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

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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF NEW THEATRE-MAKING

The 2014 Festival saw 10 one-hour plays première in New Century House. With 3 venues, a bar, one central box office, and a large function room, having all the shows under one roof worked a treat and made a real community feel to this year’s 10th Birthday.

The Festival this year also included a specially commissioned play written by 2 writers on opposite sides of the globe, 24:7’s first ever Convention, 4 rehearsed readings plus an extra one courtesy of Oldham Coliseum, a live-lit event called The Big Slam, a birthday ballad, a performance by a family involved in the first ever Festival in 2004, a quiz, and writers’ workshops.

THE FESTIVAL

The 24:7 Theatre Festival is a unique event, helping to promote and develop new 1-hour plays, as well as the emerging talent of writers, directors, actors, producers and technicians. It has been seen annually since 2004 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.

Plays 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 offering space for people to write in, together with 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 now we can offer space, support and encouragement. It really does show how passionate 24:7 is to develop emerging writing talent, and 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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