“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow”
The lottery winner and the overnight success are the exception. Most of the time you have to do the work in order to succeed. And while doing the work doesn’t guarantee success – not doing the work certainly guarantees failure.
Not that failure is a bad thing. Not when we learn from our failures and get back up and try again. No artist, athlete, or entrepreneur has every succeeded without failing. The difference, it seems, between those that succeed and those that don’t is often perseverance.
Unfortunately, we’re a culture focused on the quick fix in the form of success and diets and personal growth. We want to be able to tone our abs while sitting on the couch; lose weight by eating one miracle food; succeed in business without really trying.
But, life is never that simple.
If you want to better yourself, in any way, it takes work and effort. Time and time again the wisdom of the ages speaks to us – before you can harvest the fruit you have to grow the tree.
You don’t become a concert pianist overnight. It takes years of work and dedication. It also takes talent. But even the most talented musician would not succeed without countless hours of practice.
Of course, sometimes even those without talent have a driving ambition to succeed.
That’s the theme behind my play: Never Give Up – a ten minute comedy about going after your dreams.
Never Give Up is about playwright Nigel Davenport who has been entering the Short Cuts Playwriting Festival for years. He’s never won, in spite of submitting hundreds and hundreds of plays. So, when Nigel gets a call from Artistic Director Todd Sparks, he thinks his luck has finally changed, that is, until he meets with Todd and Todd tells him that they’d like him to stop submitting to the Festival because he’s a terrible playwright. In fact, three members of this year’s reading committee resigned, two were treated for depression and one tried to commit suicide all because of Nigel’s plays. But instead of giving up, this only inspires Nigel to try harder and figure out how to write an award winning play that will win the festival.
Never Give Up, is one of eight plays premiering at this year’s King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia from June 17th to 19th. The production is being directed by Ron Wesman and stars Simon Bonnington as Nigel and Blaine Schumacker as Todd.
The King’s Shorts Festival makes live theatre accessible to audiences, playwrights, directors and performers in order to allow all these groups the opportunity to participate in the experience of live theatre. In addition, based solely on the written scripts, Theatre Nova Scotia selects and awards a first and second place winner. Audiences who come to the festival vote for their favourite play and the winner is presented with a People’s Choice Award after the final performance.
This year’s King’s Shorts plays and playwrights are:
The Agency Sent Me
- Playwright: Jim Prime, New Minas, Nova Scotia
- Director: Verilea Ellis
- Cast: Ashlea Viola, Paul Lalonde, and Penelope Domries
Chase the Ace
- Playwright: Charles Salmon, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Director: Carolyn Crowell
- Cast: Margie, VanBinsbergen, and Wayne Currie
The Darwin Club
- Playwright: Rachel Cooper, Canning, Nova Scotia
- Director: Gail Chester
- Cast: Brian Rice, William McCormack, Alex Hancock, and Henry Bent
- Playwright: Sue Higgs, Head Jeddore, Nova Scotia
- Director: Jane DeWolfe
- Cast: Elizabeth Rhymer and Daniel Marsh
- Playwright: Gene Dejoie, Sherman Oakes, California
- Director: Kelley Pozzolo
- Cast: Donnie Carter, Freeman Butland, and Joey Lajoie
Never Give Up
- Playwright: James Hutchison, Calgary, Alberta
- Director: Ron Wesman
- Cast: Simon Bonnington and Blaine Schumacher
- Playwright: Mark Redmayne and Santiago Arcila, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Director: John MacEachern
- Cast: Oliver Wilkes, Bruno Jennings, Angela Fischer, and Dave York
Top the Timer
- Playwright: John Anthony Brodston, Omaha, Nebraska
- Director: Jeff Styles
- Cast: Scott McQuillan, Doug Glenen, and Clinton Chester
As a non-profit performing arts centre King’s Theatre’s mission is to forward the development of cultural, artistic and educational exchange by offering a wide range of stage performances, concerts, independent films, and other cultural events designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.
Theatre Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization committed to encouraging and supporting all aspects of live theatre in Nova Scotia through its programs and services.
Never Give Up was workshopped through the Alberta Playwrights’ Network Wordshed program with the participation of Trevor Rueger, Christopher Hunt, Elinor Holt and Julie Orton. The Alberta Playwrights’ Network assists in the development of both plays and playwrights through a number of different development programs.