New season at the Brockley Jack Theatre - Write Now

The Brockley Jack theatre is launching a new season of plays written by local writers, called Write Now. In September 2009, the theatre invited playwrights with a connection to south east London to submit unperformed plays to the venue.

Here are the three chosen:

Compression by Joy Wilkinson
Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 February at 7.45pm

Go for a spacewalk in Piccadilly. Scubadive down the South Bank. Think you're thinking about anything... except you.

Ever since he was born, a terrible gift has cut Robin off from those around him. Today that may change. This is Robin's last chance to propose to the woman he loves, but he has to get to Machu Picchu to do it. And how can he cross the world, when he can't even get out of his bedsit?

Compression is a funny and moving new play about the voices in our heads that hold us back, and how one singular man talked them around.

Fighting by Tom Green
Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 February at 7.45pm

Will we fight back? Without any weapons. What are we going to do? Throw stones? Call them names?

Two soldiers flee from an ambush in the middle of the night. They think it's just a military exercise but the arrival of a wounded colleague suggests that the fighting is for real. So who is behind it? And are they out there still, hunting them down?

Fighting is a provocative drama that questions what we can rely on and whose account of the truth we should believe.

The Bitch From Brixton by Kate Gallon and Kate-Lynn Hocking
Tuesday 2 - Saturday 6 March at 7.45pm

It's obvious when I shot him I intended to kill him...

Open and shut cases are rarely what they seem. Ruth Ellis, the so-called 'Bitch from Brixton', is hanged after being found guilty of the murder of her lover. Yet beyond the tabloid controversy lurks a seedy underbelly of espionage, power and betrayal in 1950's London.

Using court archives and biographical accounts this thrilling new play offers Ruth Ellis a powerful and contemporary voice.