On 16 March 2020, at a critical point in the coronavirus outbreak, theatres across the country began to close their doors. An entire industry slammed shut to artists and audiences alike.
On 17 March 2020, Papatango launched Isolated But Open: Voices from Across The Shutdown, to inspire creativity and share brilliant new stories at a time when people need them most.
The result is ten new monologues, chosen from 2063 submissions, representing the freshest, most vital and most exciting voices from across the country at this unprecedented time. In addition, the award-winning playwrights Rachel De-Lahay and Anders Lustgarten have provided two world premieres.
All twelve monologues have been filmed by hand-picked actors working in self-isolation, and the films are now below, free to view, with captions available.
'Hungry Like' by William Drew (performed by Rosie Day)
'Guts' by Angus Harrison (performed by Bryony Miller)
'rise from the wreckage' by Benedict Lombe (performed by Gloria Obianyo)
'Leave A Message' by Hannah Mribiha (performed by Laura Hanna)
'Pythagoras' by Emma Pritchard (performed by Lucy Bromilow)
'Hips' by Alex Riddle (performed by Josef Davies)
'Hair To Stay' by Danusia Samal (performed by Shanaya Rafaat)
'The Second Law Of Thermodynamics' by Tafline Steen (performed by Andrea Hall)
'Wild Swim' by Martha Watson Allpress (performed by Lizzy Watts)
'One More Son' by Pip Williams (performed by Daniel Monks)