Fresh From the Island

Two plays selected for New Works Festival at Kings Playhouse

Brynn Cutcliffe

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) have announced the play selections for this year’s Fresh From the Island New Works Festival. The selected plays are The Weatherman by Brynn Cutcliffe, and Elmsdale by Kristian Williams.

The Festival will run from October 19–22 at the Playhouse in Georgetown. Each playwright will work with a professional dramaturge and professional actors to further develop their scripts, and their plays will be read aloud to a live audience at staged readings on October 22 at 11 am. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. The canteen and bar will be open for service. 

Brynn Cutcliffe is a playwright, director, performer, and graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. Her plays include The Prick (Island Fringe Festival, 2023 PARC Award winner, and Patron’s Pick), Making Merry (Smile Theatre), 33,000 ft (blue: an art pop-up), and Wild Card (Island Fringe Festival, 2018 PARC Award winner). Cutcliffe created The Extraordinary Humans’ Hall of Extraordinary Humanness with Theatre Foolscap, an interactive theatre experience delivered through the mail. Her one-woman show, Waiting for Her, was the 2023 winner of Toronto Fringe’s 24 Hour Playwriting Contest. Her current comedy, The Weatherman, was recently workshopped in Charlottetown. 

Kristian Williams

Kristian Williams lives, works, and writes in Charlottetown, PEI. His realist plays take inspiration from small towns, the working class, and dying industries. After studying English Literature in Victoria, BC, he moved to Europe where he studied wine and photography. His passion for the theatre starts and ends with its acceptance of anyone with a story to tell.

Kings Playhouse will also be assisting in the development of a new work by Scott Parsons, And The Land Rested From the Wa, as part of the legacy projects for Remembrance Week in November.