ImagiNation Festival

London theatre news: Wednesday 12 August 2020

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Theatre Centre in collaboration with Theatre503 present ImagiNation Festival, an online festival showcasing plays written by 19 of the UK’s most exciting writers.
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Theatre Centre have joined forces with Theatre503 to present ImagiNation Festival - a new online event that will stream on YouTube from Saturday 29 to Monday 31 August between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

Showcasing 19 short plays across three days, as well as live Q&As with the writers, the festival aims to broadcast a digital patchwork of the nation, using the recorded submissions from across the country to share a multitude of voices.

The ImagiNation plays were written by 19 of the UK's most exciting writers: Jon Brittain, Ryan Calais Cameron, Alex Critoph, Zinnie Harris, Matilda Ibini, Asif Khan, Geraldine Lang, Bethan Marlow, Eoin McAndrew, Nicholas McQuillan, Nessah Muthy, Amy Ng, Chinonyerem Odimba, Lettie Precious, Leo Skilbeck, Julie Tsang, Daniel Ward, Timberlake Wertenbaker, and Roy Williams OBE.

Highlighting the connective power of storytelling at a time when we have been so isolated, the ImagiNation Festival seeks to show the talent, creativity, diversity and breadth of the nation.

Combining a mixture of montages and stand-alone pieces, using highlights from the public's submissions, the Festival embodies a sense of community and shared experience.

After each film premiers, they will be made available to view online.

Theatre Centre has received over 160 recordings of the stories, which saw over 500 participants get involved.

Local communities, organisations, individuals, schools, friendship groups, youth groups, families, charities, and organisations all across the UK (including Electric Sunshine, Papergang Theatre, Taking Flight Theatre, Act your Age and Crisis) embraced the opportunity to get creative during lockdown and have shared their interpretation of the stories to make the Festival possible.

Rob Watt, Artistic Director of Theatre Centre said ...

"The ImagiNation Festival is testament to the brilliant, creative and sometimes outlandish submissions we have had from across our nation and the truly awesome words from our 19 writers.

Our hope is that the festival captures a moment in these extraordinary times."


Onlne - Theatre Centre's YouTube channel


Saturday 29 August

16:30 - Tactile Nature by Daniel Ward

16:45 - Up in Your Head by Jon Brittain

17:00 - Long Distance Call by Eoin McAndrew

17:15 - Falling by Roy Williams OBE

17:30 - Shuga_B*tt by Ryan Calais Cameron

17:45 - Say Something by Chinonyerem Odimba

18:00 - Writers Q&A

Sunday 30 August

16:30 - A Three Year Old In Lockdown by Asif Khan

16:45 - Gasp. Exhale. by Bethan Marlow

17:00 - Chinny Chin Chin by Leo Skilbeck

17:15 - The Great Big Green Ham by Nessah Muthy

17:30 - All Noise by Jule Tsang

17:45 - Being Human by Timberlake Wertenbaker

18:00 - Writers Q&A

Monday 31 August

16:30 - Chinese Takeaway by Amy Ng

16:45 - SKY by Alex Critoph

17:00 - The Pillow Whispers by Matilda Ibini

17:15 - Silence by Zinnie Harris

17:30 - Karaoke by Gerladine Lang

17:45 - Human Again by Lettie Precious

18:00 - The Apple Pickers by Nicholas McQuillan

18:15 - Writers Q&A


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