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In summary:

As 24:7 only operates for one week a year, it seems right to give you a lot of choice and a bit of variety when we’re here!

So this year, apart from the 10 full one-hour productions and four rehearsed readings that you’ll have heard about, we have four After Hours sessions, all starting at 10:30pm:

Tuesday 27th July: Scriptworks on tour. An excellent format for writers, where excerpts of new scripts will be presented and discussed and you can chip in!

Wednesday 28th July: Short Film Night. Three UK short film premières, from Matt Greenhalgh, William Ash & Andrew Knott and Janet Harrison. All made in the north west by people from the north west. Kevin Bourke, arts writer and broadcaster, will host the event and chair a Q&A session with the writers. Tickets £3 on the door.

Friday 30th July: Q&A on New Writing. Chaired by Elizabeth Newman, Assistant Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, a panel including David Thacker, her Director, David Eldridge, a playwright, and Matthew Dunster, a playwright and director. Put your questions to people with an overview of the industry both in the region and in the UK.

Saturday 31st July: Comedy Sketch Night. 10 short new comedy sketches in competition before your very eyes! Will you spot the next comedy star? Tickets £3 on the door.

Some Nights in detail:

Short Film Night: Wednesday 28th July @ 10:30pm

This year, the 24:7 Theatre Festival is also celebrating the medium of film.

On Wednesday 28th July, critic Kevin Bourke will host a selection of exciting short film UK premières. 

Each film is exciting in its own unique way:

“Acid Burn”, the story of an LSD user Acid Burn that takes you into a world of all night acid house parties fueled by magic mushroom tea. It was written and directed by Matt Greenhalgh, BAFTA Award-winning writer for the big screen (Control, Nowhere Boy) and features model Agyness Deyn in her first acting role.

“Whilst waiting for contracts to be sorted with my current HBO job I decided to write and direct a short film,” says Matt. “Short films, as with plays and poetry, can be far more creative. Acid Burn was great fun and is turning into a pretty good calling card for future projects.”

"Resting" is a short film written and directed by William Ash (Burn It, Waterloo Road) and Andrew Knott (Lockwood in The History Boys). Actor Iain Mckee turns in a brilliantly funny performance as the reluctantly reclusive Adam. A man who's battling to stay positive as he nervously awaits the
news that might just stop him from going over the edge.

“Master Motivator” is a comedy written by Janet Harrison and directed by Noreen Kershaw. Local businesswoman Janet produced this film by combining her entrepreneurial resolve with a passion for writing and acting. Noreen Kershaw has directed Coronation Street and Shameless among many others and, as an actor, was the original Shirley Valentine!

The film stars our very own 24:7 Chairman John Henshaw (Looking for Eric, the Post Office commercial manager). It follows care home worker, Bill Graham, who has a secret ambition to become a motivational speaker. Master Motivator is his alter ego, with the catchphrase “If you think you can, you can!” It’s a comedy.

What do these three films have in common? Collaboration, friendship, resolve, calling in favours – and they’re all Northern! Join us to enjoy both the films and a Q&A with the creators. It promises to be something special. And at three premières for £3 it’s a bargain!

Comedy Sketch Night: Saturday 31st July @ 10:30pm

As 24:7 is about new, text-based productions – and we all enjoy a good laugh – it seemed appropriate to host a Comedy Sketch Night. On Saturday 31st July our After Hours session will present 10 original, fresh and, hopefully, hilarious sketches. None of them will be longer than 5 minutes long and the usual 24:7 rules apply: minimal set, minimal props and no budget!

An industrious panel of comedy connoisseurs will pick an overall winner on the night. And the prize is one that money can't buy: a one-to-one mentoring session with Gill Isles, producer at Baby Cow, Manchester – Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s company.

Find out who the top tickler of the Festival’s funny bone will be. Just £3 will get you into this not-to-be-missed comedy spectacular!