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I love it when a plan comes together

by Catherine Edwards on March 30th, 2012
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Reports have been coming in thick and fast from our readers this week, in preparation for the final selection meeting on Monday. We’ll discuss the plays with the highest scores, and will make a decision on the final three plays to be programmed in the Festival. Watch this space for further details.

Our Writing for the Stage course came to an end this week at the mac. Very positive feedback from the writers, and definitely something we’ll be looking to do again, and possibly expand, for next year.

Otherwise, the last bits and pieces of the programme are gradually coming together. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s going on, before the announcement proper next week.

Birmingham Rep are offering writers a first look at their online playwriting zone in a brand new workshop.

The University of Birmingham’s MPhil in Playwriting students have written five, 10-minute site-specific plays which will be performed in spaces across the mac building.

Stan’s Cafe are running a workshop looking at the writer’s role in the devising process, which will segue into a topical discussion on the crossovers and distinctions between “new writing” and “new work”.

Coventry theatre company Talking Birds host an evening of short plays based around the theme of “High Jump” as part of their 20th Anniversary “Decathlon” project.

From further afield, we’re delighted to welcome Soho Theatre and North West Playwrights, who’ll be, respectively, running a workshop and a “Pitch Party” (further details on applying for the latter can be found here).

BCU and the Screenwriters’ Forum have teamed up for a TV Drama Shoot Demo, where audiences can drop in and see a TV drama shoot in action.

We’re rounding off the Festival on Sunday 27th with a new spin on the global phenomenon of Pecha Kucha – inviting writers to come up with 6-and-a-half-minute plays in response to 20 images.

Alongside the main programme, there’ll be opportunities for writers and artists to drop in and have one-to-one surgeries with producers and practitioners, plus a dedicated networking event run by Red Teapot “sort of an Open Space with a cup of tea.”

We hope you’ll make some space in your diaries (24-27 May) to come and join us for some, or any of the Festival events. We’ll be putting together a Festival Pass for the intrepid amongst you, which will offer access to all the performances, rehearsed readings and panel discussions across the four days.

Full details will be available shortly on the mac website. We look forward to seeing you therein May.

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