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26 July at 7:00 pm 9:30 pm


Four actors and a director will work with the writers of three long listed scripts submitted to the Power Plays competition to bring their play to life to a script-in-hand read through.

The Seagull Has Landed by Michael Davies

SYNOPSIS: Blackpool’s North Pier is a magnet. It draws locals, regular tourists and first-time visitors alike. And seagulls. So it’s no surprise to find three disparate people from very different backgrounds contemplating their lives on the pier one sunny afternoon. It is a bit weirder to find a seagull as their therapist. As they trade ideas, experiences and the occasional bit of Aristotelian narrative theory, their colliding views are brought into sharp focus by the seagull, who brings a literal bird’s eye perspective to their entrenched opinions. But can a surreal, absurdist intervention really change the power dynamics in a world that’s already difficult to navigate? 

The Dreamer by Jake Cillian Wolf

SYNOPSIS: Set on Central Pier, Blackpool and Miami Beach, Florida, the play explores the challenges of growing up as a non-binary person in Blackpool and searching for answers to life’s bigger questions: Friends navigate their relationship after a failed romance; siblings try to comfort one another during the difficult reality of their mother’s battle with cancer; and yearning for another reality provokes a strange and surreal adventure.

The Queen of the Sun by Leah Philbin

SYNOPSIS: Sarah, a former local returns to Blackpool burdened by a very big secret. Whilst being followed by an unseen assailant, she finds sanctuary in a place which she’d long turned her back on, forcing her to reflect on the mistakes she has made in the pursuit of a better life and compelling her to realise that true happiness could be found closer to home. The play celebrates the vibrant and inclusive LGBTQ+ community within Blackpool, exploring themes such as inequality, oppression, nostalgia, aspiration, gender identity and redemption. Particularly focusing on the barriers faced by someone trying to ignite personal and social change.


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Scratch Plays | 26/07
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About Michael Davies

Michael abandoned a successful career as a newspaper editor to write fiction. His debut play Rasputin’s Mother won the Bristol Old Vic playwriting competition and subsequent work for the stage includes MacHamLear (UK tour), Reality (Royal & Derngate) and the book and lyrics for Tess – The Musical (workshopped at the RSC). He has written narrative non-fiction for worldwide television, had short stories and poetry commissioned and published, and contributes regular essays for theatre programmes. As an author, Michael completed Desmond Bagley’s thriller Domino Island for posthumous publication and his written two sequels, Outback and Thin Ice, both published by HarperCollins.


About Jake Cillian Wolf

Jake is currently pursuing an MFA in acting at East 15 Acting Conservatory having moved to London in 2023. They received a BA in theatre at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa,, after spending ten years living in Oahu, Hawai’i, as an active member of the island’s theatre community. Jake is non-binary/transmasculine, and likes making theatre which tells LGBTQIA+ stories.

About Leah Philbin

Leah is a playwright from Nottingham and has been writing, in one form or another, for most of her life. Her work has previously been included in the 37 Plays Festival at the Theatre Royal Nottingham and she was recently shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize. She is motivated to tell thought-provoking stories which provide social commentary, particularly relating to inequality and social injustice. She can usually be found writing in her garden, surrounded by her dog and many cats.