Writers stay up all night to produce new play
WHILE most of Bolton was fast asleep, a group of writers shunned their beds for a night of creativity to mark 10 years of a festival.
The Octagon Theatre hosted a creative sleepover last night (Thursday) for writers to celebrate the 10th 24:7 Theatre Festival.
The results of the event — at which writers from the past 10 years of 24:7 shared their stories — are being performed at the Octagon tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm.
David Slack, executive Producer of 24:7 Theatre Festival, said: "The Octagon has been a big supporter of 24:7 for years, so I'm delighted that we can collaborate once again.
“An opportunity for our writers to get together, be inspired, write and share their work can't be passed up. The showcase in the Studio tonight will be a bit special, I hope lots of people will want to join us."
The 24:7 festival is an annual celebration of theatre, which nurtures the writing, directing, performing and producing talent of tomorrow and brings new drama to the people of Greater Manchester.
Last night’s event was led by the Octagon’s associate director Elizabeth Newman.
Throughout the evening, and into the early hours of the morning, participants took part in a range of writing activities, creative tasks and celebrations.
They then worked on short scripts which will be shared in an evening of exciting new theatre in the Octagon’s Studio tonight where theatregoers can support new writing talent and see a script in development.
The 10th annual 24:7 Theatre Festival took place in July, following its launch in Manchester city centre in 2004.
Despite having no finance, the inaugural event attracted 1,600 audience members in one week and, since then, tens of thousands have been treated to a variety of shows, from world premières to readings.
Preparations are under way for next year’s calendar anniversary, taking place in July.
Tickets for tonight cost £5, visit octagonbolton.co.uk or phone 01204 520661.
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