Havering playwrights showcase their work in six Telltale plays at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:28 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 13 September 2018

Writers John Jones (left), Ruth Bayard (middle) Bernard Doogan (right). Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE Group

Writers John Jones (left), Ruth Bayard (middle) Bernard Doogan (right). Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE Group


Emerging playwrights from Havering will be showcasing their work at the Queen’s Theatre this month.

Writers Richard Margrave (left), Diane Harman (middle) John Jones (right). Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE GroupWriters Richard Margrave (left), Diane Harman (middle) John Jones (right). Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE Group

Local writers from the East London & Essex (ELE) Playwriting Group will be staging six new 15-minute plays as part of a new production, Telltale: Stories You Need to Hear and See on September 24.

Each short play tells a compelling story, dealing with contemporary issues that they feel affect everyone and that need to be spoken about.

There is a drama, comedy and above all entertainment in a production that takes the form of a rehearsed reading with a professional director and actors.

The featured plays include Home or Away by Ruth Bayard, Welsh Rarebit by Bernard Doogan, Sinbad by Diane Harman, BOGOF by John Jones, The Road to Emmaus, Peter Larner and Boomerang Kid by Richard Margrave.

Writers Diane Harman (left) and Ruth Bayard (right) Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE GroupWriters Diane Harman (left) and Ruth Bayard (right) Picture: Richard Margrave, ELE Group

Richard Margrave, leader of the ELE Group told the Recorder: “The six plays were selected from 13 submissions which shows the degree of interest and commitment of new local writers.

“The evening is in aid of the charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK that fights inflammatory bowel disease.”

Diane Harman, who wrote the play Sinbad, has Crohn’s disease.

She said: “Writing is a joy, a release from dealing with the everyday challenge of living with Crohn’s.

“Not only does Telltale promote new writing but it also supports a charity which does so much for those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.”

Peter Larner’s play The Road to Emmaus is inspired by his love of poetry and Italy.

He said: “There is a true story in Italy of a Duke who, on the death of his wife, took a beautiful young second wife who subsequently fell in love with a handsome young man.

“The Duke discovered their affair, imprisoned them and then executed them both.

“There is a twist at the end of the play and I have used several devices to conceal it.”

The production is the third annual showcase of new writing produced by ELE Group. They have writers and playwrights from Havering and south Essex, including Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Brentwood, Billericay and Chelmsford.

Telltale comes to the foyer stage of Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane on Monday, September 24 at 8pm.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333.

For more information about ELE visit this website.


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