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Alexandra Le CocqAlexandra Le Cocq is looking for aspiring writers to help with an innovative drama project later this year.

Based on a script written by her brother, Julien, the main part of the performance will be ‘Pickpockets’, a comedy about rent, crime and other perils of modern living.

“It’s about four flatmates, who have to pay the rent and turn to a life of crime – petty theft sort of thing – and then they get mixed up with a local gang,” Alexandra explains.

However the performance will also feature material from guest writers, and this is what Alexandra is excited about.

“At the moment Julie Greer is writing me a short piece – I don’t know what that’s about yet. I wanted to make the night a little bit longer, so I thought I’d approach writers.”

Anyone can submit pieces up to ten minutes in length – the only requirement is that there are “minimal” props, Alexandra says. Age and experience are no barriers – “anyone” can send material in, she says.

The project is a work in progress, but Alexandra hopes to have one or two performances at the University Theatre in November, and half of the profits will go to help combat Hepatitis C.

She describes her first time involved in getting a project like this off the ground as “a little bit stressful”, but one she hopes will be a lot of fun for all involved.

If you are interested in submitting a piece for inclusion in the performance you can email Alexandra at pelemelee@hotmail.com or phone her on 027-525-5916.

August 2007