Library transformed into mini theatre

Release Date: 28/03/2017

Whitton Library was transformed into a theatre last weekend for a one-night special performance of three new plays.

‘The Script Room’ was a collection of three plays, performed back to back. It was the brain child of Barry Edwards from Optik Performance who are a local production company. Barry, who worked with Community Libraries Manager Kim Hacker and local historian and “Friend of Whitton Library”, Ed Harris, reviewed over 95 scripts to choose the final three.

The plays that were selected: ‘Things that grow in chalk’ by Ed Birch; ‘Very Special Murderers’ by Frances Bushe; and, ‘Monster’ by David Kantouna.

Over 40 people attended the one-off intimate performance, which was included as part of the Richmond upon Thames Music and Drama Festival.

The Music and Drama Festival has run for three weeks across various venues within the borough. Other festival programme highlights included performances from the Richmond Orchestra and Thames Philharmonia, a showcase from students at the Rambert School of Ballet and contemporary dance and productions at borough theatres including the Orange Tree, Richmond Theatre and Hampton Hill Playhouse.

Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Arts, said:

“This is another example of a fantastic event in our Music and Drama Festival line up. Over the past few weeks, hundreds of people have enjoyed dance, concerts, plays, opera, contemporary performances and so much more.

“We really do have a lot of talented groups and organisations in this borough and I am thrilled that the festival has given them a platform for us all to enjoy their skills and talents.”

Updated: 28 March 2017