Chester Literature Festival

Chester Literature Festival

23/10/10 - 31/10/10

Venue: The Forum Studio Theatre

The Forum Studio Theatre is proud to host a number of performances from the Chester Literature Festival.

Action Transport Theatre, one of the leading new writing companies in the UK, presents 5 new plays, 9 writers, 31 actors and an incredible theatrical experience for you.

Saturday 23rd October
2.30 pm & 7.30 pm
Four for the Port - Four brand new short plays by Janine Atkin, Jo Bell, Maisie Linford and Rob Ward. Performed by a company of young actors.

Friday 29th October
7.30 pm
12 Miles from Nowhere
by Sarah Calver, Doug Crossley, Kevin Dyer, Freddie Machin and Ben Worth.
A script-in-hand performance and after show talk back about life, death and a pig named after Paul McCartney.

Brave, innovative and breaking new ground
Northern Echo Review, Viv Hardwick on My Mother Told Me Not to Stare, February 2010.

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The Shell Chester Literature Festival presents

Saturday 30th October
Rohan McCullough
The Tale of Beatrix Potter
7.30 pm
Beatrix Potter's life began in the high summer of Victorian England and ended as Hitler's bombs rained down on London. She escaped into her imagination in order to flee from the constraints of a well-to-do family home, only finding true happiness in love in her middle years. This story of an extraordinary woman is highlighted by extracts from some of her best loved tales.
Based on Beatrix Potter's diaries, Rohan McCullough takes us on an enchanting journey through the storyteller's life, from her solitary childhood and conflicts with her parents, to the success of Peter Rabbit and an unlikely but happy marriage.

Sunday 31st October
Rohan McCullough in
Hugh Whitemore's My Darling Clemmie
Followed by a question and answer session with Hugh Whitemore
2.30 pm
Rohan returns for a moving performance in a remarkable play by one of our foremost dramatists. My Darling Clemmie, written for Rohan, tells the moving story of the woman who married Churchill, "the Guardian Angel of our country's guardian". Following this performance, in a rare festival appearance, Hugh Whitemore will answer questions from the audience about the art and science of playwriting and how he has come to be so closely associated with writing about Winston Churchill.

Rohan has won Best Drama Awards at the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals for her one-woman shows and has also performed to great acclaim at Stratford and London.

Hugh Whitemore has won many awards for his work, which include The Gathering Storm, Into the Storm and Breaking the Code and adaptations for stage and screen such as My House in Umbria and 84 Charing Cross Road.

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