Last month, at the Winchester Writers Festival, I finally found a group of people who understood my fetish for stationery. (You'd be surprised how many writers suffer from the same obsession.) I was immediately drawn to Amanda Staples, not least because of her good fortune in being named after a standard office supply item and large stationery retailer. We bonded over conversations about paperclips, notebooks and pens and talked a bit about writing too.
Amanda exudes energy and is clearly talented so it came as no surprise to me to hear her new play, WESTON ON A SUNDAY, will be staged in Croydon next month. This isn't the first play she's written. She told me, "I've written a couple of other, frankly dire, short plays previously (practice plays I call them) and most recently a full length play called Book Club Support Group which would be nice to see on the stage one day."
Weston on a Sunday won an award in the Segora One Act Play writing competition last year and this performance will be the first (and we hope not the last).
Amanda first write this bittersweet comedy ten years ago when her late grandmother was struggling with Alzheimers disesase. The play is about dementia sufferer, Peggy, whose house is for sale because she is going into a care home. She mistakes a home-viewer for her daughter. Through this interaction and those with her neighbour and son we experience the tragi-comic effects of Alzheimer's disease. The Pigeon Collective and Amanda jointly decided this first performance should be a fundraiser for Alzheimers Society. So, if you are around Croydon and free on 19th August book online at www.tickettext.co.uk/theatreutopia.