Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ringplay Productions - SIP 2019 11th Annual Festival Introduces the Faces of Short Tales



SIP CELEBRATES 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL
 OF THEATRE IN THE BAHAMAS
BY BRINGING 10 NEW BAHAMIAN WORKS
TO THE STAGE FOR THE SECOND TIME​


 See what's new to our 2019 Festival!

Join Us for Another Season of Short Tales
SiP 2019 - Introduces the "Faces" behind Short Tales.
Today Meet James Marsh

Story by Dr. Nicolette Bethel
Shakespeare in Paradise is a theatre festival held every October in Nassau, Bahamas. Part of its mission is to develop new works and new talent for Bahamian theatre. Short Tales is its latest project in that endeavour celebrating its second year.
Our series on the Faces of Short Tales, this SiP Festival continues with James Marsh.

Want to hear the story of some disgruntled swimming pigs? Well, James Marsh’s “Pig’s Paradise” is certainly the play for you! We asked him to tell us a little about his “pig-nacious” play and the inspiration behind it, and he said “tourism plays such a huge role in Bahamian life. I wondered what it must be like not just to work in tourism, but to be the attraction itself. Like a swimming pig. Then, what if you didn’t enjoy being a tourist attraction – and you could talk?” He continued, “that’s where my play Pigs’ Paradise came from. It’s about some swimming pigs who are disgruntled with their lot and decide to change their world”

 
Although it was not always his goal to become a playwright,  James credits the theatre for being a place where one can see a group of creative people bringing your world to life! His love for theatre pushed him to become more involved in all aspects of the art. He says, “I used to work as an actor in the UK, founded small theatre companies, performed at improvised comedy nights, produced plays, wrote sketch shows, directed plays and worked behind the scenes. I stopped for a while when I moved into writing and marketing roles, so it’s great to re-ignite that dramatic fire.” This year, James will be sharing his expertise as the director of Stephen Hanna’s “All Our Monsters”, a featured play in Short Tales 2019. According to James, what he loves about Short Tales concept, “is that the audience can see ten very different plays in a single evening.” He also said, “if you don’t like a particular piece, don’t worry – there’s another one along in a minute!” In his opinion, short ten-minute plays bring much challenges, from condensing the story, to only choosing the pertinent and honing dialogue all while maintaining the pace and personality of the piece. He assured, “it takes a fair bit of rewriting and creating new drafts to get there.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring playwrights?
We also asked James what advice he would give aspiring playwrights and he urged them to start writing! “It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you get something down on paper or screen but commit to putting something on the page. Don’t worry if you can’t work out how a scene works – just put a note on the page, start the next scene and work your way through to the end to create a first draft. You can figure out the gaps later. The real work is in the next stage – the rewriting. Slowly, draft by draft, you will spiral up towards your finished work. No-one ever gets it right first time!”
If you want to see James Marsh’s play, come see Short Tales 2019 at the Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival!

Season Two
Ten New Plays
Ten New Writers
Nine Directors

And A Whole Lot of Fun and Excitement
Premieres on Monday, September 30, 2019 
Philip A. Burrows Theatre
The Dundas Centre for The Performing Arts.
SAVE THE DATES
SHORT TALES
SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
OCTOBER 2, 8, 10 ,11 & 12, 2019
THE DUNDAS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
PHILIP A. BURROWS THEATRE
 Short Tales is one of four productions and one special event that makes up SIP 2019
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