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In Conversation with Christopher Ritchie

Award-winning horror writer Christopher Ritchie takes you into a world of fear, darkness and raw terror. In this revealing interview with Juliette Foster he explains what makes the horror genre special, how Steven King influenced his work and why he enjoys scaring people!
Juliet Gilkes Romero’s Day of the Living is one of two plays in the book Making Mischief, which explores the global issues of truth, corruption and freedom. Day of the Living is the true story of forty-three teacher training students who were violently abducted from Ayotzinapa Mexico in 2014. They were never seen again and no one was brought to justice. The play is an anarchic, musical tribute to life and the Mexican spirit with urgent global issues at its heart. Day of the Living was inspired by the fight for justice for the missing students and the thousands of murdered and disappeared in Mexico. We Are Arrested, an adaptation of the magnificent novel by Can Dundar, is the second play in the book. The plays were part of the RSC's (Royal Shakespeare Company) 2018 Mischief Festival.    
4.5 rating
"A play that burns with a plea for justice and gives a powerful, haunting voice to the victims of brutality and murder."
“This is my War. My War for Civilization. My War for Freedom. My Life. My Race. My Place. My Honour. My Home.”  Stranded in the battlefields of the Holy Land during the Great War, a battalion of West Indian volunteers fight for the Empire, the King and the Motherland. Their long search for identity and honour falls apart as the fragile hopes of young lives, both black and white, explode and shatter as betrayal and race take their toll. At the Gates of Gaza is a highly charged, emotional and gripping look at a world in the midst of change.
   
5.0 rating
 “Those blessed with a strong social conscience should hurry along to see this remarkable new play, which delivers with unerring accuracy a short sharp kick in the guts.” – The Stage
Karen is a rising star in British politics, but on the eve of a general election she risks her career and reputation on a bitter and contentious fight over whether to allow short lists for black Parliamentary candidates. Deselected by her party and betrayed by the men she loves Karen must embark on a relentless road to power and political redemption. Provocative and raw, Upper Cut unravels the fight for diversity and black representation through coalition politics and the hope and rebirth of New Labour. This is a play that takes a deep dive delve into the troubled heart of a Labour party struggling under the might of Margaret Thatcher's Tory party revolution. Upper Cut is inspired by true political events.
5.0 rating
“A powerful, heartfelt work that shows why Juliet Gilkes Romero is one of Britain’s most exciting and original playwrights.”
As the 19th Century dawns in London, politicians of all parties gather to abolish the slave trade once and for all. However, the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion-pound bailout for the slave owners rather than the enslaved. As morality and cunning compete amongst power hungry men, two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say. The Whip is the 2020 winner of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award. 
5.0 rating
"A brilliant, provocative work that shines an uncomfortable light on one of the most shameful chapters of British history."
In the long-awaited sequel to Dear Beneficiary, feisty sixty year old widow Cynthia Hartworth settles down to life in Africa with Darius, her handsome young Nigerian lover, and her newly found partner in hostage Tracey. They may aspire to a quiet life but for Cynthia and Tracey things are about to get complicated as they find themselves caught up in escapades and adventures as hilarious as the ones that first brought them together.  
4.0 rating
“Janet Kelly is back with another Cynthia Hartworth adventure that will make you howl with laughter.”
This One Is For You is Agnes Meadows’ fifth collection of poetry and dedicated to long time friend and fellow poet the late Brinsley Sheridan. As well as covering the themes of history, memory, struggle and everday beauty, these poems also explore the nature of friendship and the ingredients of endurance, joy and survival. Agnes Meadows is a two time winner of the Christina Sergeyevna Award for Outstanding Writing and fans along with those unfamiliar with her work will adore this excellent collection.
5.0 rating
“Agnes Meadows’ This One Is For You is an intense and wondrous journey into the imagination. Her poetry is warm, rich and evocative of all the places we might travel. Each poem is like a personal dedication to the reader given in the spirit of generosity and celebration. It’s a book full of secret delights, hidden sadness, and true friendship.” – Aoife Mannix, Poet.