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 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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