WELCOME TO MANCHESTER’S 24:7 THEATRE FESTIVAL: TEN GREAT NEW PRODUCTIONS IN ONE CONVENIENT LOCATION.

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What’s been and what’s happening at 24:7?

First Casting Call announced – Gary: A Love Story

Casting:

ANDREW, MID TWENTIES, MIXED RACE (BRITISH / JAMAICAN)

Andrew is thoughtful and intelligent, with a touch of bottled-up rage.

GARY, EARLY TWENTIES, MIXED RACE (BRITISH / JAMAICAN)

There’s something wrong with Gary. He’s enthusiastic, playful … but strangely damaged.

Deadline: Monday 25th May.

For more information visit our GET INVOLVED page 

24:7 Call for Volunteers

Every year the 24:7 Theatre Festival relies on a team of volunteers to keep
things running smoothly. It’s a Big Weekend this time, as you know – from 24 – 26 July – and we’re looking for a group of enthusiastic, hard working theatre lovers to help us out.

‘Really enjoyed it, has been invaluable in providing networking opportunities within the industry and I saw lots of local theatre free of charge!’

Areas for volunteering include Box Office, Bar, Back Office, and indoor & outdoor audience management.

As well as the opportunity to earn free tickets, you will get an invitation to the Big Closing Party! Training will be provided prior to Festival Weekend, so no vast experience is required.

‘I will definitely be volunteering in the future – I thoroughly enjoyed my
experience.’

If you’re interested, please email volunteer(at)247theatrefestival.co.uk for an
application form.

24:7 Festival Weekend 2015: This Year’s Plays

After months of submissions, adjudications, mentoring sessions and re-drafts, we are delighted to announce the FOUR plays (we were only looking for three…) chosen for this year’s Big Festival Weekend:

Gary – A Love Story by James Harker
Madness Sweet Madness by Georgina Tremayne
The Plant by James Kerr
We Are The Multitude by Laura Harper

Congratulations to the chosen four, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted, read, adjudicated and mentored for us. It’s been a great process.

Directing decisions and casting calls will be coming soon.

We are looking forward to the productions being performed from 24-26 July 2015 at the Martin Harris Centre, Manchester University.

WHAT IS THE 24:7 FESTIVAL?

The 24:7 Theatre Festival is a unique event, helping to promote new plays while developing the emerging talent of writers, directors, actors, producers and technicians. It has been held annually since 24 July 2004 (hence 24:7) and in that time some 166 productions have been seen in non-theatre spaces across Manchester, including hotels, bars and, in 2008, a music shop.

Scripts submitted  for the Festival undergo a blind adjudication process, with feedback offered at each stage. Writers making it through to the final stages receive mentoring and dramaturgical support, essential for writers serious about developing their scripts and careers.

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WRITERS

To further maintain and develop our unique relationship with writers, this year 24:7 is not only continuing to run writers’ lunches and writing events, but will offer mentoring support and one-off workshops. We are also hoping to offer dramaturgical support, rehearsed readings with actors, and discussion groups.

“Writers have always been at the forefront of what makes 24:7 unique,” says Writers’ Liaison Ian Townsend, “and in 2015 we intend to continue our support and encouragement. It really does show how passionate 24:7 is to develop emerging writing talent, helping writers get to grips with their plays and how to make the best of them.”

Following successful scratch nights, where plays written under strict conditions in a tight timeframe are performed by 24:7 Players, further opportunities will be available to help motivation and inspiration. And Writers’ Lunches are a great way for writers to come together to discuss various topics, or just to help with focus and ideas.

Watch this space for the next events in the calendar!

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