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Friday 22 November

All day: 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.

10am-1pm: Workshop – Falling into Place
Exploring how location informs dramatic writing
Led by Deborah McAndrew, £10

Falling into Place imageA practical workshop looking at the relationship between place and character. Deborah McAndrew’s play Ugly Duck is firmly rooted in the industrial heritage of the West Midlands, and the characters evolve out of that sense of place and community.  Drawing on themes raised by the play, this workshop examines how space in all its forms can help tell the story.

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.

6pm: Biting Tongues
The Hexagon, £5

Biting Tongues is a unique opportunity to see 4 spoken word artists present new pieces of longer work, in collaboration with a theatre director. Biting Tongues is about the things we say and the things we don’t, exploring the dramatic potential of poetry in an exciting quadruple bill.
Lorna is an actor and playwright and is interested in merging these talents with her poetry to create a triple uber art form that will one day rule the world.

A word sayer and saxophone player, amongst other things, Lily is in her second year of studying English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. GSOH essential.
Carl Sealeaf has performed at open mic stages and festivals around the country, using his blend of harsh realism and vivid imagery to share unique and personal stories.
actor / writer / to blame for the UK’s first inter-university poetry slam championships.
His second full-length play, Method, runs at the University of Birmingham from 6-8 December.


8pm: Ugly Duck
A new comedy by Deborah McAndrew
Foyle Studio,  8pm
£10 (£8)

Ugly Duck imageStoke bloke, Dennis Hancock wouldn’t win any beauty competitions. A life long Port Vale fan, Dennis is rapidly declining in middle age and inexorably sinking into the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

In desperation he answers an advertisement in the local paper for an artist’s life model. But when troubled young artist Kat Drosdzowski begins to paint him, Dennis finds himself exposed in more ways than one…

Warning – contains nudity not of a sexual nature. Age recommendation 14 +

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