14/48 The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival is giving 12 young Leicester writers the opportunity to have their plays performed in Leicester, Wolverhampton and Seattle on Monday 29th May. 14/48 Takeover International will be closing this year’s Spark Children’s arts festival by staging 2 plays written by young Leicester writers, 1 play written by young writers from Wolverhampton, and 1 play written by young people in Seattle.

The plays will be written by young people over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May, with 12 young writers in Leicester teamed up with Professional Playwright Alison Dunne, and Youth Theatre Director Paul Rogers. All Leicester based activity takes place at The Y, East Street, with the project funded by Arts Council England.

So what’s so quick about it? The regular 14/48 festival sees 14 plays written and performed in 48 hours, with writers given just 10 hours to write a ten minute play, and casts given just 10 hours to bring the productions to the stage. 14/48 Takeover International will see 4 plays written by around 28 young people in 3 cities over a 48 hour period. The plays are then handed over to around 75 professional theatre-makers with directors and cast drawn at random, and given just 10 hours to prepare for a family friendly performance at 6pm complete with set, costume, and music from a live house band.

Performances are to be filmed in all three cities, and uploaded online, giving the young writers the chance to see their writing staged in 3 ways by creative teams in each city.

Writing Workshops will take place at The Y on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May from 10am to 3pm each day. Performances will be on Monday 29th May from 6pm.



Chris is a Sparrow.

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