OFF Book

the club night where new writing leaps off the page and onto the stage

Authors featured in OFF Book

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FELICIA YAP grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She read biochemistry at Imperial College London and history at Cambridge University. She has worked as a cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model. Felicia is The Observer's Rising Star for Fiction (2017) and YESTERDAY is her debut novel.

YESTERDAY, her debut thriller, is about a murder that takes place in a world where most people only remember yesterday. A dead woman’s body is found in the River Cam. Suspicion falls on Mark, the man she had been sleeping with, and his wife Claire. But how do you catch a killer when all who are involved have limited memories, including the detective investigating the case?

 

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MOLLY FLATT is an author and journalist who explores the impact of technology on publishing, culture and identity. She's Associate Editor of FutureBook, Associate Editor of The Memo, Digital Editor of PHOENIX, and she also writes for the likes of the Guardian and the BBC. 

THE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE, her debut novel, is  race-against-time adventure with a speculative twist at its heart. Everything's suddenly going right for Alex Moore, the founder of a hot east London startup. But when bizarre events start happening, including being accused of murder by a wild-eyed stranger, a trip to the remote Orkney islands seems a great idea. At least until Alex stumbles upon an ancient secret - a secret that her meteoric success has royally messed up. The novel will be published by Pan Macmillan in spring 2018. 

 

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MATTHEW BLAKSTAD's first career was as a professional child actor. From the age of ten, he had roles in TV dramas on the BBC and ITV, in films and at theatres including the Royal Court. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications. Since 2008, he's been in public service, helping people understand and manage their money.

SOCKPUPPET, his debut novel tells the story of fake internet personality sic_girl. Programmer Dani Farr create sic_girl to win a bet. But she’s just started spilling state secrets. And if Dani doesn’t figure out who – or what – is behind sic_girl, it won’t just be her privacy at stake. Because the more secrets sic_girl spills, the clearer it becomes: Nothing is private. No one is safe.


Performers appearing in OFF Book

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WENDY MAE BROWN recently played Sofia in The Color Purple in Concert, Cadogan Hall.  She has been nominated three times for her role as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical, which toured the UK, China and Australia, 2014-2016.  Her many other roles include Hattie, Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic), Myrt Carmen Jones (Old Vic) and Bloody Mary, South Pacific (Kilworth House).  West End theatre includes Joanne, Rent (Prince of Wales), Porgy and Bess (Savoy) and the original cast of Mamma Mia.  Her extensive film and TV work includes C4's Man Down, BBC's Doctors, Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and the US record-breaking miniseries Hatfields and McCoys. Her next role will see her tour Canada in a new musical book adaptation in November.  She has sung on cruise ships and yachts, in summer shows and circus tents, and is pleased to be making her book festival debut!

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CLAIRE FARRINGTON trained at the Oxford School of Drama and founded her own theatre company, Net Curtains.  She commissioned and produced over 10 new social, political plays including Archers’ and Eastenders’ writer Tim Stimpson's ‘First Impressions’ about Margate regeneration at Margate Theatre Royal in 2010. Claire has performed at Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre.  She also started presenting, a highlight being in front of a 3,000 strong audience at London's ExCel.  Claire is returning to the industry after starting a family and is delighted to be working on such an innovative project as ‘OffBook’.

Claire is represented by Branded Talent.

LEONORA FYFE trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. She is appearing at The Edinburgh Festival in the sci-fi comedy The Starship Osiris (Congolese version). Other venues she has performed in include The Arcola Theatre, The Park Theatre and Ovalhouse Theatre. She is always glad to tap into the unknown and experimental. Leonora enjoys nurturing overgrown or stripped down characters. She recreated Andromeda in Andromeda at The Launderette, a comedic adaptation of Andromeda, Euripides' unfinished play. Leonora has also been on CBBC (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Star Stories (Channel Four) and Mile High (Sky). She has played a medley of characters, from a quirky mother with post-natal depression to a rather odious princess way over to a psychologist with psychological problems and an artificial intelligence therapist.

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DAVID FLANAGAN trained at the Identity School of Acting in London. He is also a playwright, his first full length play ‘Allies in the Ardennes’ enjoyed a successful run in June 2017 at the Welsh Church Theatre in London. He was recently cast in ‘Corpucia’, an independent Sci-Fi short film. David is also a musician, playing the Drums and the Piano. He is very excited to be part of this exciting new project.

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LIAM GODWIN, 16, is on the Musical Theatre Course at the BRIT school for Performing Arts and Technology. He was a principal in his final major project 13 The Musical as well as Assistant Musical Director. Recently, he was Musical Director at the Other Palace Theatre for the Colours of Faith and was Director of Music at St Augustine's Church in Whitton at the age of 15. He's also a well respected singer/performer. He plays the Piano, Organ, Drums and conducts. He was awarded The Deans Award by The Royal School of Church Music. He's had the privilege of performing in amazing venues like St Paul's Cathedral, Guilford Cathedral, The Cadogan Hall and The Rose Theatre. He can't wait to be part of this up-and-coming project.

KATIE WALDER was chosen to perform in a special Disney Princess show in Jersey and in the prestigious West End Live, where she had a Principal role as Vivienne in Legally Blonde even before her acceptance to the Guildford School of Acting's Musical Theatre programme. She graduated this summer.  Katie is delighted to be here, performing a song from one of the most successful dystopian-fantasy-prequel-novel-to-musical-adaptations ever!