Writer’s first play

Scarborough writer Roger Osborne’s first play The Art Of Persuasion will premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre today and tomorrow.

A senior government minister, Stephen, is adept at crisis management and when the Prime Minister is threatened from within his own party, action must be taken at any cost.

In a world of political intrigue, blackmail and betrayal are accepted methods of ensuring survival and power.

However when a journalist, Vanessa, becomes involved, it is clear that the press is a weapon to be both used and feared, as she, Steve, and his protégé Daniel quickly become entangled in a scandal of their own making.

Roger wrote and developed The Art Of Persuasion at Write Stuff, the adult writing class which is run by the SJT’s OutReach department.

This is his first play, although he has written several books, including The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology, and The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China.

His new book Of The People, By The People: A New History of Democracy will be published in November.

A professional team including director Chris Monks will bring a workshop performance to the stage in just two weeks.

The cast includes Janine Birkett (The Snow Queen, SJT); Mark Stratton (The Tempest, Northern Broadsides) and Samuel Taylor (who has recently graduated from LAMDA).

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked by calling the box office on (01723) 370541 or online at www.sjt.uk.com