The writer, cast and director of the Audience Award for Favourite Play will be invited
to either develop the piece into a fully-staged production or work together on a brand
new play. All with the support of 53two's FOUNDation programme.
When is it on?
Group One will perform on Tuesday 22nd January at 7.30pm
Group Two will perform on Wednesday 23rd January at 7.30pm
Group Three will perform on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm
The Final Six: Friday 25th January at 7.30pm
The plays and the groups they are in will be announced early in the New Year
Tickets are £8 per night, however, you can purchase a ticket for all three nights AND the
final for £24! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!!!
Of course we have to have rules.
You must vote for three plays.
You must see all the plays in any one night, which means latecomers and anybody who leaves in the interval because their mate’s show’s been on, will not be able to vote.
We’ll go through the finer details each night, but that’s about it, really.
Who is involved?
Details of this year’s participants will be revealed soon. Previous participants include:
Joseph Adelakun, Nicholas Agnew, Leon Annor, Debra Baker, Kate Bannister, Joy Blakeman, Chandrika Chevli, Tom Collinson, Tolula Dada, Tim Downie, Peter McEnery, Maroussia Frank, Sadie Frost, Don Gilet, John Hastings, Ross Howard, Mark Homer, Anna Jordan, Joe Lidster, Elf Lyons, Julie Mayhew, Kate McGregor, David Meyer, Ng Choon Ping, Kate Russell-Smith, Adam Smethurst, Maya Sondhi, Julia St John, Jennifer Tang, Ian Townsend, Kate Walsh, Tracy Whitwell and Mark Wright.
Details of this year’s industry panel will be revealed soon. Previous panelists include:
Jo Buckingham, Moira Buffini, Nigel Douglas, Rob Drummer, Patricia Hodge, Jo Melville, Tena Štivičić, Julia St John and Psyche Stott.
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The short play competition where the audience decides...
One of the UK’s most successful platforms for undiscovered writing, acting and directing talent has found a new home in the North. For five years, the Off Cut Festival was one of London’s biggest springboards for many new careers and working relationships, all born in the spirit of collaboration, camaraderie and friendly competition.
And always with a emphasis on audience engagement. After all, dear audience member, everything we do is all for your delight.
Over the next few weeks, 15 brand new short plays from writers around the country will be rehearsed and reworked by Manchester’s finest up, coming and already-arrived directors and actors, ready for performance at 53two at the end of January.
They will be shown in three groups of five plays, and the audience will then be asked to vote for their favourite plays. Top two plays from each group will go through to be performed again on the last day of the festival.
On the final night, the audience will be asked to vote on the plays again. What’s more a panel of industry professionals will be selecting their favourite pieces, too.
Each of these plays will be in the running for these awards:
The Audience Award for Favourite Play
The Audience Award for Favorite Performance
The Panel Award for Writing
The Panel Award for Directing
The Panel Award for Ensemble Acting.
FRIDAY 25th JAN!!
ALL 4 NIGHTS FOR JUST £24!!!