Taking the Stage 2022 - Welcome To MineBy Francis Grin
Welcome to my Spanish home, my Netflix account, my Ralph Lauren dining table, my ageing pug, my tapas order, my heartbreak, my nervous mother, my belief systems and my neurosis, all of it mine… right? Laura and her mother, Grace, have been hit with the loss of Laura’s father. When Grace decides to sell the family home in Spain and move back to her hometown in the Netherlands, Laura feels torn. While she isn’t ready to let go of all those physical memories, she agrees to help her mother with the move. The trip must be done by car, as Grace’s pug isn’t able to travel by plane. With the help of family friend Michael, they journey from Spain to the Netherlands. But will a haze of fatigue, car sickness, travel arguments and a symptomatic pug, set Laura over the edge?
Francis Grin - Playwright & Dramaturg
Francis is a playwright and dramaturg based in Margate, Kent. She is originally Dutch but has been working in the UK since 2010. She completed her MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths and went on to work as the Literary Manager at the Finborough from 2012-2016. Her plays have been presented at theatres including Southwark Playhouse, The Vaults, The Space, The Bread & Roses, Soho Theatre and The Pleasance. She has been long-listed for The Papatango Prize, The BBC Writersroom Drama and The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. Francis has co-founded Mrs C’s Collective, an associate theatre company at The Space in the Isle of Dogs. The company launched a ‘Writers’ Collective’ which supported ten early career writers through a free online program throughout lockdown, as well as regular workshops, a monthly ‘Reading Room’ and a large virtual database which allows UK based creatives to easily connect.
Charlotte Everest – Director
Since training on Mountview’s MA in Theatre Directing, Charlotte Everest has directed internationally and assistant directed on numerous London productions. She has worked at theatres such as Theatre503, The King’s Head, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Old Red Lion and the Space. Charlotte is Artistic Director of Mrs C’s Collective, Associate Artist to director Kristine LandonSmith in theatre and film, often working with Kristine as assistant and researcher (National Youth Theatre, Park Theatre, RADA, East 15). From her work with Kristine, she likes to practice complicité and clowning within her process.