Former resident’s play selected to be staged at upcoming Scripts at Work reading

Former Rimbey resident Rachel Peacock’s play

Former Rimbey resident Rachel Peacock’s play

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The Rosebud School of the Arts announced last week that former Rimbey resident Rachel Peacock’s play, Fishbowl will be part of a prestigious reading this coming April in Red Deer.

“Fishbowl, is a play about two strangers, confined in a small space who humorously welcome and resist each other,” Peacock said of her work. “The challenge of getting along, making a difference in the world and giving an unusual peace offering are all poured into the setting of a domestic fishbowl.”

According to a statement released by the school, Peacock will be one of three playwrights selected by Scripts at Work from numerous submissions of original, unpublished plays.

“Scripts at Work has provided a wonderful, supportive setting for me to develop this play, providing experienced actors, dramaturge, director and a public venue,” Peacock said. “I am excited to get this new play out of my computer and on to the stage and have it read in front of a live audience where I can learn from their responses.”

The school’s Education Directors Paul Muir and Maki Van Dyke said they were equally thrilled to see another one of their graduates making inroads in the theatre.

“It’s been a joy to watch Rachel grow into the theatre artist she is today,” Muir said. “To succeed in theatre often demands that artists become proficient at more than one creative discipline. Rachel has diverse talents as an actor, playwright, sound designer and as a musician. It will be interesting to see which one of her many talents rises to the top.”

With the objective nurturing and mentoring young artists by giving them opportunities to develop themselves as playwrights, Scripts at Work is a series of workshops comprised of classes and events that develop the skills of existing and emerging playwrights from throughout central Alberta.

Peacock and two other playwrights will attend a series of workshops with professional dramaturges (playwrights) and directors from Alberta. At the end of the process, their plays will be performed at an evening of informal staged readings at Red Deer College on Friday, April 17.