Playwrights United by Family Ties; TWO Local Playwrights Will Have Their Work on Show in Europe Next Month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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Byline: GORDON BARR

TWO North East playwrights are to have their plays performed as part of the prestigious Prague Fringe Festival later this year. Rosalind Wyllie and Alison Carr, both from Tyneside, have been chosen out of hundreds of international submissions for the festival, which takes place from May 28 to June 5 in the Czech capital.

Under the name Rascally Scoundrels, the two writers, along with director Degna Stone, have written and produced a double bill of plays called Blood & Money.

The trio joined forces last year and this is their first collaboration.

The two short plays are linked by the idea of sisters, of relationships stretched to breaking point but held together by that family tie.

Carr's emotional drama Blood sees Susan track down her younger sister Elle to the scruffy back yard of an equally scruffy flat.

Fifteen years ago, their 11-year old sister Charlotte disappeared. A recent grim discovery has provided a long sought-after resolution, but Elle has her own idea about Charlotte's fate.

In Wyllie's dark comedy Money, Tina and Simon have everything. They are beautiful, loaded and blessed. Now all they want is a baby.

But Tina's far too posh to push, so when Jeanie's life falls apart Tina sees a perfect opportunity. …