Sunderland Stories: Tales of heartbreak, loss and humour to be screened in lockdown theatre project
Murder, dementia, a painful break up, and COVID-19 are just some of the themes covered in a new series of short plays, from emerging writers in Sunderland, which are to be premiered online after being recorded by professional actors.
Sunderland Stories - a project from Sunderland Culture - explores unheard voices from the city and showcases the unique talent and writing styles of aspiring playwrights in Sunderland.
Starting on June 9, a new story will be shared every Tuesday at 8pm for six weeks on Sunderland Culture’s YouTube channel and social media.
Helen Green, Head of Performance at Sunderland Culture, said: “Sunderland has so much untapped talent and I am delighted that we are able to shine a light on just a few of the emerging writers in the city with the Sunderland Stories project.
“The range of ideas submitted was fantastic - funny, sad, absorbing and thought provoking, these stories bring to life Sunderland characters.”
Following a call out for stories to be submitted, a selection panel that included TV playwright Garry Lyons chose six monologues, all from writers whose work has never been shown in public before. Professional actors were then paid to perform and record the plays in their own homes.
Parting Shot, written by Alan Parkinson and performed by Paul Dunn, kicks off Sunderland Stories when it is released next Tuesday, June 9, and tells the tale of someone trying to convince themselves they are doing the right thing despite being desperately unhappy.
::Parting Shot by Alan Parkinson. Performed by Paul Dunn – Tuesday 9 June, 8pm
::Beer Goggles by Jo McCullock. Performed by Christina Berriman Dawson – Tuesday 16 June, 8pm
::Gaps by Julie Wilson. Performed by Jackie Phillips – Tuesday 23 June, 8pm
::How to Bumble Like A Boss by James Whitman. Performed by James Hedley. – Tuesday 30 June, 8pm
::Keep Granny’s Clock by Catherine O’Neill. Performed by Judi Earl – Tuesday 7 July, 8pm
::Nasty Pasties by Thomas Kelly. Performed by Corinne Kilvington – Tuesday 14 July, 8pm