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by Catherine Edwards on November 8th, 2013
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The festival is happening in just two weeks time at mac birmingham - there’s a huge amount going on and we’re keen to get as many people involved as possible.

Here’s how you can take part:


We are launching an exciting project called the Writers’ Relay, which is half performance installation, half collaborative play. A typewriter will be set up in the foyer of The Hexagon Theatre from 21-23 November, 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. Email for more info and to book your slot.

We are also running a series of workshops throughout the week, linked to the main productions. If you want to refresh your skills, or come along and learn something new, have a look through what’s on offer:

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 Performanceled by Francesca Millican-Slater (23 November, 3.30-5.30pm)


We are delighted to be taking part in the national event that is Theatre Uncut on Sunday 24 November, a mass theatrical response to the question “do we all get more right wing in hard times”. Theatre Uncut commissioned seven short plays from UK playwrights and we are looking for actors and directors to come together for a day’s (paid) rehearsal and present the plays in an explosion of spontaneous political verve. Email with your CV.


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 are offering a ticket deal on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th – 3 shows for £12. See mac website for details.

We very much hope to see you there.

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