Trivial Dispute

 

Two worlds collide when self made millionaire Trevor, owner of the third largest chain of tanning boutiques in East Surrey, committed Tory and card carrying Brexiteer, suddenly finds himself at odds with a retired academic, the cosmopolitan and liberal minded Ewan. Although at first a trivial dispute, Trevor resorts to unusual tactics and matters start to escalate...

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by Neil Summerville

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

A filmed version of the monologue can be seen on YouTube.

"Dixon Potter draws out the everyday experience of this community and the ways in which small issues become quickly magnified into personal crusades"

"Trivial Dispute is a working class story about groups who feel left behind, where ideas of patriotism, nationalism, class and wealth contend, filtered through the day-to-day experiences of the people they affect the most. As frustrating as Trevor is – certainly to the metropolitan liberal elite he despises – he is never a caricature and always a product of his age, status, geography and experiences, while Dixon Potter doesn’t make the unseen Ewan any less appealing"

"As Trevor, actor Neil Summerville gives a compellingly off-kilter performance of a man whose reputation is as prized as his classic car collection."

"The monologue neatly captures the voice of a generation of people who feel disenfranchised from the global pace and who are powerfully entrenched in their own worlds. We may not like what they have to say but as Dixon Potter creates a snowball effect within the drama it is clear how easily the individual and the state can lose control."

★★★★ Maryam Philpott for The Reviews Hub

“For those who find Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads” a little twee, Ian Dixon Potter has come up with an up-to-the-minute antidote” “Increasingly edgy as his tale unfolds, he holds out attention for the entire 40 minutes. The writing is equally consistent. The tone changes around the mid-point as we shift from everyday life into something considerably more personal and toxic”

“Worth a look as a lively diversion and bookmarking the channel for future episodes.”

★★★★ Theatre Monkey

Tales From The Golden Age

A series of monologues inspired by past and future

Golden Age Theatre Company productions, several of which will be performed at The White Bear Theatre in Autumn 2020.

The New Normal

 

The year is 2024. A dark cloud hangs over a broken and vastly impoverished nation, its influence and standing in the world severely diminished. What remains of the United Kingdom is isolated from its neighbours, the union with Scotland has collapsed and war had broken out across the heavily fortified Irish border. Society is riven with division and conflict creating an atmosphere of enmity and distrust. One half of the population despises and derides the other half. The authority of the populist government has been fatally undermined by their inept and short-sighted handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and the nation's chaotic and destructive departure from the European Union. Against this background and against all the odds, Dorothy has finally found a new carer.

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by Kate Carthy

News bulletins read by Robin Lustig

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

Adapted from 'Little England' by Ian Dixon Potter

“Carthy’s portrayal of the character is so highly convincing.” “Dark humour consistently permeates the show.” “The concluding remarks are a fine and intriguing twist, and a viable solution for the trio, though probably not one Dorothy had previously envisaged.” “This monologue is thought-provoking and absorbing.”

★★★★ Chris Omaweng for London Theatre1

Coming soon:

Marlowe's Ghost

William Shakespeare, now retired and living in Stratford-upon-Avon is haunted by the ghost of a fellow playwright, assassinated nearly a quarter century before.
Marlowe's Ghost provides an answer to two great mysteries; the reason why Shakespeare aged forty seven, retired at the height of his powers and also why he shunned the recognition due to him, even during his prolific years, to the extent that there are many who question the authorship of his plays.
“Two things motivate men above all else, the desire for immortality and the desire for revenge. In my work I satiated both desires but the latter was far stronger.”
William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon 1615

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

 

Adapted from 'The Dead Shepherd' by Robert Pope & Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by Mark Shaer

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

Coming soon:

The Triumph of Evil

In the closing months of the second world war the Nazis were determined to exterminate all remaining prisoners in their infamous concentration camps. They were planning to destroy all evidence of their atrocities before the allied armies reached the camps.
In a race against time, Swedish aristocrat, Count Bernadotte has to 'deal with the devil' when he enters into negotiation with SS leader Heinrich Himmler in a last minute attempt to liberate thousands of prisoners and take them to safety in Sweden. His experience demonstrates the truth of the old adage that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

Coming soon:

IAGO

In the wake of the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign, people from formerly under-represented groups have been elevated into positions of power and responsibility.  Most of us accept that for too long, able bodied white men have had an unfair advantage but not everyone agrees with positive discrimination.  Iago, an experienced soldier passed over for promotion in favour of Cassius, plots to wreak dreadful revenge on his commanding officer Colonel Othello.

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by Neil Summerville

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

Inspired by Othello by William Shakespeare

Coming soon:

A Strange Romance

Can you fall in love with someone if you don't know their gender?  Peter is about to find out when he falls for the sexually ambiguous ‘Blue’.

Their relationship poses a challenge to Peter’s identity, forcing him to face some difficult questions: To what extent are we all encouraged to conform to narrow culturally defined stereotypes, to label and to pigeon-hole ourselves?  Are these labels a form of straight jacket, by adapting to them do we compromise our true nature and can we defy the ultimate label of gender?

Casting caution to the wind, Peter’s passion for Blue provokes prejudice and hostility from friends and family in a tale of sexual liberation and shattered taboos.

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by Tom Everatt

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

Adapted from Boy Stroke Girl by Ian Dixon Potter

Coming soon:

Transhuman

Given the chance, would you choose to be immortal? To expand your mind beyond the boundaries of human experience?

What would it feel like to upload your consciousness to the cloud? Would you yearn for interaction with the physical world?

Transhuman explores issues of mortality, identity and personality - challenging our notions of what it means to be human.

Written and Directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Performed by 

Videography by Howard White

Original music composed by Neil Thompson

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