Mercury Reads – Lightning In May
Sit back, put your feet up and listen to brand new plays being read for the very first time, from the comfort of your own home.
We’re thrilled to be able to continue to tell stories and engage artists while our theatres are dark.
Each month we’re presenting readings of fresh new writing from some of the east of England’s most exciting wordsmiths.
Streamed live via ZOOM, you can listen and take part in a Q&A with the writers and actors involved.
LIGHTNING IN MAY
Ava Pickett and Ethan Moorhouse
Directed by Emma Baggott
Meet May. She’s from ‘Crackton-on-sea’ and has just been dumped. Again. Fighting to contain her fury, May begins to unravel and god help anyone who gets in her way.
Ava Pickett’s and Ethan Moorhouse’s blistering new play uses rage and rhyme to expose the effects of economic decline and rising inequality on our forgotten seaside towns.
Ava Pickett is from Clacton-On-Sea. She graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018, she is also Soho Theatre Writers Lab Alumni. Recent acting credits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (UK Tour) Copper and Steel (The Bunker Theatre). She is represented by Curtis Brown and has a number of screen projects in development and is the writer of BBC Radio 4 comedy Roots starring Vicky McClure.
Ethan Moorhouse, is from Steeple Bumpstead. He recently graduated from LAMDA in 2019. He is an actor and writer from who recently starred in Peter Pan Goes Wrong with Mischief Theatre.
Emma Baggott is a theatre director and teacher originally from Wales and now based in London. She trained at Goldsmiths and at the Young Vic. Emma’s work reflects current discourse it is her aim to make work which leaves the audiences changed. She believes she has a responsibility to contribute to the world she inhabits and address the state of society she occupies.
Directing: Misfits (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Leaving, (The Bunker), How To Kill Your Mother, (The Bunker), Stiletto Beach (Queens Theatre Hornchurch) Though She Be But Little She is Fierce (The Swirl, RSC), The Interview (The Biscuit Factory), Copper & Steel (The Bunker), Normal (Styx), The H Word (Shoreditch Arts Club), 10 Scenes for Women (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Scan Artists (The Round House/The Yard), Balloons (Redbridge Drama Centre).
Associate/Assistant Directing: As You Like It (RSC, Barbican, UK Tour), The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East), This House (Headlong, UK Tour), Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse), McQueen (Theatre Royal Haymarket), City Stories (St James Theatre Studio), McQueen (St James Theatre), The Sound of Yellow (Young Vic), Tangent (New Diorama), One for the Road/Victoria Station (Print Room & Young Vic).
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