Chloe Todd-Fordham- ‘Tapestry’
Bruntwood Prize Judges Award winner, Chloe Todd-Fordham showcases her brand new play ‘Tapestry’ written especially for our festival.
For pensioners Mich, Jan and Doris, the Leyton Widows Talk and Sew has been a regular Tuesday afternoon fixture for the last 25 years, a safe haven to talk about everything under the sun from the menopause to Donald Trump to God. But with health problems looming for Doris, and cuts to the council threatening the group’s closure altogether, the pressure is on to keep this self-made all-female community space alive. When a new younger arrival turns up one Tuesday, jealousies begin to take seed and friendships start to crack. A story of interwoven stories about friendship, community, love, age, grief and female solidarity.
Chloe Todd Fordham
Chloe is an award-winning playwright from London. Her play SOUND OF SILENCE won a Bruntwood Prize Judges Award in 2015. Her play THE NEXT GENERATION was shortlisted for the 2017 Writers in Theatre Award, run by Out of Joint.
Her first play LAND'S END was developed while studying at Goldsmiths University and through the Arcola's inaugural PlayWROUGHT festival, and was later shortlisted for Theatre503's Playwriting Award in 2014.
Short plays include: THE NIGHTCLUB (published in Women Centre Stage (Nick Hern Books); performed as part of Acts of Defiance Festival at Theatre503 and Sphinx's Women Centre Stage Festival at Hampstead Theatre), PLAY 9 (for PLAY Theatre Company, Vault Festival), CHICKEN AND CHIPS, part of ELEXION (Theatre503).
Her co-writing credits include AND OTHERS, a collaboration with Stewart Pringle, Jenny Sealey and Dr Susan Croft, which was staged as a reading at the National Theatre's Courage Everywhere Festival in 2018, and at Rose Bruford in 2019. Chloe is a graduate of the 503Five, Theatre503's writer residency scheme and has attended the Kenyon College Playwrights Conference in Ohio (supported by Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange). She has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University. As a dramaturg she has worked with writers at Graeae, The Royal Court, Talawa, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Theatre503.
Yasmeen Arden is Artistic Director at Small Truth Theatre. Yasmeen’s recent production of Nest by Katy Warner, was described as 'one of the highlights' of Vault Festival 2018 and Aleks Sierz said of her production of Caterpillar at Theatre503 and Stephen Joseph Theatre “the standards of writing, directing, design and acting are uniformly very high. Most of all, however, this is a great story brilliantly told”, it gained an Off Westend Award nomination and was selected as a Reader’s Favourite of 2018 in The Guardian. Most recently, she collaborated to create the Kensington Karavan a micro theatre festival in a retro caravan on the streets of Portobello Market.
Directing credits include The award winning The Three Sillies Arcola Theatre/Somersault/Tour, Poking The Bear by Chris Bush, Elexion by Chloe Todd Fordham Theatre503, Over The Hill There’s Something Better by Sharon Clarke New Diorama, Dead Yard by Matthew Turner (Playwrought/LAB) Arcola, We are Beautiful by Brian Eley Catalyst Festival, as well as sight specific work such as On The Line by Aled Pedrick Ivy House/Merge Festival/Platform Southwark and The Unfortunates on the streets of Watford for Watford Palace Theatre. Yasmeen recently directed Christopher Hogg for his TEDx Talk.