MERE MORTALS: A showcase of new drama shorts live and on film

MERE MORTALS: A showcase of new drama shorts live and on film

Screenstage
Sat 25 Nov 2017
19:30 (2h (Including 10m interval))
"In essence this (Resonate/Screenstage) was little short of a masterclass in the craft of scriptwriting – I went through so many emotions in just over an hour. I was thrilled by and enjoyed the tremendous interplay, I laughed, I related to the content. So entertaining. The powerful monologue ‘Girl In 2017’ brought into sharp focus how contemporary issues and technology have dulled the senses of today’s teens-to-20s generation. ‘Ma Baby’ was utterly brilliant with a magical performance from the actress as the Glasgow mother of a Down’s Syndrome daughter – with again, superlative writing. ‘Destruere’ featured an actor giving a bravura turn as an eloquent, regretful, despairing Irish alcoholic as he drank and delivered whimsy, fury and sorrow. This was a stunning piece of work – great acting with great writing – a potent mix. Then came my personal highlight short ‘Shark’. This piece has stayed with me even as I write this – it horrified and moved me – but it impressed me to such a degree that I simply can’t get it out of my head. Absolutely spot-on performances from both actors, but such economy of credible dialogue powered to maximum impact level. Then we had the visual climax of an almost Disneyfied characterisation in ‘Mercy’ with the playing of a embittered maturing actress who has gone beyond her sell-by date in the world of theatre"
Ivan Eavis
"Screenstage's showcase of short productions at the Fringe was a tremendous evening, just excellent. I felt the writing was quite exemplary and I pass on my congratulations to the writer/director (Thom McKeown). The cast throughout were uniformly outstanding with particular note for the work in Ma Baby, Destruere (again a quite wonderful script), the mesmerising graphic menace of Shark, the gorgeous little piece That’s Love and my favourite of the whole production - the exasperating wife, marvellously played in A Fork In A World Of Soup."
Jack Keunsberg, Freelance
Book Tickets
The content of Mere Mortals includes mature content and is not recommended for those of a sensitive disposition
_ Price: £10
_ Age Group: 18+
_ Venue: Red Lecture Theatre

Screenstage presents original dramas with a social realism ethos, and in MERE MORTALS we offer a new showcase of short pieces, both in live performance and on digital screen. Since 2010 we’ve brought to the stage and screen over 40 long and short-form productions to considerable critical acclaim from theatregoers, mainstream and social media. Using emerging acting talent with more experienced actors, a freshness of performance is regularly achieved within these independently written and produced dramas. MERE MORTALS offers both monologues and dialogue pieces dealing with subject matter such as PTSD, early-onset Alzheimers, loss, poverty in 2017, abortion, online dating, sex-trafficking and religious radicalisation amongst other important issues. To cross the boundary between on-stage and digital theatre we’ll be presenting some of the productions on film as well as live performance. On behalf of the cast I sincerely hope you’ll come along to see MERE MORTALS and that you will take something positive the experience