Beginnings – A New Writing Festival



MISSION STATEMENT – To encourage and develop new writing.

Beginnings is a one day festival of new writing.  We put a call out for new writing scripts of no more than 2,000 words (approximately 10 minutes) of brand new writing that has never had a public showing of any sort.

In conjunction with So&So Arts Club, Kat Rogers (of KatAlyst Production Company) and Louise Jameson are gathering a troupe of 10 actors to perform 10 plays this coming September, (13th September is the event day) *TBC

Kat Rogers and Louise Jameson will be directing all of the plays

Based on audience feedback the writer of the most popular play will go forward to receive a rehearsed reading (the following year/September/Autumn) of a more fully developed piece of the writer’s choice.

This first Beginnings Festival is the brain child of Kat Rogers and Louise Jameson in conjunction with So&So Arts Club.


Many thanks to all the writers who submitted their work. We had a really hard time shortlisting, and finally settled on 10 plays, we are delighted to announce the winning pieces are;

The Forum, or Henrietta’s Feet by Peter Rae

Keeping Mum by Laurel Green

After You by JS Skinner

When This Kiss is Over by Alan Diment

Juvenation by Carol Allen

Bruce by Lee Phillips

Fall by David McCormack

Pariah by Ross Adler

Scissor Sisters by Amy Connery

Tenebrae by Stephen Tomas



Corporate Work

Supplying Actors and Actress’s for the corporate sector

In addition to our theatre work, KatAlyst have a stock of talented actors and actresses who work in the corporate sector, offering trained, well informed practitioners for use within training, learning and development and HR functions. Our Role Players have worked in a variety of settings, (Corporate, Health & Safety and Outdoor events for example). All our actors are fully trained professionals and can offer a skill set such as normal role-playing scenarios, forum theatre, invisible theatre and film credits.

Our work spans across the live theatre in training, events work and corporate films sectors.

Recent works includes NHS contract work for Juice Learning, Bullying & Harassment Training, Reporting Hate Crimes contract with Imaginarium for Welwyn & Hatfield Council, University of Hertfordshire working with difficult customers with G-Wiz Learning and Development, Medical Role Play with Simpatico and a viral Advert and client testimonial work for Beausynergy

As Artistic Director and Lead actor for KatAlyst, Kat came to acting after having had a career in HR and Training, so she understands the needs of her clients and the overall required outcomes of the bespoke training courses on offer. The power of live theatre in training is a powerful tool which works in total synergy with known training styles and delivery, allowing participants to really explore and embed their learning of the subject matter of the day. Kat and her team have been working together with Imaginarium since 2008 to develop a specialist scenario/coaching and feedback/scenario format.

Sally Paffett

Sally Paffett plays Lindsay Libett in The House (The Maltings Theatre and The Bread & Roses Theatre 2017)
Sally Paffett-5 (002)Her recent theatre work includes Waugh in Winter (reading at the Jermyn Street Theatre) and Scattered (Etcetera Theatre). Her recent film work includes The Burying Party (Richard Weston), Ask Me Another (Bradley Porter), OFF (Joe Savage), Another Life (Javid Rezai) & All Of Them (Gabriel Henrique Gonzalez). She won Best Supporting Actress at the Madrid I.F.F. in 2016 and graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2014.