dinner and a show

All artwork by the INCREDIBLE Nanny Potts. 


dinner and a show was a two-year development program that brought new writing into a shared social space. All the writer needed was a willingness to share their work.

Every month, a different writer was invited to participate. Artists were arranged to read the work and a home-cooked meal was provided for all those attending. The writer’s draft was read by the group and then discussed over dinner. The discussion was facilitated by program directors (and cooks) Julian Dibley-Hall and Liv Satchell.

It was our greatest pleasure to run dinner and a show. We wanted to provide a practice-based coming together by using the ritual of a shared meal as a framework for discussing new work.

This zine (above) is a collection of some of the work shared with us during this time. For each writer, you’ll find a statement of context for their excerpt, as well as a few pages from the script they brought to the dinner.

This program was only made possible by the generosity of the SBW Foundation and the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.

We would like to thank all our writers and readers for their generosity, and also extend a special thanks to the incredibly gifted Hannah Cox for these custom illustrations.

Much love,

Liv and Jules x



Georgie Harriss – The Puppet Regime

Amelia Newman – Ghosts are Real

Jai Leeworthy – Dogshrine

Alberto Di Troia – Big Things

Fiona Spitzkowsky – Laura

Charles O’Grady – ghostboy

Hayley Lawson-Smith – The Nativity Play or We Three

Genevieve Atkins – Bedtime Stories for Girls

Jane e Thompson – Standing on the Steps of Private Planes


Angus Cameron – in the mirror, darkly

Christopher Bryant – The Great Dark Spot

Fiona Spitzkowksy – The View From Up Here

Jane E. Thompson – The Narcissism of Small Differences

Eric Gardiner – BARON バロン

Emily Sheehan – Fucked Up White Girls

Hayley Lawson-Smith – Fly

Brendan McDougall – Sorry I Love You

Grace De Morgan – Quite Drunk Very Jesus-y