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August 1, 2023

2023 Edinburgh Fringe Spotlight

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Concord Theatricals is excited to publish four award-winning plays making their way to the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival stage: Bullring Techno Makeout JamzDugsi DayzIt’s A Motherf**king Pleasure and One Way Out. Whether you’re searching for shows to add to your Fringe must-see list or playtexts to join the excitement from anywhere, check out these new titles.

Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz by Nathan Queeley-Dennis (UK)
(Dramatic comedy / 1 man)
Nathaniel is a serious romantic who sees love as a fine art. He’s looking for the Mona Lisa to his da Vinci, and tonight is the night: his date with Destiny…’s Child. Winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022, Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ debut play follows Nathaniel on his journey of self-discovery as he explores Black masculinity through Beyoncé lyrics, techno raves and the deeply intimate relationship a man has with his barber.

NATHAN QUEELEY-DENNIS is an actor and writer from Birmingham. Acting credits include As You Like It (@sohoplace); Black Love (Kiln Theatre); A Taste of Honey (National Theatre); Really Big and Really Loud (Paines Plough); Little Baby Jesus (Birmingham REP); Rebel Music (Middle Child); Pinocchio (Orange Tree Theatre) and Doctors (BBC). He is the overall winner of the 2022 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with his debut play Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz.

Dugsi Dayz by Sabrina Ali (UK)
(Drama / 4 women)
Detention on a Saturday? These four girls are keeping tight-lipped on why they’re there. When a power outage plunges them into darkness, the girls use subverted folktales to break the ice. As they delve into their stories, they discover parallels that may just lead to friendship. Winner of the 2023 Edinburgh Untapped Award, Sabrina Ali’s play is inspired by the film The Breakfast Club, a hilarious and authentic exploration of Somali, Muslim culture and female friendship.

SABRINA ALI is is a South West London-based writer and actor. She is driven by a passion for sharing authentic and representative stories, from her impressive stage debut in Side eYe’s HOME (2019) to her one-woman play Muna Knows It All (2021). Sabrina has regularly written herself into roles, aware of the lack of opportunities available for women of colour in theatre. Through this, she has consistently showcased her versatility and ability to connect with audiences through her acting, as well as her understanding of the untold stories that deserve space on stage.

It’s A Motherf**king Pleasure by FlawBored: Sam Brewer, Aarian Mehrabani, Chloe Palmer & Josh Roche (UK)
(Drama / 1 woman, 2 men)
Usually, disabled people just want to do the right thing. But what if they didn’t? What if they were out to make as much money as possible from the guilt of non-disabled, anxious people (like you)? In PR offie RIZE, blind talent manager Tim has worked out how to monetise disability. Together with wannabe blind influencer Ross and anxious HR manager Helen, he is determined to cash in on ‘Able Anxiety’. But their mission has unintended consequences, as it turns out that manipulating people’s desire to fit in is even easier than you think. Winner of the 2023 Edinburgh Untapped Award, The Stage describes the drama as “meticulously plotted and uncompromising satire.”

FLAWBORED is a multi-award winning disabled-led theatre company co-founded by Samuel Brewer, Aarian Mehrabani and Chloe Palmer. It’s A Motherf **king Pleasure is their debut show and aims to address complex and uncomfortable issues surrounding identity to which no one has the answers. FlawBored strives to make work that is challenging, funny and accessible.

One Way Out by Montel Douglas (UK)
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 4 men)
Can we determine our fate, or is there only one way out? This powerful drama by Montel Douglas explores young British Caribbeans’ experiences of the Windrush crisis. Four friends stand on the cusp of adulthood with ambitious goals ahead, but as they take their first steps toward independence, their lives are turned upside down. The young men must either follow the paths laid out for them or step off to help their friend in sudden need, a decision that may destroy their brotherhood as they know it. Winner of the 2023 Edinburgh Untapped Award.

MONTEL DOUGLAS is a playwright and performer from London. Douglas trained as an actor at Identity Drama School, Drama St Mary’s Twickenham & Theatre Peckham Rep 2019. One Way Out is his debut play, supported by the Talawa Theatre’s introduction to playwriting group (2022), Soho Writer’s lab (2022/23) & Royal Court introduction to playwriting group (2023). One Way Out was shortlisted for Pleasance Theatre Reserve Tryout (2023) & winner of the Untapped Award (2023).

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