Dear Jeremy Noble,
Thank you for sending me a copy of this (Marlene made Me), which
we have now had a chance to read and consider. However, I'm afraid
I cannot offer a way forward for the piece here at the National.
I though this piece took a timely look at some of the problems
people suffer in society today as they pursue love and acceptance
with no guarantees of a happy ending. However, I didn't feel I really
got into the heads of the characters and this prevented me from
a greater understanding of the situation they get themselves into.
I'm sorry to disappoint, but wish you success with the future of
National Theatre, London
Hello Vivien (Vivien Calmbrood is the pseudonym of Jeremy Noble)
We are delighted to inform you that your play has reached the
shortlist of the International Playwriting Festival along with ten
other plays. Over five hundred plays were submitted this year, so
congratulations on your achievement.
All the short-listed plays will now be read by the judging panel
and discussed at a meeting on Monday 13 October when the selected
plays for 2004 will be decided.
The results will be announced at a reception for the national press
at midday on Wednesday 20 October at the Aldwych Theatre.
The staging of the selected plays will take place on Saturday 20
and Sunday 21 November, with the rehearsals taking place two or
three days before.
Should your play be successful, we will be requesting you to attend
the press reception, and of course, the rehearsals and reading for
your play. In this instance, I will telephone you to discuss how
Once again, congratulations on reaching the shortlist - and good
Rose Marie Vernon
Warehouse Theatre Company, UK