24:7 honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are proud to share this:

“I am writing to inform you that 24:7 Theatre Arts Network was nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016.

“The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”

In 2002 we started to plan a showcase in Manchester that would feature new plays and on 24 July 2004 the first 24:7 Theatre Festival was launched. We have now produced a dozen Festivals, premièring almost 180 one-hour plays, and have provided practical help to a large number of emerging theatre-makers. None of this would have been possible without the support, diligence and dedication of hundreds of people and participants who have volunteered their time, services and expertise.

We will receive the Award at an event on 4 July and want to share it with as many of our network as possible. There will be a Gathering in mid-July for you who have been involved with 24:7 since 2002 to celebrate all your hard work and also have your photo taken with the Award. We’ll put together a Big 24:7 Album for sharing, including your memories and photos from over the years. More details soon.

Many congratulations to all the members of our splendid network!

We’re always happy to hear from you. Email us with your reactions and comments: info@247theatrefestival.co.uk

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Over the years, to maintain and develop our unique relationship with writers, 24:7 has not only run writers’ lunches and writing events, but offered mentoring support and one-off workshops. We have also offered dramaturgical support, rehearsed readings with actors, and discussion groups.

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