Category: . Who’s Who


Introducing: playwright Aysha Scott

As October approaches, and we prepare for the start of ANOTHER DAY, we continue to introduce the playwrights involved. Today it’s the turn of London South Bank University BA (Hons) Creative Writing graduate, Aysha Scott.

Aysha, you have just recently completed your undergraduate degree in Creative Writing – did you always want to be a playwright?

Aysha Scott Another Day Blackfriars headshot playwrightEver since a young age I had the desire to be a writer. In my early writing practice I discovered a love for poetry and later went on to pen two poetry collections Life and Words from a Woman’s Heart. In my early twenties I expanded on my passion for writing and went on to pursue a career in acting; I trained at the Anna Scher Theatre School and was lucky enough to secure varied acting roles in TV/Film and Theatre. Some of the productions included a feature role in Breach webseries, ITV Daybreak Promo, Actimel Danone Campaign, DAARSAT commercial and Oliver Twist theatre production to name a few.

So what was the deciding factor in choosing between writing and performing?

After having my son a few years later and being tired of the typecast and limited roles for black actors I diverted back to my writing career. This time using my knowledge and skills obtained in the industry to become a scriptwriter specialising in hard hitting urban, message-based dramas in TV, Film and Theatre productions.

I met Friend of a Friend during my final year at university. Patrick and Susanna came along to one of our lectures to chat to us about the opportunity to be a part of Another Day and I was delighted when the team welcomed me on board.

ANOTHER DAY is deeply rooted in people’s experiences of SE1 and the area surrounding the Blackfriars Road, tell us about your experiences.

Studying at London South Bank University for three years I regularly commuted to Elephant and Castle. I would often explore the surrounding areas such as South Bank, Blackfriars and Waterloo and visited tourist attractions such as The Shard and London Eye. I found them both to be invigorating experiences and I was able to view the London from a panoramic view. It gave me a new perspective of the vibrant city that we often miss when on our daily travels.

And so what’s next for you?

I have co-wrote and currently producing a short film called RESIDENTIAL, based on the tragic consequences of gangland street life and crime. On completion of Residential I am seeking to produce my feature screenplay ABSENT, based on the psychological effects of absent and single parenting. I am also hoping to secure a working title as a Development Executive to further expand on my professional experience and writing career. Since graduating from university with a 2.1 Honours in Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, I have been awarded the Course Directors’ prize for Creative Writing.

Congratulations, Aysha! That’s a fantastic achievement, and we’re delighted to have you on board.

To keep in touch with Aysha’s work, you can follow her on Twitter: @ayshascott
Or check out her short films on Youtube:


Introducing: playwright Lucy Beacon

As part of our BLACKFRIARS STORIES project, we’re working with a hot team of emerging playwrights who will be writing the short plays that will form our Autumn production ANOTHER DAY. We’re keen to introduce the playwrights to you, so we’re kicking off with the delightful Lucy Beacon.

So, Lucy, how did you end up becoming a part of ANOTHER DAY?

I wrote a short play called ‘Rostov’ which was chosen for last Lucy Beacon playwright headshotyear’s Theatre Breaks festival in Camden, and AFOAF was involved in that festival too. I’m interested in the use of pre-recorded spoken word in theatre, and Ice Cream (by Mark Abbey) used some in a particularly inventive way. I got chatting backstage to the director, Patrick, about the audio and how he’d used it to get round a difficult staging issue. He introduced me to the rest of AFOAF, and they were all so lovely that when an opportunity arose for me to work with them, I jumped at the chance!

What have you been up to since then?

Since the Theatre Breaks festival I’ve had a couple of short plays produced. The first was for Lost Theatre’s ‘Five Minute Festival’ in which I had a comedy called ‘The Pudding Club’. It was set in a maternity clinic and featured one man, two women and a whole lot of trouble! I was delighted when it won the judges’ vote for best piece of the evening. I also had a play, ‘Trap Doors’, on at the Bush Theatre’s ‘Ambush’ evening earlier this year. It was a real honour to have my play performed on that stage as it’s the theatre that inspired me to start writing drama.

You’re a busy bee! What is it that inspired you to write in the first place?

I always wanted to write but it took hitting 40 and a mini midlife-crisis to actually get me to sit down and do it. I love theatre and so writing drama was the natural choice for me. I’ve worked in the music industry most of my life and so that’s a passion for me too. Perhaps I could put both of those elements together and write a musical one day!

So what’s your process when you’re working on a new play?

As I’m quite busy, I find it useful to ‘write’ in my head before I put it down on paper. It’s a good way to work as I usually know at least sections of the play before I start. I try to write both the beginning and end of the play before I sit down to type – the middle sections usually happen at the computer. My favourite place to write is on the bus. I love listening to snippets of conversations as people step on and off public transport. There’s something about getting only part of a story that fires the imagination much more than hearing it all.

As you know, ANOTHER DAY is all about life in Blackfriars. We’d love to hear some of your own experiences….

Although I’m not a Southwark resident, I worked in the area briefly and my sister is still based here. I’ve spent a good deal of time in Southwark over the last twenty years and it has always felt like a creative area. As well as going to the more established creative hubs of theatres and galleries, I’ve stumbled across impromptu drama on the streets, and been to innovative music venues. It’s a great place.

I’ve always loved it down by the river in this part of London. The view both upstream and downstream is stunning – especially at night. I love people watchingand the riverside is a perfect place to take a seat and watch the world go by. I’ve really enjoyed researching the historical details of the area as part of Another Day – both the recent history and that of previous centuries.


Lucy has written ‘Ribbons’ as part of ANOTHER DAY.

You can follow Lucy on Twitter: @lucybeacon


The Panther And the Firebird

Here at A Friend of a Friend, we love to support our fellow artists, which is why we are so excited to tell you that our beautiful friend Colette Padovani‘s book The Panther and the Firebird is free on Kindle today only!

We’ve read it and we LOVE it: a troubled artist, seduction and the backdrop of a debauched Parisien underworld. What’s not to love?


Grab the “warts ‘n’ all first edition” Colette’s book for free today on Kindle:



Out with the old…..


Look closely because it’s time to say goodbye to the old logo with its spray painted box…… and hello to our sexy new logo!


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We are incredibly excited to reveal our new logo courtesy of the wonderfully talented Christopher Jay Designs who is working with A Friend of a Friend Productions this year.

We love how he was able to take our ramblings about supporting new artists, tight knit communities and a no nonsense attitude, and came up with this monochrome crowd motif.

As well as our awesome new logo, Chris has already been hard at work creating the branding for our slick new look, and streamlining the design for our 2014 Season – including the main event, site specific production Another Day.


Watch this space to see more from Christopher Jay Designs for A Friend of a Friend – there’s plenty more to come!



#whatsyourstory: Patrick

PatrickAs part of our #whatsyourstory campaign towards the BLACKFRIARS STORIES events programme with Southwark Council in 2014, our Associate Artistic Director, Patrick Maubert, shares a memory of Blackfriars.

My tale from the Blackfriars Mile comes from a fairly awkward first date.
I had recently tried my hand at the silliness that is Tindr… I felt I needed a stupid distraction from my typical routine.
I met a cute chap…4 years my junior, and hoped to have a nice dinner, quick drink and perhaps a rerouting to my bedroom. It was to be all very easy, breezy and casual. Aren’t most first dates these days? Apparently not:

Midway through our enchiladas at Blackfriars’ own Picante, it became quite clear he and I had as much in common as chalk and cheesy nachos. Not only that, it was evident this lovely young chap was going to be a gentleman and not agree to that wistful rendezvous without some serious strings.

As I am a man of honour and integrity, I told him I didn’t see a future with us (per se) but would he like to come back to mine to finish the night in more physical terms?
Miraculously, he agreed! But first a nightcap at the Blackfriars Wine Bar. Success!

The walk over the bridge must have allowed the cold, hard facts to be absorbed and it was apparent the energy and mood had turned sour as we settled into a cozy booth. In a cruel twist of fate, we found ourselves starring at another couple.
Their mood had most certainly NOT soured as they were entangled within each other’s passion in a sloppy, frantic make-out sesh. Their eyes Blackfriars bridgeunashamedly met ours as they boasted they were on a fabulous first date. My Mr. Tindr chirped in that we were as well. He then thought it was high time he unmasked my unsavory intentions to our first-date comrades.

She, our neighbour in the broadest Brisbane brogue:
“What?! So he thinks he can wine, dine and ROOT ya?” she queried
“Apparently so. I was so hopeful this time around,” he cried with disappointment

At this point, the lesbians in the corner piped in with similar disgusted daggers being shot through eyes and words.

I became the most unpopular dick-head in Blackfriars, and quite possibly London proving that you simply cannot have your cake and eat it too…