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The New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival 2 – 4 October 2020

We are happy to announce the next New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival from 2 to 4 October 2020.

This event, based on the successful inaugural New Writing / New Normal Theatre Festival in July 2020, will expand its horizons to include more contributors from around the world.  

To that end, we are currently looking for actors, directors and playwrights based outside of the United Kingdom to be a part of the festival: Over a thirty-six hour period, new plays will be written, rehearsed and performed via a digital platform.  If you based outside of the UK and are interested in participating, please email us at HAHN@HOTMAIL.CO.UK with a CV and state if you would like to be considered as a director, playwright or actor for this festival.  We are also looking for one or more stage director.
All contributors will be paid via a profit-share of the box office.

Brief Outline of Event:
Friday – At the opening event for all participants, a single theme will be chosen at random from a range of topical themes submitted by the participants; based on that theme, the playwrights will create a play over the next 24 hours.  Production teams including a playwright, a director and actors will also be randomly selected.   From Friday, the playwright writes to the theme within the parameters of number of actors and Zoom rehearsal / performance. 

Saturday – Pieces are submitted to the directors and the rehearsal process begins.Sunday –  On Sunday afternoon, the pieces are premiered.  After the performance, we all head to the [virtual] pub.

New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, 17& 18 July 2020.

The Common Air Theatre Company is producing the New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, a 24 hour festival of new writing under the new normal of virtual creation and performance.

Over a twenty-four hour period, new plays will be written, rehearsed and performed via a digital platform. If you are interested in participating, please email us with a CV and state if you would like to be considered as a director, playwright or actor for this festival. We are also looking for one or more stage director.

Brief Outline of Event:

Friday – At the opening event for all participants, play themes will be chosen out of a virtual hat alongside production teams including one playwright, one director and one or two actors.

From Friday night to Saturday morning, the playwright writes to the theme within the parameters of number of actors and Zoom rehearsal / performance.

Saturday –
Pieces are submitted to the directors and the rehearsal process begins.
On Saturday evening, the pieces are premiered.
After the performance, we all head to the [virtual] pub.

Sunday –
Debrief

The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties

I am producing a virtual theatre festival, The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties, as part of wider solidarity against any such authoritarian creep in the UK and abroad.  The name of the festival derives from the phrase that is used to describe the creep currently occurring in Hungary under Viktor Orban.  As he explains, the Peacock ‘Dance’ is his choreographed negotiations carefully executed which is intended to fool his counterparts across the table.His ‘dance’ posits that after removing 100% of our freedoms, gaining back 80% of these freedoms will feel like ‘normalcy’ with scant realisation that the goalpost have moved.


For the online festival, I am seeking new or previously produced work that addresses this or other such authoritarian creep from the past.  As part of the festival, I am co-facilitating a workshop at Monobox with actors that will explore this subject matter from a performer’s perspective.

Please be in touch if you would be interested in being involved in this project.