three plays by Sam Hall, Sarah Hehir, and Whoop’n’Wail
inspired by HG Wells’ story “The Door in the Wall”
directed by Amy Clare Tasker
featuring Jonathan Akingba, Mathew Betteridge, Rachel Dobell, Abla Kandalaft, and Georgina Panton.
We set four female playwrights a challenge, to write a play no longer than 17 minutes, based on any aspect of HG Wells’ story “The Door in the Wall” – an allegorical tale of dark longing and obsession. She Writes: What’s Through the Door? is an unexpected evening of dangerous games, space age fantasy, and questionable reality.
17Percent is an organisation to support and promote UK-based female playwrights founded by Sam Hall in 2009.
The Plays and The Playwrights
Losing Light by Whoop’n’Wail. Children’s games turn sinister when they’re played by dysfunctional adults.
Whoop’n’Wail are Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman: both performers, and co-founders of Whoop‘n’Wail Theatre Company. Their debut play, ‘eXclusion’, toured the Edinburgh Fringe, Waterloo East Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre in 2011.
The Audition by Sam Hall. It’s just another audition for a sci-fi show for a wannabe actor, until the other aliens start acting pretty odd, and all is not what it seems.
Sam Hall’s plays have been performed in the UK and internationally, her play ‘Seven tunes on the flute’ received its world premiere in Italy at the Trends festival of new British Writing, April 2013, and her first play, written long ago whilst still at school, won the Six Counties Festival
The Fourth Circle by Sarah Hehir. Two siblings are reunited after the death of their mother in this allegorical tale.
Sarah Hehir is the winner of The 2013 Writer’s Prize sponsored by the BBC Writersroom. Her play ‘Bang Up’ was broadcast on Radio Four on 8 August 2013.
Jonathan Akingba graduated from LAMDA 2012. Whilst at LAMDA he appeared in One Turbulent Ambassador, The Game of Love & Chance, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Cressida, Platanov, The Merry Wives of Windsor, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Love for Love, Measure for Measure, and Oedipus.. In 2013, he performed in the ‘Summer of Love’ at the Old Red Lion Theatre with Grassroots Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labours Lost and Romeo & Juliet. Other stage work includes The Machine Wreckers and Arena at the Miskin Theatre.
Mathew Betteridge was born in Hampshire and trained at the Rose Bruford College. Mat has worked in Theatre, TV, Film and Voice Over. Theatre Highlights include playing Jean in Strindberg’s Miss Julie at the Pleasance Islington, debuting the play Bird in the Bush at the Edinburgh Festival and mentoring disadvantaged children as part of a production for the reopening of the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden. TV Highlights include Channel 4 Learning Zone and a series of adverts for the Hallmark Channel. He can currently be seen in a national commercial for the Halfords brand.
Rachel Dobell’s previous stage roles include: Marion in A Woman of No Importance…Or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow (Paradigm Theatre Company); Prince/Home Secretary in Romeo & Juliet (Geboo Productions); Royal Guest in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC ); Frau Bergmann and Professor Fliegentod in Spring Awakening (OutFox Productions); Heidi Schiller in Follies (All Star Productions); Mrs. Solness in The Master Builder (Humble Theatre Company); Paulina in The Seagull (Inner Sanctum Theatre); and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (Cambridge Arts Theatre). Rachel loves singing and took part in this year’s Fete de la Musique, in Burgundy, France. Films include The Last Day of Winter, Hello Again, educational films, and commercials.
Abla Kandalaft is a professional actress who grew up in London but trained in classical and contemporary theatre in Paris. She is currently based in London but occasionally performs in Paris as well. A native English speaker, she has a mix of Lebanese, Syrian and French origins and works as voice artist in three languages. She is also occasionally works as a presenter and a broadcast journalist, working with Radio France as a correspondent and the Russian World Service. She is a presenter for Paris Cinéma the Paris Film Festival and for the Cannes Film Festival’s Semaine de la Critique.
Georgina Panton trained at East 15 School of Acting. Recent roles include Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure (Immersion Theatre), Nancy in Oliver Twist, Belle/Mrs. Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol (TNT Theatre) and Nell Gwynn in Five Clever Courtesans (Cabinets of Curiosity). Previous theatre includes Breakfast with Emma (Rosemary Branch/Tennison’s Quirk), Proof (Birmingham Stage), Hell and High Water (Strange Face), The Picture of Dorian Gray (White Horse Theatre) and tours to No.1 venues in Europe and Asia with Harold and Maude, The Canterville Ghost, Dinner for One and One Language, Many Voices (all TNT Theatre). Film and TV includes Looney Tunes (Scene Productions), The Gift (Savitri Films) and the comedy pilot Wonderdog (Marron). She also voices the character of Melissa in the Channel 4 interactive web game Smokescreen.
Amy Clare Tasker (director) is recently arrived in London from San Francisco, where she is a co-founder of Inkblot Ensemble and an Associate Artist with DIVAfest, EXIT Theatre, and Cutting Ball Theater. Her latest work, The Helen Project, cocreated with San Francisco playwright Megan Cohen, is a fragmented retelling of Helen of Troy for five actors in a theatre and as an online interactive text adventure. She is currently working with collaborators in San Francisco and New York on a new devised piece to be performed on Google+ Hangout for an international audience. An active member of “YEAH, I Said Feminist: A Theater Salon,” Amy’s TACTICS interview series (Theatre Artists Collected Thoughts Insights Challenges and Strategies for gender parity advocacy) is online at Works by Women San Francisco and www.amyclaretasker.com.