Dispatches 3 OSO Arts Centre, Barnes
OSO Arts Centre
OSO Arts Centre - 18 December 2018
An Essential Injection of Fresh Voices
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes until 6th December
A Review by Georgia Renwick
Writing for the stage is not an art form that is intrinsic, but one that is honed. Providing a platform for writers to try out their work in front of a live audience, Dispatches scratch night returns to the OSO for the third time after debuting in March of this year, led by ambitious young producer Justin Treadwell. It is packed out once again - Dispatches has garnered popularity by presenting a diverse collection of new work, selected from hundreds in an open submission process.
The third selection is of eight pieces, each ten minutes long. (The One, sharp, funny and a little bit strange; A Gradual Incline, an absurdist sketch engaging to watch; The Talk, set in Northern Ireland; the painfully honest confessional, All The Men Who Used To Text Me Back; Scheduled Transition set in a dystopia where euthanasia has become legal; then delightful light relief, In or Out, the tale of a robotic cat; the nostalgic, Candyfloss, capturing the divine magic of childhood; and finally Can You Dig It , a little gem of a dark comedy.)
Like a skilful short story, the ten-minute play is a tough art to master and I was pleasantly surprised by just how eloquently the writers achieved it. There were some very neat - and some shocking - twists. One of the most satisfying things about watching scratch work is that hot-of-the-press quality - these are fresh voices writing, right now.
Read Georgia Renwick’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/disp-3
Photography by Laura Sedgewick
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