Scene Gym R&D Project 2019

The Project

Following an open call out for scripts at the end of 2018, our team received nearly 200 submissions of full length plays for workshopping during Scene Gym’s Research and Development ‘R&D’ week in July 2019.

We are delighted to announce the selected plays, along with the short and long lists below. Congratulations to all those selected and a huge thank you to everyone who submitted their work!

Project Dates

The R&D week will take place between 8th July and 12th July 2019.

Project Venue

There will be an afternoon of rehearsed readings of the two selected plays on 12th July at the Park Theatre.


Selected Plays

‘Lightly Scattered Dreams’  by James Rushbrooke

‘Leaving Eden’  by Sophia Leuner

Congratulations to Sophia and James who will be joining us in July!


Short List 

Everything Must Go’ by Caitlin McEwan

‘Butterfly’ by Tife Kusoro’

‘Lightly Scattered Dreams’  by James Rushbrooke

‘Leaving Eden’  by Sophia Leuner

‘Dreams of a Scholar’  by Emma Dennis-Edwards

‘Watch List’  by Fran Bushe



Long List

‘Everything Must Go’ by Caitlin McEwan

‘Butterfly’ by Tife Kusoro

‘Plasma’ by Eleanor Ross

‘Target Man’ by Mark Starling

‘Watch List’  by Fran Bushe

‘Lightly Scattered Dreams’  by James Rushbrooke

‘These Minging Streets’  by Abraham Adeyemi

‘Leaving Eden’  by Sophia Leuner

‘Dreams of a Scholar’  by Emma Dennis-Edwards

‘Rhino’  by Leila Nashef

‘The Glory Road’  by Martin Edwards


The R&D Team


Julia Parlato, Producer and Dramaturg


Julia is incredibly excited by the interest expressed in the R&D Project. Following the success of Scene Gym Shorts last year, she is looking forward to working with a new crop of fresh talent along with current collaborators and is excited to watch the plays coming to life and evolving further over the course of the project.

She hopes that the R&D week will become a regular Scene Gym event which can reach an ever growing network of creatives over the coming years. Alongside Scene Gym, Julia is currently producing ‘The Daughter Abroad’ at Theatre 503 and will soon be performing in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ with Shakespeare’s Wanderers.




Rachel Heyburn, Co-Producer and Dramaturg



Rachel has been involved with Scene Gym as a director over the last couple of years and has been an instrumental part of our dramaturgical team on this project.

Credits as a Director include : ‘Never Have I Ever’ (Arcola Theatre; Scene Gym), ‘The Night of the Knight of the Burning Pestle’ (LIPA), ‘Too Much Light’ (Theatre 503, Rapid Write Response), ‘Chekhov in Hell’ (LIPA), ‘The Slave’ (Tristan Bates Theatre), ‘Dutchman’ (Blue Elephant Theatre; rehearsed reading), ‘Refugees In’ (with Pussy Riot at Banksy’s Dismaland), ‘In Quest of Conscience’ (Finborough Theatre) andConfusions’ (Royal Haymarket Youth Company).  As an Assistant Director:  ‘Dublin Carol (dir. Abbey Wright, Donmar at Trafalgar Studios Season), Dream of the Dog (dir. Katie McAleese, Finborough Theatre and West-End transfer to Trafalgar Studios), Miss Lilly Gets Boned Or The Loss Of All Elephant Elders (dir. Lily Bevan, Finborough Theatre)


Kimberley Gabriel, Co-Producer


Kimberley has been a creative influence in developing Scene Gym since the start. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2007, completing a BA Drama, Theatre and Education degree. She has facilitated drama projects with The Albany, Greenwich and Lewisham Young people’s Theatre, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company. After completing a Masters PGCE at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a Masters in Teaching and Learning at Kings College, University of London, Kimberley has continued to devise, direct and create unique pieces of drama with young people and adults.


Kamal Kaan, Script Reader & Dramaturg



As ever, Kamal has been incredibly busy immersed in numerous projects, writing plays for BBC Radio and developing his stage play ‘Beloved’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse – Furnace festival, Park Theatre) and also performing.

We are grateful to him for all of his support and encouragement with this project, as well as his ongoing guidance and commitment to the Scene Gym team.



Natassa Deparis, Script Reader


Much to our delight, Natassa has recently returned from living in Berlin.

She has been supporting the team with script reading, whilst busy being a new mum, writing and teaching. Her new play, ‘The Daughter Abroad’ will soon premier at Theatre 503.





We would like to thank the Fenton Arts Trust for their funding and support which has made this project possible.