Shortlisted playwright aims for London debutTuesday 28 July 2015
Michael Ross, one of the writers shortlisted for the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, is raising money on Kickstarter to bring his play Happy to Help to the Park Theatre in London.
In Happy to Help, Tony Manning, UK managing director of a giant multinational supermarket chain, decides to work undercover for a week at one of his stores to see what life is really like on the shop floor, and ends up getting a far more authentic experience than he’d have ever wished for. Michael's play was shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Playwriting prize by judges including Frank Cotrrell Boyce and Kathy Burke.
After being shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, Happy to Help was selected by the Park Theatre for their 2014 Script Accelerator Programme; a prestigious script development programme to help launch high-quality new work in London.
Following a successful work-in-progress performance, the Park Theatre have offered Happy to Help a four week run in Spring 2016 in the Park90 space, and Michael and his team are now fundraising via Kickstarter. Episodes actor Stephen Mangan also makes a guest appearance in the video for the project. The Kickstarter campaign will cover the costs of securing the play's slot at the Park Theatre from May - June 2016.