The Compass Sets The Scene For Chester’s Newest Micro Plays

The Compass sets the scene for Chester's new Micro Plays. Credit: The Compass Facebook Page

The Compass sets the scene for Chester’s new Micro Plays. Pic: The Compass Facebook Page.

CHESTER Micro Plays premiere the performances of eight brand new pieces at The Compass, Chester, on Thursday November 27.

Following the success of the last performances in July, the plays will be performed as rehearsed readings by a team of local actors who have worked closely with director, John Young, to entertain the audience.

The performances, Missing Pieces, are inspired by the ideas of Cheshire-based writers and performers, and aim to showcase the creative abilities in the area, as well as allowing the audiences to experience something diverse and exciting.

Director, John Young, says: “We work with the aim of creating 10 minute, sometimes less, sometimes more “Micro Plays”. We usually choose a theme, the last one was space, as in space between us. This time around we choose absence. The writers then start thinking about characters and stories based around this, and then we start thinking of how we can turn these into plays.”

Adding: “The special thing about this is that the playwrights who are all from the community get their work directed by a professional director and performed by actors in their community.”

Writer and co-ordinator of the group, Rebecca Sowray, says: “We wanted to work with local actors to bring new writing to the stage.”

The writer and director work with the playwrights delivering workshops on dialogue, character and structure with the entire process lasting three months overall.

Mr Young, said: “Within this time they have group sessions where they talk about their ideas, as well as opportunities for one to one chats about the work. They then submit a draft which I read and give feedback on. Then after this I work with actors and they get the chance to hear their plays being read out, which is really important when you’re writing plays, as it’s all about the words.”

The rehearsal takes place over three evenings, with the end piece resulting in a script-in-hand performance, above the pub.

Tickets are only £2 on the night at the venue, and those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early as July’s production played to a packed venue.

Mr Young, confirms: “The audience is usually around sixty and we are starting to get quite the following for the work, which is great.”

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