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The Festival will  take place from 20-24 November 2013, hosted and supported by mac birmingham.

The programme features a variety of performances, readings, workshops and discussions, celebrating the new work currently emerging from Birmingham and beyond.


We are running a series of workshops throughout the week, linked to the main productions. Aimed at writers who would like to explore the art and craft of writing for the stage, these workshops focus on the nuts and bolts of developing a career as a playwright. They include:

Playing with Words, led by Hannah Silva (20 November, 2-5pm)

Re-drafting Plays, led by Caroline Jester (21 November, 10am-1pm)

Falling into Place, led by Deborah McAndrew (22 November, 10-1pm)

Writing for Performance, led by Francesca Millican-Slater (23 November, 3.30-5.30pm)

There is also the chance to get involved in an exciting new project which falls under the Venture Capital strand:

Writers’ Relay

The Writers’ Relay is a performance installation, written and performed by you. A typewriter will be set up in the foyer of The Hexagon Theatre, with the aim of creating a play within three days. Writers will be able to book slots at the typewriter, taking turns to tell the story. The pages will be pinned up on the wall, showing the play as it unfolds. It’s a chance for writers to work together in creating a new performance piece, and for the audience to see the writer at work.


If you would like to volunteer for the Festival, please email We are particularly looking for people who will be available during the day, Thursday-Saturday, to oversee the Writers’ Relay performance installation.


There is a host of things to see and do at the Festival, from full productions to rehearsed readings and new ventures. We welcome your thoughts and contributions on all the events taking place.

If you would like to find out about regional opportunities, please visit our opportunities page.