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23rd of March; James Martin Charlton’s Fat Souls reading & book signing

North London Literary Festival are delighted to announce that James Martin Charlton will be part of the opening festivities for this year’s festival. There will be a reading of his award-winning play ‘Fat Souls’ in the Grove Atrium at 3pm on Monday 23rd March, as well as a book-signing launch of his ‘Collected Plays Volume One’. An exclusive to this year’s festival.

James Martin Charlton, the playwright, theatre director and filmmaker will celebrating the launch of his publication, ‘Collected Plays Volume One’ . The ‘Fat Souls’ reading will be directed by up-and-coming talent Connor Abbott and will feature a cast of professional actors. This is the first time the play has been heard in public since its original production in the 1990s.

About Fat Souls’

“Fat Mags puts on her mask and sets out on her first lowly job. She soon finds everyone at the office hides behind their own mask. But then there’s an exception who proves the rule…”

Fat Souls won the 1992 International Playwriting Festival and was nominated for the 1993 Writers Guild Best Fringe Play. It was James’ first production at a mainstream theatre venue and was written whilst he was in the second year of his undergraduate studies. This reading is the first time the play has been heard in public since its original production. It is held as a launch for the publication of James’ Collected Plays Volume One by Playdead Press.

Beware – Fat Souls features some dislikeable characters saying some ugly things!
Opinions on the original production:

“Fat Souls was one of the most innovative and original plays I can remember seeing in a long history of going to see new plays.” – Michael Codron, Theatre Producer known for his productions of the early work of Harold Pinter, Joe Orton, Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn.

“There is simply no mistaking a new voice in the theatre… Charlton’s is a quirky, assured creative voice, consistently theatrical.” – Jeremy Kingston, The Times.

“…this remarkable piece delivers a parable on the need to confront the world without a mask. The author certainly does so… He has created something funny, touching and quite unlike anything else on the scene.” – Irving Wardle, The Independent on Sunday.

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