Neil Rathmell – writer

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WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?

I will be starting work soon on a new commission for CVIVArts, who have received a project grant from Arts Council England to develop ideas based on two previous projects, A Hunger Artist and Islands, for which I was also the writer.

The process will include two days exploring ideas at Left Bank Leeds, one of the venues where the finished work will be performed in 2021.

Left Bank Leeds, formerly a church, is now an arts centre

AWAY FROM IT ALL

Originally written for Leeds Pub Theatre, Away From It All was filmed and streamed online when Covid-19 restrictions made live performance impossible. The parts were played by Pam Hilton and Howard Russell.

DEATH BY ZOOM

Until indoor performance becomes possible again, writing work that can be performed in the open air or online is the new challenge. I’ve tried to rise to the challenge by writing a play to be performed on Zoom. Script and performing rights are available from Smithscripts. Click on the image for more information.

PETER AND THE NURSE

Finding myself at a loose end, as one often does these days, I remembered this monologue that I wrote a year or two ago and decided it was time to do something with it. So here I am, performing it myself.

ISLANDS

Initially commissioned specifically for performance on Zoom in response to the restrictions placed on live theatre during lockdown, Islands seems to be mutating in rehearsal with even more creative vigour than the virus itself!

I can’t wait to see it in its final form.

MUGGINS

Originally written for outdoor performance by In Transit, a young people’s theatre company, Muggins is now available from Smithscripts and might help to keep things moving until indoor performance becomes possible again.

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A HUNGER ARTIST

I was commissioned last year by a performance art company called CVIVArts to write two monologues for a dramatisation of this short story by Franz Kafka. The production is currently on tour and getting very positive audience feedback. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself for the first time at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, on 21 March.

 

“Very powerful, visceral piece.”

“Beautiful performance, was captivated throughout.”

 

 

SMITHSCRIPTS

Scripts and performance rights for three of my plays are now available from Smithscripts.

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UNSPOKEN

 

Photograph by Simon Vail

 

How do you tell someone you love them if you can’t find the words?

 

My play about stammering, written in collaboration with speech and language therapist, Dr Trudy Stewart, with help and advice from people who stammer.

 

A new production of Unspoken was performed at The Old Schoolhouse, Oxford, 22-26 October 2019, directed by Alexandra Coke for BMH Productions.

 

REVENGE OF THE SEA GOD

 

Prague Youth Theatre’s production of Revenge of the Sea God, my play for young actors based on Homer’s Odyssey, was performed in Prague in June 2019.

 

Photo courtesy of Allegra d’Amore

 

 

 

 

 

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