TRAILER/trash is a piece of new writing by award winning playwright, Mike Elliston. We met each other when he was invited onto salon:lab (a new writing development scheme run by the salon:collective). We had the benefit of having Timberlake Wertenbaker mentor us, and were honoured to be given a research and development grant by the Arts Council.
Frankie and Shyanne live their lives as if they’re the stars of their very own movie – they just don’t know it.
It’s a buddy movie without the popcorn, a road trip without a car.
Playing against type and exploring the American Dream, sexual exploitation and gender identity, TRAILER/trash is a fierce comedy that embraces the young and feisty Frankie, a waitress in a backwater diner who hates her job, her body and longs to be a man, and an ageing Afro-American stripper, Shyanne, who dreams of becoming a star in Las Vegas but who has lived too long with a lifetime of regrets.
“I call this “trash theatre”; their lives are lived out in a theatrical version of a movie set, somewhere deeply south in the USA. Despite fragments of seemingly empty lives played out in front of their imaginary audience, Frankie and Shyanne remain rich and colourful in their dreams since these represent the hope of better things to come. It’s the American Dream, after all.” MIKE ELLISTON
And who would argue with that?
Are you ready to ride?
Hot Bed New Writing Festival
With great pride we rucked up at the Cambridge Junction theatre, as invitees of the famous Cambridge Hot Bed New Writing Festival. The script in hand performance got the writer, the director and the actors some wonderful responses. It has given the project some great feedback, and other constructive tid bits are to be dealt with in Autumn 2015, as Mike and I go back to the development stage
. More news about the project’s progress will come. Watch this space.