Listen: Shortlisted Brave New Endings

Listen: Shortlisted Brave New Endings

14 December 2015

Listen to alternate endings to Huxley's Brave New World which have received performed readings by members of the cast.

Brave New Writing

Back in early June, we launched a new creative writing project asking people to write a scene to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as an alternative to the ending Huxley wrote himself in 1931. The first deadline closed last month on 7 September and the second and final deadline remains open until 31 December 2015. For more information and to get involved, visit theatrecloud.com/bravenewending

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the project so far. We've enjoyed reading your scripts and sharing them with lead producer Jenny King and writer Dawn King, who adapted the story for the stage. Over the next month, Jenny and Dawn will decide which of the scripts submitted before the first deadline will receive a rehearsed reading by members of the Brave New World cast.

We'll be posting all recordings on this page during the tour, scroll down to see those selected so far.


'Lenina' 

Submitted by: Ann McDermot
Read by: Gruffydd Glyn and Olivia Morgan
 

Ann told us she doesn't have much experience writing plays so taking characters that already existed seemed a nice way to ease into it. She had read the novel a long time ago but had completely forgotten the story, Ann wanted Lenina to have some thoughts and actions of her own.

Jenny says 
The actors read this scene with ease - always a good sign that the dialogue is well written. The scene is dramatic and engaging and seemed to me to develop the story and the characters of Lenina and Bernard in an intelligent and logical way. From a ‘producer’s’ point of view -   much is achieved in this scene with minimal resources;  just two actors and I imagined minimal set and little need for sound or visual effects. 

Dawn says
Lenina and Bernard are well characterised in this scene and the conflict between them is very clear. Olivia and Gruff were really able to bring the scene to life. 


'Exiled: From dystopia to utopia?'

Submitted by Madeline Sutcliffe, Darlington
Read by: Scott Karim, William Postlethwaite and Sophie Ward 

 

 

Jenny says
Well …   Madeline Sutcliffe has given us some hope!     Reading Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is a little like swimming in a very cold sea as a child -  you wonder why you’re doing it and what you’re feeling while you’re doing it.    You emerge chattering and shaking and chilled and your parents tell you to run around to get warm and stop making a fuss.       But (and this is Madeline Sutcliffe’s ending)       … then  you walk into a warm hut where you are greeted by Mum and Dad holding up big warm fluffy towels to wrap round you and as they do they are chatting about lovely treats they have in store for the rest of the day.   …. thank you, Madeline, for giving the human race some hope!

Dawn says
A really interesting look at how life on the Islands might work, and how John, Helmholtz and Margaret Mond might live there.


'What do we do with john?'

Submitted by Ian Richardson, Edinburgh
Read by:  Samantha Hopkins, Simon Kent, Greg Lockett and Samantha Pearl

 

 

Jenny says
This scene provides a playful ending to the story and firmly places the moral and emotional choice about John’s future in front of the audience whilst also providing a sense of fun and theatre.
It read fluently and was full of ideas - i found it very enjoyable.


'Civilised or Savage?'

Submitted by Daren Carpmail, Birmingham.

 

 

Jenny says
An interesting exploration of developing the ideas of the book through the characters of Helmholtz and Bernard. Huxley’s ideas often take precedence over his description of character and, in any event, the characters in Huxley’s Brave New World have individuality conditioned out of them - so, I very much enjoyed the attention to character and relationship in this imagined situation and final denouement.

Brave New World premieres at Royal and Derngate, Northampton, where it runs from 4 to 26 September 2015. It then tours to Edinburgh, Blackpool, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Bradford where it concludes on 5 December.