Theatre West present … Picture This, an 11 week season of new plays at the Alma Tavern, Bristol from 28 September - 10 December 2011

In December 2010 Alison Comley, joint Artistic Director of Theatre West, travelled to Berlin and purchased 50 random black and white photographs not knowing who was in them nor how or when they were taken; photographs whose stories had been forgotten. She then challenged 45 of the South West’s best new writers to each create a script inspired by one of the pictures in her collection; to imagine a new story behind each image.

Theatre West is proud to present five brand new productions and 4 script-in-hand performances from nine of the South West’s most exciting writing prospects including Edson Burton (Children of Salt, 2010) and Steve Lambert (Showing The Monster, 2009) to be performed at the Alma Tavern over Theatre West’s 11 week season, Picture This.

The Darkroom
4 – 15 October
By Steve Lambert
Directed by Pameli Benam
Early post-war England and a wife is trying to return to the normal civility of life with a husband haunted by the dark memories of battle. 1949; make do and mend.

Dorian’s Second Life
18 – 29 October
By Penny Gunter
Directed by Sita Calvert-Ennels
Dorian Matthews has a counter-phobia. He parachutes off buildings, he tight-rope walks from terrifying heights; he is pathologically addicted to fear.

Raising Kamila
1 – 12 November
By Edson Burton
Directed by Amanda Horlock
Set against the sumptuous surrounds of the Rhine, this story of three companions on a tugboat captures the turmoil at the heart of German society during the interwar years. The tide is turning.

I Remember Green
15 – 26 November
By Heather Lister
Directed by Andy Burden
Jim and Ellie’s relationship is splintering. Accusations fly along with the crockery and their blind son Sam sees it all.

Sitting With Thistle
29 November – 10 December
By Marietta Kirkbride
Directed by Ed Viney
It’s been snowing solidly for two weeks. Mark and Elysé have been staying with their reclusive grandmother waiting for a family reunion that never happened. They’ve been trapped there for four days. Gran died after two…

These 5 productions are presented alongside script-in-hand performances of 4 other plays that were shortlisted for Theatre West’s Picture This season:- Donkey Talent by Mark Shand (28 September); The Climbers by William House(29 September); You’re Going To Miss Me When I’m Gone by James Killick (30 September); and Three Women by Katriel Costello (1 October).