Present : Tense / Six


27 April 2008 Southwark Playhouse


The return of the toughest creative challenge in town. A group of playwrights, directors, poets and musicians have just one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment.

Stop Press: After careful consideration the PT/6 artists decided the killing of Stephen Wills was the most important story on the news agenda, provoked by this comment piece from Saturday's Daily Telegraph: It's too dangerous for Good Samaritans

First half: Cuts by David Watson directed by Naomi Jones starring Alister Cameron, Victoria Bavister, Jason Maza and Lois Norman

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Nathan Clough

Donnington Castle by Jack Thorne directed by George Perrin starring Harry Hepple and Phoebe Whyte

In the interval: A film by John Lloyd Fillingham Photography by Steve Hollingshead

Second half: Just Us by Katie Douglas directed by James Grieve starring Craig Gazey and James Holmes

Music by Arthur Darvill

In My Country by Justin Butcher directed by Nathan Curry starring Sally Amaka Okafor and Anthony Keetch

Artist Biographies

Justin Butcher (Playwright, working with Nathan Curry) Justin read Classics Greats at Oxford, and trained subsequently at Drama Studio London, graduating with honours in 1992, since when he has worked all over the world as a director, writer, actor and musician in a vast range of roles and productions in theatre, television, radio and film. His epic play Scaramouche Jones, starring the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-award winning actor Pete Postlethwaite, has been touring the globe since its launch at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2001, has won and been nominated for several awards, and been translated and produced in five other languages. In 2003 Justin wrote and directed the smash-hit satirical comedy The Madness Of George Dubya in response to the Iraq War. Hailed by The Guardian newspaper as the catalyst for the re-politicisation of British theatre, the show received unprecedented global media coverage, played to packed houses for five months in London’s West End, and along with its sequel A Weapons Inspector Calls, earned Justin the Fringe Report Best Political Dramatist Award 2003. The third in the trilogy, Guantanamo Baywatch, was produced in the West End in the run-up to the November ’04 US Presidential election. His comic update of the Phaedra/Hippolytus legend, Breaking Strain, was a major hit at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering award nominations and a five star review in The Scotsman newspaper, who hailed it as a “modern classic”.

Nathan Curry (Director, working with Justin Butcher) Nathan recently directed Weapons of Happiness by Howard Brenton at The Finborough Theatre. He is the Artistic Director of the award-winning theatre company, Tangled Feet, which has toured the UK and Europe. With the company, he has directed GAME? (Nominated Total Theatre Awards for Best Original Work), Emily’s Kitchen, Lost Property (Nominated for The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence for Best Ensemble) and Catching Dust (Best Director: London LOST Festival). Also as Director, Ya Get Me? By Ashmeed Sohoye for the Old Vic Education Department, Waiting for Superman by Marcus Condron (nabokov shorts at The Old Red Lion). In July he will direct a large-scale community project in the village of St Just in Cornwall. Nathan assisted Howard Davies on A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway and at The Old Vic, and was Staff Director at The National Theatre on The Life of Galileo.

Nathan Clough (Actor/Writer/Poet) Nathan trained at ALRA. Recent credits include The Blacks and Bashment (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Stonewall (Pleasance London & Edinburgh); Ask & Tell and Below The Radar (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Souljah (Angelica Entertainments). He was hoodwinked into writing last October and now cannot seem to stop!

Arthur Darvill (Composer) Arthur has composed music for various theatre projects including nabokov's production of Artefacts at The Bush, on national tour and Off-Broadway; Stoopud Fucken Animals by Joel Horwood for The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Crazy Love by Che Walker for Paines Plough; Suddenly Last Summer, A Dolls HouseTimon of Athens for RADA; Drywrite Presents: Lyrics for Drywrite and Adult Child, Dead Child for Stage 2 at The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. Arthur is currently working on two projects in collaboration with Che Walker: Been So Long The Musical, and The Frontline, which will premiere at The Globe in the summer.

Katie Douglas (Playwright, working with James Grieve) Prize winner Katie Douglas writes in TV, stage and radio. For the screen her work spans comedy and drama, kids and adult, and in addition she has several original TV projects in development. For stage, she’s worked for the National Theatre, the RSC, the Liverpool Everyman, the Arvon Foundation and she was recently Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough. Her new play RUST was recently short listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

James Grieve (Director, working with Katie Douglas) James is co-founder and joint artistic director of nabokov for whom he has directed Kitchen, Bedtime For Bastards, Nikolina and the recent World Premiere production of Artefacts by Mike Bartlett, which premiered at The Bush Theatre and is currently touring nationally prior to transferring Off-Broadway in May.

Steve Hollingshead (Photographer) Steve has been celebrating the diversity and creativity of London and its people in his black & white photographs for over ten years. He is currently halfway through an ambitious series of exhibitions called The London Wall Project ­ presented as a wall of hundreds of images of Londoners at play. His first book on London festivals, Event, was published last year. More information can be found on

Naomi Jones (Director, working with David Watson) Naomi worked with David Watson when she directed Flight Path for Out of Joint and the Bush Theatre. Recently she directed Man of Mode at Oxford School of Drama, Machinal (Oxford School of Drama at BAC), Million Tiny Plays (Clerkenwell Theatre), After Miss Julie (GEST, Sweden). As the assistant director at Out of Joint she has worked on Testing the Echo (dir. Matthew Dunster), King of Hearts, O Go My Man, Talking to Terrorists, Macbeth, The Permanent Way and Duck.

John Lloyd Fillingham (Film-maker) John has just finished the video design for The Elephant Man, directed by Ellie Jones. He has also edited Sudden Collapses in Public Places, directed by Jeremy Herrin for Live Theatre. He created the video design for The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, directed by Deborah Bruce and designed by Imogen Cloet. He also created online advertisements for The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster's production of Huckleberry Finn directed by Ian Hastings and The Royal Court's production of That Face by Polly Stenham, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

George Perrin (Director, working with Jack Thorne) George is co-founder and joint artistic director of nabokov. He trained as Trainee Associate Director of Paines Plough and Watford Palace Theatre and on the National Theatre Studio directors' course. He was the first recipient of the Genesis Director's Award from the Young Vic and is a member of Old Vic New Voices. Credits as director include: House of Agnes by Levi David Addai (Oval House, Paines Plough), The Dirt Under The Carpet by Rona Munro (Oran Mor Glasgow & Shunt Vaults London, Paines Plough), Crazy Love by Che Walker (Oran Mor Glasgow & Shunt Vaults London, Paines Plough), Terre Haute by Edmund White (West End / National Tour / Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, nabokov), My Little Heart Dropped In Coffee by Duncan Macmillan and Babies by Katie Douglas (Paines Plough/Young Vic Wild Lunch) and Camarilla by Van Badham (Old Red Lion London/Edinburgh Festival Fringe, nabokov).

Jack Thorne (Playwright, working with George Perrin) Jack's plays for stage include When You Cure Me, Fanny and Faggot and Stacy. For TV, he writes for Skins and Shameless. His first feature film, The Scouting Book For Boys, hopefully goes into production in September.

David Watson (Playwright, working with Naomi Jones) David's play Flight Path opened at the Bush Theatre in September 2007, in a co-production with Out of Joint, before touring the country. Other plays include Just A Bloke (Royal Court), and Undercarriage (Birmingham Rep). TV includes: L8er (Hiatus/BBC.) David was one of the writers on BBC Radio's Sparks project 2008.

Southwark Playhouse Shipwright Yard, London, SE1 2TF. (nearest tube: London Bridge) Sunday 27 April 2008 - 8pm - £10 Tickets: Ticketweb, or from the venue on 0844 847 1656