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

Call For Scripts for our Big Festival Weekend,       24 – 26 July

The window is now open for script submissions to be considered for our Big Weekend at the Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester.

Once you’ve looked at our Get Involved page on this site, you can CLICK HERE to register on the submissions site (if you haven’t already) and then submit your script before midnight on 1 March.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


As part of the recent Re:play Festival at HOME Manchester

War Stories by Emma Gibson and Rob Johnston.

The Tongue Twister by Luke Walker.


24:7 productions nominated for Manchester Theatre Awards

Best Fringe Production:

The Tongue Twister by Luke Walker

In My Bed by Rebekah Harrison


Best New Play:

In My Bed by Rebekah Harrison


Best Fringe Performance:

Olivia Sweeney in In My Bed

John Weaver in Afterglow


The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Northern College of Music on 13 March 2015.



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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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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