‘Telltale’ – stories you need to hear and see

Local writers take centre stage at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on 24 September in a new production ‘Telltale: stories you need to hear and see’.

Six new 15-minute plays are premiered in a show that features the writing of emerging playwrights drawn from across Havering and south Essex.

Each short play tells a compelling story, dealing with contemporary issues that affect us all, that we need to talk about, to tell tales.

There is drama, comedy and above all entertainment in a production that takes the form of a rehearsed reading with experienced director Scott Le Crass and professional actors.

The six plays featured are:

‘Home or Away’ by Ruth Bayard

‘Welsh Rarebit’ by Bernard Doogan

‘Sinbad’ by Diane Harman

‘BOGOF’ by John Jones

‘The Road to Emmaus’ by Peter Larner

‘Boomerang Kid’ by Richard Margrave

The audience is invited to give feedback to the writers and last year a packed house rated the showcase a triumph:

  • ‘Laugh out loud, brilliant, so real.’

  • ‘Brilliant – well written. Easy to watch.’

  • ‘Witty and well acted.’

  • ‘Brilliant, funny, didn’t want it to finish!’

  • ‘Like reading a good book – what next!’

  • ‘Great idea. Good to see new writing. Well done to the actors too!’

  • ‘Super evening, hugely entertaining, so perceptive! Captivating, great humour, thoroughly enjoyable. Amazingly talented writers and super performers!’

‘Telltale’ is the third annual showcase of new writing produced by ELE Group (East London & Essex Playwriting Group) – the member-led playwriting network based at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

ELE Group boasts members from across the local area with writers and playwrights from Havering and south Essex – including Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Brentwood, Billericay and Chelmsford.

Meetings are monthly and writers who want join can register their interest at


“The six plays were selected from 13 submissions which shows the degree of interest and commitment of new local writers,” says ELE Group’s leader, Richard Margrave, who himself has a play ‘Boomerang Kid’ featuring on the night.

The evening is in aid of the charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK that fights inflammatory bowel disease, with one of the featured plays ‘Sinbad’ written by Crohn’s sufferer Diane Harman.

“Writing is a joy, a release from dealing with the everyday challenge of living with Crohn’s,” says Diane.

“Not only does ‘Telltale’ promote new writing but it also supports a charity which does so much for those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.”

‘Telltale’ comes to the Foyer Stage of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch for one night only on Monday 24 September at 8pm. Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at queens-theatre.co.uk.