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Full Programme Announced for 20-24 November

by Catherine Edwards on November 8th, 2013
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“Investing in talent.”

Capital Theatre Festival is delighted to announce its 2013 programme of inspiring new plays and performances, taking place at mac birmingham from 20-24 November 2013.

Bringing together writers, artists and theatre-makers from Birmingham, the West Midlands and across the UK, the Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to sample the eclectic range of new work currently being developed throughout the region and beyond.

Production Capital is our flagship performance showcase, comprising of new shows by exciting writers and theatre-makers. We are delighted to host Ugly Duck, a new comedy by acclaimed playwright and former Coronation Street actress Deborah McAndrew; The Disappearance of Sadie Jones, a contemporary dream play by poet and playwright Hannah Silva; and A Conversation With My Father, an autobiographical piece about politics and protest by theatre-maker and performer Hannah Nicklin.

Development Capital is a packed programme of readings and works-in-progress – a place for playwrights to test out their work with in a supportive, creative environment. Plays include Joy Child by Royal Court writer Christopher Adams (in a pioneering collaboration with Birmingham’s Theatre Exchange) and City Melodies by Birmingham writer Lorna French (in partnership with Stone Crabs Theatre Company). There is also a chance to see sneak previews of new works by solo performers Francesa Millican-Slater and Jonathan ap Emrys.

Workshops will run throughout the festival, offering writers the chance to develop their Industrial Capital – looking at the nuts and bolts of building a career. Hannah Silva will explore the use of sound and language in Playing with Words, Deborah McAndrew will tackle the issue of place and regionality in developing a story in Falling into Place, while dramaturg and director Caroline Jester will look at the thorny issue of Re-Drafting Plays.

Social Capital will play host to a series of networking events, including a Discussion Forum exploring the topical concerns of contemporary British theatre, and a talk with playwright, blogger and theatre campaigner Fin Kennedy, author of the In Battalions report into how Government cuts to the Arts Council are affecting new play development in the UK.

Venture Capital offers a space for experimentation – of new ideas, scratch performances and cross-art form collaborations. Acclaimed Birmingham poet Ben Norris will curate an exciting quadruple bill of spoken word meets theatre in Biting Tongues. Local writers will have the chance to chip in and create a brand new play across the space of three days in our performance installation, the Writers’ Relay. And the festival will culminate with a celebration of local creative talent as over 30 actors and directors tackle the question of “do we all get more right-wing in hard times” in Capital Festival: Theatre Uncut.

Join us for a programme of exciting and inspiring new work. Tickets will be on sale from the mac website very shortly.

Capital Theatre Festival is hosted and supported by mac birmingham, and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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  1. Christine Steenfeldt permalink

    Hi there-
    It looks like being a truly memorable and inspiring festival. One question – do you have to book for the various workshops that are running throughout the festival?

  2. Catherine Edwards permalink

    Hi Christine – thank you, we’re certainly looking forward to it!
    Yes, the workshops can be booked via the mac website:
    Hope to see you there,

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