REVIEW: Striker @ Write Now Festival, Actors Studio 13/04/11

The Write Now Festival 2011 kicks off this week from The Actors Studio, Liverpool. The city’s International One Act Play Festival is back after the success it achieved last year. With 8 new productions in a range of genres, there’s something for all the family. We sent our reviewer Saira Kewley along to check out Neil Walden’s Striker

“Write Now is about nurturing new writing, directing, technical and performing talent but above all it is about developing a platform of creative expression.” Write Now Festival Director, Ian Moore.

Striker, written by Neil Walden and directed by Matthew Bowden,  is loosely based on Moby Dick. It follows a young girl called Isabel (Kate Malpass) from Wallasey who seeks adventure and finds it aboard a Whaling ship skippered by Captain Astrid (Kate Benfield) set for Formby Bay to track down (Bradley Thompson) the four legged Striker and reap her revenge. However the Striker is much closer than either of them could have ever imagined.

The stage itself was covered in newspaper throughout, this is explained later on in the play. The only change was of props, with the steering wheel for the ship coming on and off. The costumes were also very simple but effective with Isabel in a one piece dungaree suit, she really does look like where she’s  going is better than where she coming from and Captain Astrid looks very regal in her faded green suit.

The stage play was really enjoyable, if you have not been to the Actors Studio before it’s quite small, this did not stop the performers, they used every bit of available space on and off the stage. For instance when the “Doctor” is pulled aboard he is plucked from the audience by lassoo! These parts were great and will make the kids laugh and keep them focused the play.

Tickets for the Write Now Festival go on sale from Friday 15 April and runs until the 23 April 2011, so get your tickets now, after the success of last year they will be selling fast.

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