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Wed 10 April 2019
Wed 1 May 2019
Mercury Studio Theatre

Join us for our Scratch Nights – quick fire acts showcasing fresh new material.

Scratch Nights contain a variety of performances including short plays, sketch comedy, film, poetry and spoken word.


Our second Scratch Night will take place on Wed 1 May featuring the work of under-represented artists.

The line up includes:

My Boy
by Sharon Raizada

Sharon Raizada is a playwright and teacher living in London, whose play Bitched was at Tristan Bates Theatre in 2017.
Sharon’s work has been supported and produced by Kali Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Oval House Theatre, ITV and BBC Radio 4.
She is a graduate of the Royal Court Invitation Studio Group and has worked on Emmerdale and CBeebies TV show Apple Tree House.


Research & Laila Pines for the Wolf
by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and now lives in London.
His plays include Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet, Love, Bombs and Apples and And Here I Am, which have toured throughout the UK, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.
Hassan has received the George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth and Pearson Theatre awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. Love, Bombs and Apples was the winner of outstanding production at Theatre Bay Area Awards 2018.


My Hair & A Selection of Poems
by Britny Virginia

Britny Virginia is a final year Creative Writing student at the University of Essex.
She aspires to be a director/producer of film and a writer of multiple mediums such as screenplays, poetry and inspirational books.
She was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a lot of her own experiences within her writing to encourage, inspire and spark conversation.


Music & Words
by Bellavie Lady Bee

Bellavie Lady Bee is an artist, singer, songwriter, performer and more; known as a hybrid of colourful, vibrant, decadent and avant-garde force.
Music & Words is a reflection of the many facets of identity.
Bellavie is a member of Outside Edge Theatre Company and has performed in Check in Check at the Vault Festival, Resisting and Resilient at the Arcola Theatre and as part of a scratch performance with the Humourisk Art Collective.



Our first Scratch Night took place on Wed 10 Apr featuring the work of artists based in Essex.

The line up included:

by Paul T. Davies & Harry Bowen

Paul T. Davies is a theatre maker, playwright, director and actor. He runs his own theatre company, Stage Write, based in Colchester. (

His plays include the critically acclaimed Living with Luke, (2014-present day), set in wrestling ring and featuring a father’s struggle to connect with his autistic son. The play has toured the UK and continues to be staged. Other plays include Play Something, (Edinburgh Fringe 2017, gaining a Drayton Arms Eddies nomination for best play, then performing at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London, 2018), Shedding Skin, (Mercury Theatre, Colchester),  Bury Me in Colchester Mud, a site specific piece about the Siege of Colchester during the Civil War, and Downtown, (Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.)

Jacky is a collaboration with local actor Harry Bowen, who is a wheelchair user, and will explore the world of Ballroom dancing and the importance of the late departed Scott Walker!  These are the initial scenes.


The Love Club
By Jenny Wills

Jenny was born in Essex and trained in acting at The Poor School. She has played varied parts recently, including Queen Elizabeth I, The Wicked Witch of The West and Brenda from accounts.  Jenny is new to writing and wrote The Love Club as part of ’28 Plays Later’, a writing challenge which involves writing a play a day for the month of February! Jenny won the 3 minute round of MonologueSlam at The Mercury Theatre and is delighted to be back here on stage.


Quirk Tales
By Martin Reed

Martin Reed has been performing and writing semi-professionally for a number of years. He has received an Arts Council grant and commercial contracts for children’s theatre productions. He has also done a fair amount of storytelling in schools. In addition, Martin has published poetry and, recently, a short story. His latest project ‘Quirk Tales’ combines his literary and performance interests. It consists of a number of linked storytellings/short stories for adults focusing on the quirkiness of human nature, on the ways in which somethings arise from the seeming nothingness which constitutes humanity’s core.


Flat 2B
By Chloe Atkinson

Chloe discovered her passion for writing during her time as a BA Drama and Literature student at the University of Essex. She has so far written three short plays, one of which has been staged at the Lakeside Theatre’s Studio on Essex campus. Chloe is also a freelance theatre practitioner for young people, and has been working at the Colchester branch of Pauline Quirke Academy for three years, recently taking up the roles of Comedy and Drama Tutor and Vice Principal. More recently, she has been involved with the Mercury’s Youth Theatre programme. Chloe is originally from Suffolk, but Colchester has been her home for the last four years.


The Hanged Man
By Danae Brook

Danae Brook is a journalist, author and playwright, working on newspapers and magazines in the UK and America. She has written three books, completed a Masters and MPhil on creative writing with the Department of Literature at Essex University and moved to Wivenhoe a year ago. She now co-hosts a writer’s group at her home, is completing a full length play about life in newspapers as they faced the threat of the internet and is finishing a trilogy on Making Art, of which The Hanged Man is one play. Its theme is how tricky personal relationships lead to great art, in this case the impoverished hedonist Francis Bacon, who spent the last 20 years of lis life living, working and drinking in Wivenhoe, had a young lover who committed suicide while Bacon was being feted at his first international exhibition in Paris. Now considered one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, the triptych Bacon painted after the tragedy, sold at Christies 4 years ago for over £60 million.

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