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A packed programme of readings and works-in-progress

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER (Ticket Offer: 3 shows for £12)

2pm: ‘My Dearest Girls…’ The Letters Book
A work-in-progress sharing
Written and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater.
The Hexagon, £5

My Dearest Girls imageSolo performer Francesca Millican-Slater, shares an early stage new work based on a letter’s book written between 1917 – 1920. The book contains the letters of six young women connected by schooling together. Against the background of War they keep in contact through round robin letters addressed to all.

These are tales of everyday life; of life as a farmer’s wife, as a farmer’s daughter, as a nurse, an office worker, a carpet factory worker and a dance teacher. There is gossip and hint of scandal, reprimands and reprisals, tales of dancing for royalty, skating in the moonlight, fiancés on the frontline and how to feed 100 chickens while on rations.

Francesca shares these women’s words while framed in the context of the 21st century.

This piece is being developed by Francesca Millican-Slater, with Producer Pippa Frith in partnership with Arts Alive, with support from Pentabus

3pm: 2 degrees

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work-in-progress sharing

Written by Jonathan ap Emrys
Co-directed by Robert F. Ball & Jonathan ap Emrys
The Hexagon, £5

They met in a multi-storey car park, all lost and desperate. Now, after all these years, they are meeting again, one last time. Their lives have changed dramatically; beyond everyone’s expectations. But no matter how far they have come, they will always remember who they were and what they did.

Warning – Contains strong language. Age recommendation 16 +

4pm: Rehearsed Reading - Joy Child
by Christopher Adams
Foyle Studio, £5

facepicTwo brothers, their wives, and their young sons share a small flat with their dying mother. When tragedy strikes, the after-effects take an unusual form.Joy Child, a stage adaptation of a short story by Chinese author Yu Hua, explores the nature of revenge and the promise of ‘the future’.

Christopher Adams attended the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Studio Writers Group. He was a 2011-2012 US Fulbright scholar to Shanghai, China, where his play Shelter was produced by the Shanghai Repertory Theatre. His short plays have been performed in London, Dublin, and Birmingham


SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER (Ticket Offer: 3 shows for £12)

2pm: Rehearsed Reading
City Melodies
by Lorna French
Directed by Tanja Pagnuco of StoneCrabs Theatre Company
Hexagon, £5

City Melodies image 1Six people. One event that will scar them for life.

Anya arrives in London from Romania with dreams of a good job teaching music and a big flat. Her boyfriend Jamie has musical aspirations of his own.

Miss B is desperate for Cherise to stop with all the street slang and just speak the Queen’s Henglish. But Dawn would be happy if Cherise just said one word, any word, to her after all that’s happened.

And JT? Well JT’s looking up. Always. Dreaming of that one record beating jump that will change his life.

But in one instant all their lives are linked by what they witness and, despite their differing versions of English, they all struggle to articulate the same truth.


Writers’ Relay
Hexagon, £5

The Writers’ Relay is the culmination of a performance installation, written and performed by you. A typewriter was set up in the foyer of the Hexagon Theatre, with the aim of creating a play within three days. Writers were able to book slots at the typewriter, taking turns to tell the story. The pages were pinned up on the wall, showing the play as it unfolded. On Saturday night, the script was handed to a director and group of actors. Here are the results.

Capital Theatre Festival: Theatre Uncut
Hexagon, £5

Scissors NOTEXTTheatre Uncut was created to get people thinking, talking and taking action.

The idea is simple. Playwrights are asked to write brand new short plays in response to the current political situation. These scripts are then made available for anyone to perform anywhere rights free for a limited period creating the Theatre Uncut Festival of Mass Action. Theatre Uncut is led by artistic directors Emma Callander and Hannah Price.

To find out how you can get involved please visit