Tunnelton Productions aims to make theatre more accessible to the wider public, to take drama performances out to open air venues such as parks and festivals, to produce pieces with real meaning and benefit to local communities and to use storytelling to enhance confidence and teambuilding.
The official launch of my company ‘Tunnelton Productions’ is currently being funded and supported by the Chol Theatre ‘Chol Generation’ project, Proper Job Theatre, Somewhere to…, WSP Barnsley, Barnsley Civic and the Lawrence Batley Theatre. We are holding a showcase event at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Syngenta Cellar in Huddersfield on Tuesday 26th June at 7:45. The evening will include the performance of a one-act play ‘Failed Geek Society’, a dance act and networking session.
‘Failed Geek Society’ is a play I wrote to explore the subject of ambition and expectation. It tells the story of three friends who at school were the clever kids, always top of the class and they stuck together in order to cope with the inevitable bullying that goes along with that. They were all tipped for greatness, supported in their applications to Oxford and Cambridge and expected to become the doctors, physicists, inventors and self-made millionaires that their parents, teachers and peers already saw them as.
The play joins the three friends ten years after leaving high school. Al (named after Albert Einstein by his Mother, the psychology lecturer with a PhD) works in a call centre selling car insurance. He is bored with life and unlucky in love. He knows he could have been an astrophysicist, if only he could have been bothered. He has become lazy and uninspired by real life. Rosie is a happy-go-lucky high school science teacher. She knows she could have achieved more but she simply didn’t want to. She opted for the routine of a stable job but sometimes she wonders if she’s reached her potential a bit too early – maybe she should have taken that gap year after all. Joel is an electrician; working for himself he runs a successful small business. He started out on the path to become a computer programmer and whilst he loved the work he hated the politics of working for a corporate organisation.
Al picks up an invitation on Facebook to attend a High School Reunion. He really wants to go but can he persuade Rosie and Joel that it won’t end in complete embarrassment? What will happen when all their old schoolmates find out that they haven’t become successful after all?
Attending the reunion turns out to be just what they all needed to re-focus their lives and to realise that what actually matters are the friends that stand by you and the life you choose to create for yourself.
The play is about getting up off the sofa and making it happen, reliving childhood dreams and teenage self-consciousness, the reality of rejection when you know you have tried your best.
Written to appeal to all age groups, from teenagers, students and parents and to inspire anyone who ever had ambition and who now faces the reality of mortgages, deadlines and the school run.