Ray and Doreen

by Mel Pennant

Ray wants to enjoy a quiet drink with his wife Doreen at their local pub, just as they have done for years.

But a moment from their past that has never been spoken of will change this particular quiet drink and their lives forever.


Dan Armour | Pauline Armour.

Creative Team

Director: Julia Stubbs | Director of Photography: Alfred Thirolle | Production Assistant: Laurel Marks | CONNECT co-ordinator: Emmanuel Nwosu.

Produced by Kate Bannister and Karl Swinyard of The Jack Studio Theatre as part of the CONNECT 2020 project.

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CONNECT at the Jack

Mel Pennant is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She graduated in 2014 with an MA in Screenwriting at the London College of Communication. In 2013, she won the Jack Studio Write Now 4 award where her play, No Rhyme, had a two-week run. Mel has been involved with the Tamasha Theatre Company writing for the Barbican Box. She’s been in a week’s development programme at the Barbican with six young actors and written a short play called Smile in collaboration with the National Archives. Smile was shown at Rich Mix and was turned into a radio play. In 2017, Mel was also shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award for her play A Black Fella Walks into a Bar.

In 2018/2019, Mel was awarded a place on the Hachette/Tamasha pilot scheme for aspiring playwright/novelists and is currently developing her first novel, The Corpse on Bute Street.  Mel was commissioned by the Belgrade Coventry Theatre and Tamasha to collaborate on a project which would have been available for Coventry’s City of Culture in 2021. Mel’s play, SEEDS, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour and produced by Tiata Fahodzi, Leeds Playhouse, Wrested Veil, Tara Finney Productions and Soho Theatre had just commenced a national tour when lockdown halted production.