The ‘Highly Recommended’ TWILIGHT THEATRE proudly presents
a new eco-thriller comedy-drama set in the all too near future
Written And Directed By Award Winning
Brighton Based Playwright Susanne Crosby
Fringe 2023 here we come.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re back with something completely different. An eco thriller, with some comedy, set in the not too distant future, in a world running out of energy… watch this space for more…
We were due to be at the Brighton Fringe this May, but sadly the Fringe has been postponed:
We are very sad that this has had to happen but of course we fully support the decision. We firmly anticipate bringing you our wonderful new play in the Autumn when the Fringe returns.
Until then, stay safe and look after yourselves and each other.
Yes we’ve gone quiet – I’ve not been taking a break so much as working intensely on other projects. I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream of directing two plays which I fell in love with at school aged 14: The Corn is Green, and Macbeth. I am hugely grateful to the Southwick Players who indulged my wanting to put on a play set in 1898 in Wales; and to Wick Theatre Company who indulged my Medieval vision of Macbeth in the round. Both were critical and popular hits: The Corn is Green won multiple Arts Council Awards and Macbeth received 4 stars from the Brighton Argus and “Wow!” from audience members.
I’ve also been in three other productions over the last 12 months: “Disappeared”, “The Tempest” and “Therese Raquin”. All three were fun and challenging (not necessarily in that order) and I’ve learned so much – as an actor, as a director, and producer.
Sometimes you have to step away in order to give yourself perspective. I have so many more theatrical ideas now to take Twilight Theatre forward through the year and plan for the future. So yes, we have been quiet, but the cogs are whirring. Check out more information, reviews and photos in the link below. Enjoy! Susanne
So we’re very excited about our next play, “Waiting for Curry”, which opens on 14 May and runs until 20 May, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.
This play premiered at the Hove Grown Festival in 2017 for two nights and was a big hit (see “Waiting for Curry” previous productions tab). It was sold out with people queuing for returns on the last night and people turned away because there was no room. Fringe Review called it “an excellent play” and classed it as “Highly Recommended”. So this year, with the support of the lovely people at Sweet Venues, we have a longer run in the hope that everyone who wants to see it can get in!
One of the bits of feedback we received over the premiere was that when the audience were packed out, it was harder for people at the back to see what was going on when the characters were sitting down. So, we have a new set. It’s set in two of the four character’s home, so we’ve imagined a breakfast bar situation, where everyone is on higher breakfast bar stools in advance of the curry that they are waiting to take delivery of. We know this staging will make sure that everyone, no matter where you sit, will be able to see everything.
But putting this together has not been without its challenges! All four of the original cast were asked to reprise their roles for this production and all of them agreed. However, with a seven night run, and a lot of rehearsals scheduled, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the two actresses to be part of it, due to family and other commitments. Then one of the actresses landed a role in a shorter run play but one that has the likelihood of becoming mainstream in West End – so both actresses in the end had to sadly pull out. Then, just before rehearsals were due to start, it was clear from being committed to 4 other productions, one of the original male members of the cast would not be able to perform in this either. We miss them and wish them all the luck in the world for their next ventures and no doubt (unless superstardom awaits) we will be working with them again.
Did this send us into a panic? Well, perhaps a little. But there brilliant thing about Twilight Theatre is the amount of talented actors and actresses that we already know and love, ones we know would be perfect for the roles, ones we can call on to ask could they possibly be available for a 7 night run for a brilliant play in the middle of the Brighton Fringe? Yes was the answer. With the writer / director filling the last remaining female role, cast, with 5 weeks to opening night, was set.
Of course with the writer / director (who is also an actress) now being in the play, someone else had to be brought in to co-direct, for perspective and assistance with portraying the overall vision. This is in the shape of the writer / director’s husband, himself an actor / writer / director, and this team is putting together a superb show with very talented actors.
Although as Susanne said: “It’s very odd being directed by your husband to play the role of another man’s wife…”
Waiting for Curry.
www.brightonfringe.org for tickets.
See you there!
“The Session” has been a big hit with audiences and critics. It’s the huge success we knew it would be. Thanks to the super talented cast and the really responsive audiences. It’s so fantastic to see the fruits of our labours being enjoyed!
So, we are mid way through the run, 2 nights performed, 2 to go. It’s been challenging getting people out over the long Easter weekend, but the audiences have loved that they made that choice.
Trying to work out which is the doctor and which is the patient has been fascinating for the audiences. Sometimes, just when you think you’ve worked it out, something else happens to make you doubt your decision…
Audience feedback so far:
“fantastic… so much so that I’m going again tonight”
“Loved it, very tense… wonderful writing”
“What an amazing, fantastic performance! A brilliantly written script and a very very talented cast. The venue really lends itself to this play and you are completely drawn in to everything happening on the stage. This is an absolute Must-See for everyone, I guarantee you will be glad you did.”
“I watched this little gem last night. It gets the old grey matter thinking. One not to miss. Written by the amazing Suse Crosby”
James Roy, from Meridian FM: “Wow. Cleverly written, brilliantly performed. “The Session” at the lovely intimate Sweet Dukebox Theatre. Get fully immersed in the action whilst trying to work out who is the Doctor and who is the Patient!”
Tickets for Susanne Crosby’s brand new play “The Session” are now on sale.
We at Twilight Theatre are so very excited about all of this.
“Two people in a locked room with one chair. One doctor, one patient – or are they? And who is who? Part thriller, part humour: they try to unravel what’s going on. Each tries to gain the upper hand through banter and even bickering, as if they are married. Sometimes witty; sometimes poignant; always surprising.”
Thursday 29th, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March & Sunday 1st April: 8.00 p.m.
Sweet Dukebox, The Southern Belle, Waterloo Street, Hove BN3 1AQ
£8 / £6 concessions 18+ due to licensing restrictions at the venue
Overwhelmed with the quality of the actors at the auditions for “The Session”, huge thanks to everyone we saw.
We are now cast! Super excited… watch this space for more news as we prepare this…
written and directed by Susanne Crosby
Two people in a locked room with one chair.
One doctor, one patient – or are they? And who is who?
Part thriller, part humour: they try to unravel what’s going on. Each tries to gain the upper hand through banter and even bickering, as if they are married.
Sometimes witty; sometimes poignant; always surprising.
Looking for solid character actors, one man one woman, to play the two leads characters Emma and Tom. Some physicality required in performance.
Looking for pragmatic and flexible actors to be part of creating these roles in an intimate theatre space.
This is a great opportunity to be part of creating unique theatre.
Playing age: 25-45.
The play is one act and is 50 minutes long.
This is an equal profit share opportunity.
Details of the Audition:
Please prepare a minimum 1 minute maximum 2 minutes modern off-book monologue which gives an idea of your emotional range.
You may also be asked to read a section of the script with others. You are not required to be off book for this. This will be given at the audition, however, if you would prefer to read it in advance of the audition please contact below.
Thursday 1st February, 7.45 pm
Sweet Dukebox Theatre, The Southern Belle (formerly the Iron Duke), 3 Waterloo Street, Hove BN3 1AQ
Rehearsals: will begin the following week, to be agreed with cast, some flexibility will be required.
Thursday 29th, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April: 8.00 – 9.00 pm.
at Sweet Dukebox, Hove.
Part of Hove Grown Festival.
If you have read all of the above and have any queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the audition!
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