Play Club 2: X + Y + Z = ?

X + Y + Z = ? by Joanne Griffiths

Play Club – an online book club with a twist! As with last year’s Play Club, we’ll be featuring new writing from 3 incredible writers selected from our 2021 submission window.

How it works: For each round of Play Club, we’ll be sending out a play for you to read and we’ll all meet up to chat about it online. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the writer and get to know the ideas behind the story before we challenge you to write a short 10-page play in response, inspired by what you’ve read.  You’ll then be invited to submit your short plays to us and selected plays will be read by actors online and broadcast as part of a digital Play Club event!

About the writer:

“I completed an MA in screenwriting and then took my theatre piece to Edinburgh Fringe the following year.  Since then I’ve been trying to get better and that means concentrated time to write amongst juggling family and work.  I’ve just co-written my first six part TV drama.  

I’m a massive fan of Samuel Beckett.  Whenever I get writers brain freeze I pick up a Beckett play and it helps me focus and more importantly carry on.”  


X+Y+Z=? is about the human nature of survival and how much we need other humans in our life.  I wanted to explore the worst case scenario and really get to the essence of how people cope in extreme situations.  Climate change and women’s rights seemed like the bigger picture but when you bring that down to three individuals surviving in a pod it hopefully makes a statement about the human need for others.  

Dates: we’ll be meeting on Zoom to discuss the play on Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm. The submission window for short plays written in response opens on 28th September and closes on 14th October. 

Sign up via the members site to take part – once you’re on the Play Club mailing list, you’ll be sent all the information you need via email, we look forward to discussing the play with you and reading your 10 minute responses! 

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