THE PROCESSING ROOM
An unearthly comedy

You think you know who you are? Wait until you get to the processing room...

Eye of The Storm Theatre Company
in association with Hooh Hah Theatre Company

Elizabeth's short play The Processing Room was presented at Pure Blue, Printworks, Manchester as part of the Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival (23-29 July 2007)

Three women, separately lost in a hospital, end up together in a strange, indeed unearthly room, and discover something shocking about themselves...

Something like one of JB Priestley's time plays, a meditation on whether we can ever have any influence over our destinies. ... a stylised and slickly choreographed production of a thought-provoking comedy - UK Theatre Network

Playing creatively with the idea of the different stages of life and death, the play raised some interesting ideas and also employed a clever use of movement - Manchester Confidential

Fascinating piece ... thought-provoking - Manchester Evening News

Click for Elizabeth's blog posts charting her progress as she got a company together and produced the show.


Eye of the Storm is the revolving company which has produced Elizabeth's short plays for 24:7 Theatre Festival. In the first year of the festival, 2004, the company produced O'Leary's Daughters, a festival hit, which was directed by Rhonwen McCormack and starred Amanda Hennessy, Ava Burton and Lynn Roden. The following year Susan Twist directed Drinks With Natalie, a monologue which Elizabeth performed herself. The company for The Processing Room was as follows:

DIRECTOR: TRACY GENTLES. Artistic Director of Hooh Hah Theatre Company which is currently resident at Manchester's Green Room. She teaches Media and Performance at Salford University

ACTORS (and their biographies at the time of the production):

MARY-ANN COBURN
Mary-Ann has worked with major rep and touring theatre companies including Glasgow Citizens, Manchester LibraryTheatre and 7:84 Scotland. Her TV credits include Coronation Street, Playing the Field. and STV''s Garnock Way.She is a 24:7 veteran and this year also appears in Comedy Mouthwash.
  PAULA WILLIAMSON
Paula graduated from MMU School of Theatre in 2005. During her time theere she discovered a love of comedy performance, and went on to form her own comedy theatre company, Yappo. A versatile performer, she has worked professionally in radio, theatre and film. This is her first performance for 24:7 and she is honoured and excited to be part of it!
STEPHANIE RIDINGS
Stephanie has performed in theatres across the region and nationally and her television credits include CoronationStreet and Clocking Off. After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire she established a children's theatre company and school, and is a founding member of touring theatre company Angel Club.
  RACHAEL CARNEGIE
Rachael is a new graduate of Salford University Media and Performance. Born in Belfast, she comes from a family of actors, writers and musicians, and has worked in radio and theatre for most of her life. She teaches occasionally during the summers at her parents' drama school for children in Northern Ireland.

 

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