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No Rhyme by Melanie Pennant at Jack Studio Theatre
No Rhyme by Melanie Pennant, directed by Kate Bannister, at the Jack Studio Theatre, a 51-seat fringe venue in Brockley, south London, from 14 to 25 May 2013, as part of The Jack Studio's annual playwrighting festival WRITE NOW 4.
No Rhyme is a new play about youth on youth crime and the struggle to find answers. It’s New Year’s Eve. When tragedy strikes who will walk away? Nushka’s planning revenge, Pepper’s plans backfire and Jayde is nowhere to be seen. Katya hates her job, Lizzie can’t leave hers and a young girl hovers between life and death. Enter a world where a disrespect can mean more than a life, where being different makes you the target.
WRITE NOW 4 Festival running from the 4-25 May 2013, asked writers with a connection to south east London to submit previously unperformed plays to the theatre. No Rhyme, was chosen for a full production, and two others were chosen for readings: The Magic Hour by Martin McNamara (8th, 10th, 11th May at 8.00pm) Dennis O’Neill has died, and his family gather at the hospital as the priest prays for his soul. Whilst two sons try to remember how to mourn the dead, an older generation evokes the remorse and sense of loss of unwilling migrants from an indifferent Ireland; and Bump by Vinay Patel (7th, 9th May at 8pm and Saturday 11th May at 5.00pm). After ten years apart, Dan and Jayesh run into each other in the maternity ward of their hometown hospital. They share an anxious night as they wait for their partners to give birth. But as the old school friends reconnect, it becomes clear that the past they shared was not as straightforward as it seemed, and that they and their families face a very different future.