Category: 1. From Scratch


From Scratch: new musicals announced

From Scratch is back! And this time we’ve got jazz hands!


Well, while we can’t promise jazz hands (a bit cheesy these days?), we CAN promise an evening of spectacular new work. Our From Scratch series is dedicated to seeking out new work and performing it before an audience and a panel of selected industry experts. Each artist will benefit from a feedback session to assist and inspire the development process.


With just one week to go, we are thrilled to announce the line up for this month’s FROM SCRATCH featuring four new musicals from emerging artists:


The Dating Cycle

Music and lyrics by Verity Quade and Robert Archibald



Book & Lyrics by Ty Defoe and Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke


Our (plural) life (singular)

Music by Andy McGregor Lyrics by John Hamilton May


Table and Chair Take the Air

Music and lyrics by Trevor Bachman


With Musical Director James Taylor

Directed by Patrick Maubert


Tickets are now on sale for this one-off musical theatre event in the heart of the West End:


From Scratch will take place at The Phoenix Artist Club at 7pm on Wednesday 26th November.


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REVIEW: From Scratch

A Friend of A Friend Productions Presents “From Scratch”

Last night I went to a really interesting theatrical evening presented by A Friend of a Friend Productions called ‘From Scratch’ which showcased new writers using 5 short plays in a read-thru format.  Now, although I wasn’t there as a reviewer, I’m afraid the bug has got me and I have to put my thoughts and impressions into the written domain.  So, here goes:

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From Scratch: New Writing Short Plays

FROM SCRATCH playwright FROM SCRATCH panel Patrick



Thank you to all of you who attended the inaugural From Scratch last night. We had a great time, and we hope that you did too.


From Scratch is an event designed to encourage the development of new work, and both we and of the playwrights involved are grateful for your feedback.


Thanks for coming! And don’t forget to tweet us what you thought: @FOAF_Theatre #FromScratch


28th July: New Writing From Scratch

Five plays, five actors, and three theatre experts for just £4!

From Scratch is the event bringing new work in the Arts to Blackfriars. Every two months we will assemble emerging creatives and present their work before an audience and a panel of industry practitioners who will both give verbal feedback as well as lead a discussion that reflects the concerns and interests of our participants and audience. Together we will create an inspiring environment for creatives to utilise as a stepping stone between page and stage, strengthening our community’s professional relationships and partnerships.

The inaugural From Scratch casts the spotlight on new writing and short plays.

The Panel

Headshot Harper Ray Harper Ray is an award winning theatre maker notable for directing highly visual and immersive works, including the multi-award winning Muse of Fire (Shakespeares Globe). His last production was described as: “The best theatre experience ever!” – The Guardian

Harper is passionate about the emerging artists of great Britain and has numerous writing credits of his own. He recently worked on Bert and Dickie, a BBC period drama and wrote additional material for children’s musical, which was nominated for the 2012 DarkChart theatre award. Harper is currently directing two new works which explore famous plays from alternative perspectives for the Globe. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a 21st Century Leader with Battersea Arts Centre/Arts Council England and a professional Member of Directors Guild of Great Britain.

In the last two weeks he has been nominated for a Drum Award and a British Interactive Media Award.

Headshot Tamaryn Payne2Tamaryn Payne is a successful actress and voice artist working in commercial film, television, shorts and independent/fringe theatre.

She is most well known for her role as Annalise Appleton in Hollyoaks, and was recently featured in Aria Entertainment’s acclaimed production of Blood Wedding at the Courtyard Theatre.

In 2013 she appeared as Jenny Clarke in Vendetta, a feature film directed by Stephen Reynolds, and as Evie in the horror comedy Stalled directed by Christian James.

She is represented by Simon & How Associates.

Headshot Karlien van den BeukelDr Karlien van den Beukel is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director BA (Hons) Creative Writing in the Department of Culture Writing and Performance.

After her MA degree in English Literature at the University of Utrecht, Karlien completed her doctoral research on the influence of dance on modernist poetics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University.

Before joining London South Bank University, she worked at the BBC in Specialist Factual Arts programme making and in independent broadcast production.

Her research interests include modernist poetry and twentieth century dance, and digital poetics in translation.


The Plays


The Special Ones

Madness, misanthropy and Hegel’s ‘extraordinary man’ theory collide as two haters cruise our streets looking for fresh targets – people in shorts, those who speak in regional accents, cyclists… anyone, really: ‘Scum!’

Written by Richard Cabut



Tale Of Two Cities (When I Remember Pablo and Tour Guide)

Tale Of Two Cities is a study of what it means to live in a big city. These two monologues look at modern life in New York and London

Written by Anna Forsyth



Himself to Himself

Lynda and Charles find that their comfortable lifestyle is rocked when their next door neighbour turns out to be a serial killer…

Written by Steven Lancefield



Waterloo Bridge

Alan and Ann are secretly in love with each other. With the help of a drunk stranger, can they find their way back to each other?

Written by Carrie Walsh


Sex and Pyjamas

Every Saturday night Simon and Matthew end up in bed together. It’s just sex though. It doesn’t mean anything. Obviously. Until the pyjamas make their fateful appearance.

Is there really such a thing as friends with benefits?

Written by James Robert-Moore




The Cast


Headshot James Robert-Moore Headshot Kate Hume Headshot Philip Honeywell
James Kate Philip
Headshot Ashley Becket Headshot Verity Quade  
Ashley Verity  



From Scratch has been directed by Patrick Maubert


WHEN: Monday 28th July 7:30

WHERE: Nolia’s 11, 56 Stamford St, London SE1 9LX (map)


Tickets are limited, reserve in advance to avoid disappointment:




Meet the cast of From Scratch

We’ve got a fantastic cast lined up for tomorrow’s readings. They will be performing five short plays directed by Patrick Maubert at tomorrow evening’s From Scratch. Grab your tickets for the bumper bargain price of £4

The plays are:
Sex and Pyjamas by James Robert Moore
Special Ones by Richard Cabut
Waterloo Bridge by Carrie Walsh
Tales of 2 Cities by Anna Forsyth
Himself to Himself by Steven Lancefield


FROM SCRATCH  CAST Headshot Kate Hume

Kate Hume




FROM SCRATCH  CAST Headshot Philip Honeywell 
Philip Honeywell





James Robert-Moore



FROM SCRATCH CAST Headshot Ashley Becket

Ashley Beckett



FROM SCRATCH  CAST Headshot Verity Quade

Verity Quade



WHEN: Monday 28th July 7:30

WHERE: Nolia’s 11, 56 Stamford St, London SE1 9LX (map)


Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Tuesday 22nd July