Open Ealing Presents Love Screens

Three new plays being streamed this Friday


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Love Screens is a new production presented by Open Ealing comprising three short plays written by Nicolas Ridley that explore those moments that may alter the course of love and life.

Directed by Anthony Shrubsall, featuring seven actors, Sophie Morris-Sheppard, Isabella Inchbald, Calum Wragg-Smith, Sarah Lawrie, Alexander Jonas, Samantha Parry and Stephen Omer, the plays are a pre-recorded premiere adapted to and shaped for screen following Lockdown.

They are to be streamed on Friday 11 September at 7.30pm UK time. The broadcast will be followed by a live Q and A with writer, director and actors.


“Besties” is a monologue performed by Sophie Morris-Sheppard. Lockdown may be over – at least for the present – but it’s not as if everything is back to where it was. It isn’t and probably never will be. While on her own, Claudia has discovered unexpected truths about herself and her closest friends. She’s also had time to think about her relationship with Andy. Before lockdown she was sure that life had more to offer her, but now …

“Trees of Nature” – performed by Calum Wragg-Smith and Isabella Inchbald Simon & Daisy, Daisy & Simon is about a friendship that might have been more. Growing together and growing apart. Seeing things differently, seeing things clearly. Moving on, moving away and leaving so little behind: A sweet voice singing … A lonely bed … Twenty frozen minutes in a park …

“Four Sides of a Triangle” – performed by Samantha Parry, Alexander Jonas, Sarah Lawrie, Stephen Omer shows there are two sides to most stories. Sometimes there are three. And – once in a while – there are four. They were perhaps an unlikely couple but many couples are, aren’t they? Differences don’t always lead to disaster. Although sometimes …

Playwright Nicolas Ridley has lived and worked in Tokyo, Casablanca, Barcelona, Hong Kong & Paris and now lives in London & Bath where he writes fiction, non-fiction, scripts and stage plays under different names. His plays have been
performed by professional and non-professional companies in theatres and at drama festivals in England, Scotland, NorthernIreland, the Isles of Scilly, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Australia.

Director Anthony Shrubsall is a founder member of And Tomorrow Theatre Company and the Entire Theatre Company, and former academic.

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September 10, 2020

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