In line with government advice, we have decided to close the ABR office for the time being - but all of us will be working from home and will be available on the phone and on email to continue to provide any support you might need during office hours. Please continue to call the office number as normal.
This is a difficult time for everyone in the entertainment business, particularly for those working in the freelance sector. We will just have to hope that this will pass quickly and that we can return to normality soon.
In the meantime, why not read some of our scripts?
When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet in a graveyard, they could never have imagined how their lives would merge. An innocent coffee leads to a bike ride through the Yorkshire dales, which in turn leads to a tandem ride across Europe to Florence. All seems set for a budding romance, but the date is June 23rd 2016, and Don and Carol are on the opposite...
Sheila's Island is a new comedy written by Tim Firth, and is a fresh take on his hit play Neville's Island. Directed by Joanna Read and starring Judy Flynn as Sheila, the play runs from 21st to 30th May at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and will then tour the UK.
Bonfire night 2019 and Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend. Somehow, Marketing Manager Sheila has been nominated team leader, and, using her cryptic crossword solving skills, has unwittingly stranded her team on an island in the Lake District.
As the mobile batteries die, and cold and hunger take over, our intrepid heroines find themselves called on to manufacture escape routes using cable ties and spatulas, and create a rescue flag with plastic plates and a toasting fork.
Is it possible to build an adequate night shelter with a prom dress and a sleeveless jumper?
Is there an I in Team? And do endless verses of Kumbaya really kee...
Mick and Dennis have seen it all and done it all. From airport runs, taking pets to the vet, and delivering babies, it’s all in a day’s work for the local taxi firm. But with Uber on the block Mick and Dennis’ jobs are under threat.
Hop in as these Northern powerhouses fight to survive. The meter is running in this hilarious new comedy by John Godber.
When Argyll landowner Mrs Puntila is drunk, she's a generous and kind-hearted boss who convinces everyone they can have a bright future under her wing. When she's sober, she's a cruel and greedy tyrant. Behind the scenes, her shrewd chauffeur Matti irons out her drunken mishaps while pursuing a hopeless romance with her already-spoken-for daughter Eva.
Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by award-winning novelist and playwright Denise Mina (The Detective Alex Morrow, Garnethill and Paddy Meehan series).
We are delighted to share that the National Theatre's latest season announcement features two of our clients, Emma Rice and Emlyn Williams.
Emma Rice will be adapting Emily Brontë’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights in what will be a co-production with her company Wise Children, and York Theatre Royal, also touring to locations including Salford, Canterbury, York and Bristol.
Rice said: “I loved Wuthering Heights with a passion as a teenager. I thought it was a love story, a wild romance. I now find little love within its pages, but these multi-layered readings are what makes it such a fascinating story. My Wuthering Heights promises to be a revenge tragedy for our time - but it will also be about hope. I want to wrestle hatred to the earth and let a new story grow.”
Emlyn Williams's The Corn is Green will receive its first London revival in 35 years, with Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax, Spooks, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) leading the cast. D...
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is about to embark on a second national tour, following its critically-acclaimed and sold out run in 2018.
Guy Unsworth's adaptation is based on the TV series by Raymond Allen, and stars Joe Pasquale as the loveable, accident-prone Frank Spencer. The original series ran for 22 episodes and reached a peak audience of 25 million across 60 countries.
The tour begins on 26th February at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, and ends on 18th July at the Southend Palace Theatre. Further dates and booking details can be found on their website.
Continuing his long-standing collaboration with Cathy Marston, Edward Kemp's most recent project is Dances at a Gathering/The Cellist at the Royal Opera House. These are two works performed together, following the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
The ballet opened on 17th February and runs until 4th March. Find out more here.
A gripping portrait of life in wartime Berlin and a vividly theatrical study of how paranoia can warp a society gripped by the fear of the night-time knock on the door.
Based on true events, Hans Fallada’s Alone In Berlin follows a quietly courageous couple, Otto and Anna Quangel who, in dealing with their own heartbreak, stand up to the brutal reality of the Nazi regime. With the smallest of acts, they defy Hitler’s rule with extraordinary bravery, facing the gravest of consequences.
Translated and Adapted by Alistair Beaton (Feelgood, The Trial Of Tony Blair) and directed by Artistic Director James Dacre (Our Lady Of Kibeho, The Pope) this timely story of the moral power of personal resistance sees the Gestapo launch a massive hunt for the perpetrators and Otto and Anna finding themselves players in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
A ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH OXFORD PLAYHOUSE