Minutes of the meeting at La Rosa Hotel on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Present: Adele, JennyJonathan, LouiseMikePipIan (chair).

Apologies: Sandra, David, Graham, Rose.

Topic: Members’ work-in-progress.


Ian — reported the success of Jenny’s concert on 22 March 2018 in the downstairs lounge at La Rosa Hotel. Jenny confirmed that the location had been ideal from the players’ point of view, and announced that their next performance was to be in Scarborough Library on 19 May 2018.

Mike — read more from his short story Aladdin, concerning the backstage goings-on at a provincial pantomime, which he proposes taking further. The meeting felt it showed a lot of promise as a satirical novel.

Adele — handed out an unfinished script she had written for the latest assignment in her MSc Writing course, a ten-minute play taking the form of a conversation between brother and sister waiting for a solicitor to read their mother’s will. Such plays are apparently in vogue, but neither she nor anyone present has ever seen one performed. Since the parts were for two people, Mike took the male part for an impromptu reading. Several suggestions were made by those present for how it should end.

Jenny — read a poem Red Shoes, inspired by the film, based on a fairytale by HC Andersen. This was nominated as our Poem of the Week.

Ian [Anitra’s Petition] — In the spaceplane bound for Lunaborg, Anitra once more encounters Commissioner Nilsson, who tells her that her guardian of late, Peter Zwillinge, is in the baggage hold, frozen down in a hibernator. He is on his way back to the Moon to stand trial for a “crime against humanity” – as-yet unspecified. The following day, Nilsson and Dolpou argue over Anitra’s head about Peter’s fate – what it ought to be and what it is likely to be.
(See the story so far.)

Jonathan — read a collection of Whitby haikus (or a poem with verses in haiku form), inspired by the view from his window of Crescent Gardens. He followed that with The Ape That Dreams, a philosophical poem on the human condition.

Pip [Caicos Moon] — explores her new island home. She decides it will make an ideal place to keep a pony.