Live at Five – Creating art from real-life

Reading Fringe Digital in partnership with Progress Theatre

Each day we’ll be meeting some of the artists who are bringing their shows to you during Reading Fringe Digital.

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Today, host Steph Dewar, Chair of Progress Theatre will be joined by:

Martha Watson Allpress (Writer)

Martha is a writer / performer currently in her final year of the BA Acting course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Following her debut production; Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her); she was accepted onto the Playwright Support Programme with HighTide, and will be under their mentorship for the next year. In her writing, Martha seeks to amplify female voices, crack good jokes and play some banging tunes.

Patricia gets ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) is available to view in 360 degrees throughout the Festival.

Philip Hutchinson (Lucky Dog Theatre Productions)

Philip Hutchinson trained at the ALRA in London and worked for many years in Childrens’ Theatre. He founded Lucky Dog Theatre Productions with Tony Carpenter in 2012 and is responsible for writing all their shows. Together, the pair have performed extensively all over the UK and into Europe and the US.

You can enjoy classic and rare Stan and Ollie routines and songs from stage, screen and record in The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret, running throughout the Festival.

Natasha Sutton Williams (Working Birthday)

Natasha is an award-winning writer, composer and actor. She has been writing darkly comic and provocative plays for ten years. Her work has been performed at multiple London theatres. She is a journalist for the Independent, the Stage, Little White Lies, and Disability Arts Online. She is co-founder of Working Birthday.

Throughout the festival you can experience the (adults only) antics of the father of modern psychology in Freud the Musical (in 360) – filmed in 360 degrees, it’s like sitting in the front row!

About the host

Steph Dewar is Chair of Reading’s Progress Theatre, which has recently received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Steph is also Director Of Operations at South Hill Park Arts Centre.

Please note that today’s conversation may involve descriptions of domestic violence, sexual references, trauma recovery, and drug-taking.

This event was live on 25th July.

This event was live captioned.

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Accessible Panels & Talks

Available to view via this page:

  • From: Saturday, 25th July 2020
  • Start Time: 17:00
  • To: Monday, 31st August 2020
  • End Time: 23:59
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