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Capital Theatre Festival opens next week

by Catherine Edwards on May 18th, 2012

Capital Theatre Festival launches its new programme at the mac from 24-27 May. Filled to the brim with exciting plays from up and coming new writers, it’s a chance for audiences to experience the very best in contemporary new theatre. Download the brochure here.

Festival Passes are available to book: £42 for a full pass or £24 for performances only.

Birmingham writer Rob Joiner is among three people selected from a national call out in January. His play,Without a Hand to Hold, will be premiered at the Festival, alongside calyx by Newcastle writer sean burn and Cuddles by Bristol-based Joseph Wilde.

Rob graduated from the University of Birmingham’s prestigious MA in Playwriting Studies in 2010. His plays are described as “bold, lyrical and confrontational” by acclaimed playwright Steve Waters. He currently lives and works in the city, and is delighted that his play was chosen for production: “It’s a fantastic opportunity and a big step for me as a writer. My play is a very simple story about two blokes trying to get through life. I work in central library and you see a lot of people who’ve maybe lost their jobs and people on the margins who are really struggling. You don’t tend to see those people on stage, so it’s partly about giving them a voice.”

Capital Theatre Festival started life at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in November 2010. This year, it’s evolved into a broad programme of new writing activity, celebrating the talent that Birmingham has to offer, as well as attracting theatre-makers from across the country. From hospital porters to vampires, from the Tyne Bridge to the Isle of Scilly, the plays take the audience on a journey of imagination, while saying something very relevant about the world we live in today.

The Festival includes writing workshops from Soho TheatreBirmingham Repertory Theatre and Stan’s Cafe, plus an evening of short plays hosted by Talking Birds and a new slant on the global phenomenon of Pecha Kucha. Students from the University of Birmingham have also been working on plays that will take the audience across the whole building, from the bar to the upstairs toilets.

The Festival is run in association with mac birmingham and will run from 24-27 May 2012. Tickets can be booked via or tel. 0121 446 3232. The full programme can be found

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