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Social Capital

Informal networking events running throughout the festival


6pm FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Welcome and Festival Overview
Hexagon (Free). Email to reserve a place.

Talk: In Battalions
Fin Kennedy

Photo by Phil AdamsA one hour talk and Q&A with playwright, blogger and arts 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. Fin will tell the story of how a chance meeting with Culture Minister Ed Vaizey gave rise to the report, summarise its findings and impact, and describe its next phase – a Delphi study which is trying to find solutions to the problem. Fin will also outline some lessons he learnt along the way for anyone thinking of taking on something similar.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays for theatre and radio are produced in the UK and abroad. Since 2007 he has been writer-in-residence at Mulberry School in East London, for whom he has co-founded a theatre company and written six plays. In 2009 they won a Scotsman Fringe First, the first time a school has received one. Fin has just launched Schoolwrights, the UK’s first playwrights-in-schools training scheme, and from November 2013 he will take up his new role as co-Artistic Director of Tamasha.


6pm: Panel Discussion – Developing a Career as a Freelancer
Hexagon Theatre, Free

Going freelance is a full-time job. But what are the benefits and pitfalls of being your own boss? Join writers, producers and theatre-makers as they discuss how they combine their artistic and professional development with the need to make ends meet. How do you find the best people to work with? What does a “portfolio career” really mean? And will Bank Holidays ever be the same again?


2pm-5pm: Discussion Forum
Foyle Studio, Free

More structured than an Open Space, less formal than a panel dicussion, this forum is a chance to air your views on the topics of the day. Includes an introduction to the REP Foundry programme and a debate on opportunities for BME writers in the UK.


Meet the Playwrights
Join us in the mac bar for a chance to meet and chat with all the writers who have been involved with the Festival this year.