CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF NEW THEATRE-MAKING
The 2014 Festival saw 10 one-hour plays première in Manchester’s New Century House, former head office of The Co-operative Group. With three venues, a bar, one central box office, and a large function room, having all the shows under one roof worked a treat and gave a real community feel to this year’s 10th Birthday celebration.
The Festival this year also included a specially commissioned play written by two writers on opposite sides of the globe, 24:7’s first ever Convention, four rehearsed readings plus an extra one courtesy of Oldham Coliseum, a live-lit event, The Big Slam, hosted by poet Tony Walsh (aka Longfella), a birthday ballad, a second performance by a family involved in the first ever Festival in 2004, the annual quiz, and writers’ workshops.
The 24:7 Theatre Festival is a unique event, helping to promote new 1-hour 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.
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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