22nd March, 2pm: Performance of James Charlton’s Been On The Job Too Long

This year we are delighted to announce that we will be holding a performance of  James Martin Charlton‘s play ‘Been On The Job Too Long’. This exclusive performance will be directed by Benet Catty will feature a cast of professional actors. It will take place at 2pm in TV Studio B.


About ‘Been On The Job Too Long’

In 1890, St. Louis Missouri, Brady was killed by Duncan in a downtown bar. Duncan killed Brady again in a London pub in the mid-1970s. He’ll do it again in Greater China late in the 21st Century. Brady’s been on the job too long. James Martin Charlton’s new play adapts the murder ballad Duncan and Brady three times… past, present and future… recurring…

James Play

( Picture: Original production at TheatreN16 in 2015, photo by Matthew Bosley.)

James Martin Charlton is a playwright, director and filmmaker. His play Fat Souls won the 1992 International Playwriting Festival and upon its premier in 1993 (Warehouse, Croydon) it was nominated for Best Fringe Play by the Writer’s Guild. His subsequent plays include Coming Up (Warehouse, Croydon), ecstasy + Grace (Finborough Theatre), Desires of Frankenstein (Open Air Theatre), I Really Must be Getting Off (White Bear Theatre), Coward (Just Some Theatre Company) and two short plays for The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre). His new one act play Been on the Job Too Long was premièred in the opening season at new fringe venue Theatre N16 in May 2015. He has directed numerous new plays by contemporary playwrights, including three premiers by James Kenworth: Johnny Song (Warehouse, Croydon), Gob (King’s Head) and Revolution Farm (Newham City Farm). Charlton’s short film Apeth was shown at various International Film Festivals. He contributed a chapter to Story: Heart of the Matter (Greenwich Exchange, 2007). Since 2003 he has been lecturing in Scriptwriting for various media at Middlesex University, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is the Head of the Department of Media at Middlesex University.

Benet Catty has directed over seventy stage productions, including James Martin Charlton’s I Really Must Be Getting Off, the award-winning Sikhs in the City (UK Tour, USA, DVD) and Soul Sikher (UK Tour, DVD); Still Waiting for Everything (London, UK Tour); Blind Eye (Theatre 503); A Handful of Rain and Life After (New End) and City Lights (Old Vic). Revivals include David Mamet’s plays Edmond, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Shawl and Speed-the-Plow; Kiss of the Spiderwoman and the Edinburgh Festival Premieres of Ben Elton’s Popcorn and Mark Ravenill’s Shopping & F***ing (all Edinburgh, London fringe transfers, multiple Critics Choice); Howie the Rookie (Time Out Critics Choice), Damages and Boom Bang-A-Bang. Ben has directed three productions for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night – the first two of which were the first and second most successful productions in the festival’s 27-year history. He now focuses primarily on drama school work. As a writer his first play All Talk won the Lost Theatre ‘Best New Writing’ Award and his play based on the life of Marjorie Proops, Dear Marje, received an industry reading starring Lesley Manville.       http://www.benetcatty.com

The festival is free and open to students, staff and the public, and is free to attend.

Seating is limited for this event so to guarantee your place, please rsvp using Eventbrite.

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