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High Jump

Hosted by Talking Birds 
Friday 25th May, 6pm-7pm
Hexagon, £5/£3


In 2012 Talking Birds will be 20 years old. Perhaps less widely known, 2012 is also London’s Olympic year and so, to celebrate both those things, we are embarking on a year long project called Decathlon – ten artworks, each inspired by the decathlon’s ten sporting disciplines. It is designed to involve a wide range of people as participants and audience…without them having to don shorts or get out of breath. The High Jump is one of them.

Earlier this year, Talking Birds, in association with Capital Theatre Festival and Writing West Midlands, put out a call for submissions for 5 minute pieces (stories, monologues, plays) which engaged with the high jump, either metaphorically, or literally. The plays or stories needed to be completed – not part-works, or works in progress – but fully realised in, and embracing, the 5 minute form.

The winners are:

Hugh Dichmont – Yankee Zulu
Neill A. Edwards – The Cull
Liz John – Ready
Paula Wharton – The Uprising
Martin Tomms – Crack in the Sky
P.D.Freeman – We Didn’t Hang Around
Helen Kelly – The King is Dead
Alicja Shaw – Learning to Disappear

The plays will be performed as rehearsed readings on Friday 25th May.

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