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First Day!

by Rebecca Whelan on May 24th, 2012

Info stall in the lobby of macCome one, come all, to experience the delights of the Capital Theatre Festival!

We launched the Festival today with a plethora of different events, a veritable smorgasbord of new writing and thinking. We kicked off at 10am with Caroline Jester’s workshop on Online Collaborative Playwriting, in which we examined the new and exciting angle the Internet can offer to the creative development of new plays. We even encouraged our newly enlightened playwrights to produce their own short plays within the workshop – so watch this space for cutting edge new works!

We’ll follow that with an On Call networking discussion in the Arena Bar from 12-2pm, supported by Midpoint. Today we’re focusing on taking new plays to the Edinburgh Festival, so if you’re interested in getting a wider audience for your work, intrigued to get a producer’s perspective, or simply fancy a chat and a drink, come along and get involved!

Today also marks the beginning of our collaboration with two Universities. Birmingham City University, in association with Th Screenwriter’s Forum, are hosting a drop-in TV drama shoot demo from 1-4pm. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your favourite TV shows, this is the event for you! The students will be filming a short script in a variety of different ways, giving you the chance to see the tweaks and techniques that go into producing top-quality dramas.

The University of Birmingham will also be on the scene for the launch of their 5×5 performances today. Five MPhil students have produced five short plays reflecting on society, community and current events, which will be performed from 2-3pm in five different and unique locations around the mac. This unusual experience is not one to be missed!

We’re thinking digitally in the afternoon, with a panel discussion from 4-5pm and a Digital Edge Pitch Event from 6-7pm in association with North West Playwrights. The advent of social media and digital technology has the potential to revolutionise playwriting as we know it, and these two events will examine how they can best be harnessed in two different ways. If you’re interested in the debate, come along at 4pm, or if you fancy playing the judge, come along to see some pitches at 6pm.

Perhaps the most exciting thing of all today is the début of our two newly-commissioned plays, Sean Burns’ Calyx and Rob Joiner’s Without A Hand To Hold. These plays have been hand-selected from our competition entries to provide the most enjoyable and intriguing experience possible, and the writers have been working tirelessly with our teams to produce two top-quality plays that are a definite must-see. What would be a better after-work treat than two outstanding examples of new writing? Come along to Calyx at 7.30pm, or grab something to eat first and catch Without A Hand To Hold at 9pm.

With all these exciting new events, who can believe that it’s only the first day? And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got an equally thrilling schedule prepared for tomorrow! Stay tuned for details of more fabulous events!

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