Saturday, 16 May 2020

Current Ventures

Theatre at Home

Our theatres are closed, but there are several opportunities to watch full pull performances at home during the current restrictions.  Many of these are free of charge, though donations are an option provided.

The National Theatre has been making one of its plays available (on YouTube) for 7 full days over recent weeks, starting on a Thursday at 7pm.  Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellam is available currently and runs until 21 May.  This will be followed by A Streetcar Named Desire (with Gillian Anderson) 21-28 May; This House by James Graham from 28 May-4 June; and Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston from 4-11 June.

The Royal Court Theatre is showing Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland (WARNING: sectarian themes and disturbing violent scenes) until 31 May, also on YouTube.  Stephen Rea is in the lead role and both the script and his performance are highly rated.

Sea Wall by Simon Stephens, starring Andrew Scott is a 30 minute monologue and also a critical success:

What Do We Need to Talk About? by Richard Nelson is being treated by the Public Theatre in New York until 28 June.  It continues his work about the Apple siblings but, this time, concerns lockdown and is shown in 'Zoom' format.  Poignant theatre.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and associated restrictions, the activities below have been postponed until further notice.

Penrith Players

Kevan France and Clive Williams have drafted a contemporary and locally-set rewrite of The Mandrake (La Mandragola) by Niccolo Machiavelli, a satirical comedy originally published in the sixteenth century.  Of course, Machiavelli is best known for his handbook on how power really works, where he advocates that the end justifies the means.  Working with and led by Mike head from Penrith Players, this joint venture will be performed by Penrith Players.

NCS Members have also submitted mono/duologues for the excellent Penrith Players and their future tours.

Lord Lonsdale

NCS stalwart Robin Acland has suggested and Kindly offered to lead and coordinate a collaborative project on the life and times of the 5th Earl.

BBC Radio Cumbria

Members submitted entries on the theme of 'Loss' for an opportunity to have their work broadcast.  Anne, Bev, Rachael, Martin and Kevan were successful.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Next Meeting:

As a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


The 3 winning plays in this year's competition - Picture the Scene - will also be shown at the Penrith Playhouse at 7.30 pm on FRIDAY, 20th October 2018.

Tickets are available from:

This date is in addition to the original performance at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick at 7.30pm on SATURDAY, 20th October 2018.

Tickets available from:

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Collaborations with Penrith Players

North Cumbria Scriptwriters are busy developing short plays for Penrith Players.  Approached by Mike Head, our group has been asked again to submit scripts for a forthcoming local tour.

Mike is also planning to produce a play based on The Mandrake by Machivelli, written during the Renaissance and set in Florence.  However, the task is to write a new script, based on the original premise, but set in Cumbria!  The project will involve a team of writers from NCS working together and in collaboration with Mike Head and Penrith Players. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Connect Three at Theatre by the Lake

Following the success at the Derwent Water Regatta on 7&8 July, the Elders' company performed all 4 plays written by Members of NCS in the Studio at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL) on Sunday, 15 July.

An appreciative audience of about 50 were a just reward for the excellent performance and commitment shown by all 8 actors over the past 10 weeks and their Director, Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL and the latest  Member of NCS.

Congratulations to our writers and a big thank you to all those at TBTL who made the event possible.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Derwent Water Regatta - 7 & 8 July 2018

Four short plays written by Members of the North Cumbria Scriptwriters were performed this weekend by the at the National Trust's Derwent Water Regatta.

The project, entitled Connect Three was performed by the Elders' Company at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL), a band of committed, energetic, talented over 55s and directed by Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL.  The plays were:

The Jeeves and Wooster Appreciation Society by Kevan France
Martha and the Monster by Anne Ginty
Bonnets and Curls by John Ward
As Good As It Gets by Martin Chambers

All four plays will be performed in the studio at TBTL, starting at 4pm on Sunday, 15 July.  Tickets are priced £5 and available from the TBTL website using the following link:

This collaboration has proved a successful venture - hopefully the first of many!

A BIG thank you to Dave Cryer and the Elders' Company for all their hard work over the past ten weeks.  Congratulations to our writers.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Elders' Company Project

NCS has joined forces with the Elders' Company at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL), Keswick.  Part of a National initiative, the local company comprises a group of talented, enthusiastic actors with various levels of experience. The group is coordinated by our own Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL.

This Summer, they will perform a selection of short plays at the National Trust's Derwentwater Regatta over the weekend 7th & 8th July and, again, in the Studio at TBTL at 4pm on Sunday, 15 July.

NCS was approached in a joint venture to submit scripts for the project. Plays have been selected and workshops and rehearsals are underway!