Staples. Well done all.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Inappropriate Behaviour - The Final

And so we come to the last Monday of the term, and we end with a bang not a whimper. Yes, it's the long-awaited finale of our global competition. £250 to the winner, who will be presented with the cheque by our distinguished presidents, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who will still be glowing from their recommissioning of Birds of a Feather.

Hats off to everyone involved, competitors and judges, and enjoy your summer! P-P may be dormant, but we are present, as ever, at the Camden Fringe and elsewhere, and as the news and dates and details of first nights and so on comes through, remember, this is your first port of call.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Making A Film

Ever fancied taking lots of cocaine, living in Los Angeles, and having a really big swimming pool? Then come along to the Three Stags on Monday and you might end up as, if not the next Quentin Tarantino, the next Cecille B.  DeMille? How so? Well Mark Brown and Nastasha Staples are giving a talk on how to make a movie. These days it's a lot cheaper than it used to be, what with digital cameras and the like.

Here's one Mark wrote. You may recognise the starlet.

Monday 8th  July, at 7.30.

Monday, 1 July 2013


We received 36 entries for this Short Play competition on the theme INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR. They came from all round Europe and included suspenseful drama as well as comedy, all of a high standard. A panel of adjudicators has now sifted out six for the finals to be staged and judged upstairs at the Three Stags, 67-69 Kennington Road SE1 7PZ from 7.30pm on Monday 15 July 2013. They are

Food on the Floor by Neil Rhodes

I Do Like Your Tie by Kelvin Fawdrey

Masterson & Sons Inter-departmental Christmas Party by Chloe Austin

Poles Apart by Michael Ayers

Recycling by Cyd Casados and Melissa Woodside and

Three Women by Fatima Uygun.

Casting for these plays is in the hands of Suzie Kendall and Natasha Staples [ppcasting] and all paid-up P-P actors are eligible. There will be prizes for the best performances [£50 each for best actor and best actress] as will as £250 for the writer of the best play and £150 for the runner up.

For further information contact the Secretary, Peter Thompson: [020 8883 0371]