This month, 19 of the UK’s most exciting writers will be showcasing their plays as part of a new online festival featuring performances from the public.
Theatre Centre, in collaboration with Theatre503, will be bringing the ImagiNation Festival to your screens from 29th to 31st August. This new online event will see the culmination of their national storytelling project, which has been collecting the public’s own performances during lockdown.
Over the three days, ImagiNation will showcase 19 short plays with live Q&As from the writers. The festival aims to broadcast a digital patchwork of the nation, using the recorded submissions from across the country, sharing a multitude of voices.
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 event embodies a sense of community and shared experience.
Theatre Centre received more than 160 recordings of stories from the public, involving more than 500 participants from local communities. A mix of organisations and individuals from all across the UK took part, including schools, friendship groups, youth groups, families and charities.
The ImagiNation plays were written by 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.
Will you be tuning in to this unique collaborative festival?
When: 29th – 31st August 2020, 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Online via YouTube