Dove – a play by Sheila Yeger

Dove is a short play with a message of peace.

Sheila Yeger is a published playwright, poet, novelist and journalist. Sheila has written over 30 Theatre plays, including work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, Derby Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Colway Theatre Trust, Metro Theatre Company, The Soho Poly and The Orange Tree. She has also written for Television and has had three 90 minute plays and one 75 minute play produced on BBC Radio, as well as five short stories. Having lived in Israel, she now lives in the south west of England where she is a member of the progressive synagogue. She is a student of Jewish mysticism and teaches Jewish meditation.

Dove – a rehearsed reading . (1 hour and 18 minutes) CD available.

This rehearsed reading was directed by Roger Stennett.

Joe is played by Vincenzo Pellegrino.

Hanne is played by Pameli Benham.

Salma is played by Meg Whelan.

Roger Stennet: I  am a professional writer and a psychotherapist/hypnotherapist. I also write scripts for Theatre, Film, Television, Radio Drama, Radio Features and Animation. In addition I have published Poetry and Fiction. My work has been produced by companies such as the BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse and The Manchester Royal Exchange. I am also a director of an independent film/t.v company – “Hare In the Gate Films”.  I grew up in the world of The Variety Theatre and Pantomime. My father is comedian and actor, Stan Stennett.

Vincenzo Pellegrino is an English actor that was in the hospital drama Casualty from 1998-1999. In 2004 Pellgrino returned to television as Sid Rooney in The Story of Tracy Beaker.

Pameli Benham writes, directs, teaches and acts. Arriving in Bristol in 1997 she seized the opportunities in all these fields. She has directed all ages and numbers, from single actors to casts of 50, in straight plays, cabaret, opera and revue. Her most recent production was The Keith Ashton Experience for Theatre West’s autumn season of new writing. One of the spurs for forming Boil and Bubble Theatre Company was realising that her last three parts as an actor were all playing madwomen: one for ITV’s Afterlife series, one in Shirley Holmes and the Body in B Ward, and the sharp-eyed but demented grandmother in The House of Bernarda Alba. Interesting as these were, there is so much more to the lives of older people than this single aspect. In his poem Skin, Philip Larkin says to his face “You must learn your lines” – and older people have. Faces may be wrinkled, but minds can still be sharp. Pameli intends Boil and Bubble Theatre Company to explore people’s full and varied pasts and to celebrate the richness of their skilful and enthusiastic present.

Meg Whelan: Since studying theatre at Bristol University, Meg has worked extensively for a number of local companies. Her tours with BareBones Theatre include The Merchant of Venice, The Moonstone and The Government Inspector. Meg also adapted Don Quixote for the company. Her roles in new writing include Claire in Yada, Yada, Yada, The Monarch in DiSect and Clare in Seven and a Half Minutes of Happiness at the Bristol Old Vic, and Ann in The Power of Speech for Stepping Out Theatre. As well as her film and TV work, Meg is also involved in improvised story telling performances with Bristol Playback Theatre and, when she’s not performing herself, she encourages children and young people to do so with Theatre in Education projects run by her company, Kokopelli Theatre. Meg is greatly looking forward to being a woman-behaving-badly with Boil and Bubble.

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