Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Finger Food Shorts is an evening of new short plays. A tantalising, eclectic mix of genres and exciting voices. 


Following in the footsteps of Slung Low Shorts (Leeds) and JB Shorts (Manchester), comes an evening of theatre and entertainment exclusive to Liverpool. 


Seven Northern writers (emerging or already established in their own fields) will be putting pen to paper for our debut performances in 2022.

A TV writer at the top of her game. A journalist & prolific blogger. A spoken word artist. A singer/songwriter. A writer of children's fiction. A playwright.

Produced and directed by Soulla Tantouri Eriksen, Finger Food Shorts will run for two nights at

the Playhouse Studio in Liverpool and is supported by New Works at the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres.


For this, its first year, Finger Food Shorts will explore the theme of ‘secrets’ through a diverse collection of monologues, and promises to deliver an unforgettable evening.



Writers for 2022

Lisa Holdsworth

Lisa won her first UK TV commission in 2001 on Fat Friends. She then joined the writing team of the long-running soap Emmerdale for three years, before heading off to write


New Tricks, winning the Royal Television Society's Yorkshire Best Writer award for one of her episodes.

Since then she has written for Waterloo Road, Robin Hood, Midsomer Murders, Ackley Bridge, Call The Midwife, All Creatures Great & Small, and Discovery Of Witches.

For theatre, she wrote Rugby Songs for Slung Low Theatre Company and Black Teeth & A Brilliant Smile for Freedom Studios.

Alison Down

Alison is an award-winning writer and deviser based in Liverpool, and specialises in work for children and young people.

Her BIFA-nominated short film Flight won Best Film in The


Bucharest International Film Festival,
and in September 2014, Alison was a Finalist at BAFTA Rocliffe's Children's Forum with her family feature Dai The Voice.

Alison has been mentored by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny and film producer Caroline Cooper Charles (North West Vision Film + Media/Creative England.

In her spare time, she's a very proud adoptive mum.

Saphena Aziz

Saphena is a singer/
songwriter/vocal coach/choral director, and now playwright.

She co-founded Sense of Sound and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival

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Hall for Yoko Ono's Meltdown.

As a songwriter, Saphena has composed soundtracks for BBC Radio dramas,
and as a vocal coach and choir director she worked on the BBC series The Choir, as well as supporting X-Factor contestants.

Currently, Saphena is developing her own Liverpool-based choir, Vocality.

She is passionate about all things theatrical and vocal.

Joe Taylor

"Just Joe", as he's best known, is an up-and-coming spoken word artist, who emerged on the Liverpool poetry scene in 2018.

He has performed at numerous prominent Liverpool venues

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from the Everyman Theatre to the Cavern Club and he recently performed at an event hosting esteemed British rapper Lowkey.

Joe is set to write and publish a
collection of his poetry called The Manifestations Of A Capitalist Society,
a book aimed at highlighting the
different symptoms of our societal structure and to help people ask important questions and find clarity through poetry, as he has.

Marj Morgan

Marj is a writer and playwright with a body of work created around the main theme of identity and society.

Her play Let Them Eat Cake was
short-listed for the

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Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing
Awards 2018, and featured at Unity Theatre as part of Homotopia's 2018 programme.

Other stage plays include The Thin Red Line, which was showcased at Hope Street Theatre in October 2018.

Marj has also written and produced a series of plays including Daddy's Boy, installed at Tate Liverpool, and Enigma Stigma, shown at the Everyman Studio, C34, and the Unity Theatre.

Gary Bainbridge

Gary is a journalist and screenwriter from Liverpool.

He wrote a nationally syndicated weekly column for 10 years, and provided material for the comedians Adam Kay and Dave Gorman, contributing


to four series of the Dave TV shows Modern Life Is Goodish and Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply.

His comic play Shelf Life, co-written with Griff Phillips, was performed at the Canal Cafe Theatre in London.

He is a writer and designer at Bus Stop Editorial Services, and travels a lot on buses.

Pegeen Murphy

Pegeen is an actor (The Octagon, Oldham Coliseum, Hope Mill Theatre, BBC Radio, and Burn Bright) and writer. Her writing has won the Manchester Monologue prize (Royal Exchange), 


the LocalTale short play prize (Royal Exchange), and the One Night In Bolton prize (Octagon Theatre).  Her work has been performed at the Royal Exchange, The Octagon Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Burn Bright, and BBC Radio.

Soulla Tantouri Eriksen

Soulla is a graduate of the Liverpool Uni Screenwriting MA, having left secondary school teaching to pursue her dream of writing for the screen. Her first feature script placed in the top 10% of more than 6,000 scripts for the 

PAGE International Awards, and in the top 20% for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.

Soulla has since taken part in both the BBC Casualty and EastEnders shadow schemes,


Producer & Director

and her radio play Time Out was a finalist for the BBC Radio 4 Alfred Bradley Award. Most recently, she has worked in two writers' rooms, including an original animation for Netflix.


Liverpool Playhouse

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th March 2022


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Supported by New Works at the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres