Monday, July 24th, 2006 at 10:26 am
Posted by Jenny Hudson
The third 24:7 Theatre Festival begins today and runs until 30 July. 17 new plays will be performed in a number of non-theatre venues in Manchester, all within strolling distance of St Peters Square tram stop.
Preparation for the annual festival begins in January, when writers and performance companies are invited to submit new or previously unpublished scripts of up to 60 minutes in length. A shortlist is then selected and 24:7 provides a number of networking events where writers can meet actors, directors, technicians etc. to enable them to put together their performance. And today the fun begins!
I’ve been to a number of the 24:7 plays over the past couple of years and there’s nothing like it. The venues are comfortable and intimate and the writing, directing and acting are all superb. It makes a really good night out and you can fit in more than one performance in one evening and still have time for a few drinks! Or, you can take a long lunch and sit back and enjoy what the city’s newest talent has to offer.
Full listings and booking information can be found at www.247theatrefestival.co.uk.