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Saturday 23 November

*Ticket deal: 3 for £12 on starred events. Call box office for details: 0121 446 3232.

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.

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

2 degrees
A work-in-progress sharing
Written by Jonathan ap Emrys
Co-directed by Robert F. Ball & Jonathan ap Emrys
The Hexagon, £5*

2 degrees image (2)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 +



3.30pm: Workshop – Writing for Performance
Performance Studio

Francesca writes and makes performances by starting with objects, obsessions, research and everyday stories. With a mix of devising and writing exercises participants will work with generating different ways of interrogating  objects and story telling to work towards a small solo performance at the end of the session. We will be working around themes of the translation of other people’s words, reading between the lines, biography and telling small histories as stories. The workshop will include performing and the reading out of words written.
Workshop participants will need to bring along paper/notebook and something to write with. If you have a tablet internet phone etc…capable of Wifi connection that you don’t mind bringing with you that may be useful.

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.

6pm: A Conversation With My Father
By Hannah Nicklin
Mentored and supported by Third Angel.
Hexagon Theatre, £10 (£8)

A Conversation with my Father imageThis is a story about my Dad (a retired policeman) and me (a protestor).

It’s a story about fear, bravery, what it feels like to be kettled, SuperTed, the Lone Ranger, policing the people in front of you, and being sent out of class. It’s about working out what matters, and standing up to protect it. It’s about Them and Us.

It’s about me, and my Dad.

There are also some jokes in it. Because serious things are worth laughing at a little bit.


Mentored and supported by Third Angel. Supported by ARC Stockton, Theatre in the Mill, and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from Embrace Arts and Sheffield Theatres. 

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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