Titchfield’s New Writing Season to showcase six premières of new plays in 2019
2018 has been a hugely successful year for Titchfield Festival Theatre with no fewer than 30 plays performed throughout the year, together with the completion of a major theatre renovation project.
Next year promises to be an equally exciting 12 months for the theatre, the UK’s largest and most prolific amateur dramatic company. 2019 sees the launch of Titchfield’s New Play Season allowing several excellent new and up and coming writers the chance to have their plays performed by the company’s membership of first class actors. Six new plays are scheduled in the programme, all of which showcase the talent of local writers of all ages – and which have an equal proportion of male and female playwrights.
Kevin Fraser, Artistic Director of Titchfield Festival Theatre explained why the charity Trustees decided to support the creation of a New Play Season: “Every month local writers send us their plays and approach us, hoping that we will agree to perform their productions.
This made us appreciate the amount of great writing that exists in our community; exciting new plays which challenge the boundaries and provide opportunities for emerging new writers to see their plays performed to local audiences. It can be extremely difficult to get your play into production – and as a charity, we see it as an important part of our role to encourage, develop and nurture creativity and local talent.”
The first play in 2019 is The Saga of Ken and Sandra, a risqué comedy written by Jules Garvey-Welch, which opens on January 9th and runs until the 19th. This is then followed by a wide range of new plays covering different genres; classics, comedies, thrillers, ghost stories and a two short plays about the invaluable contribution working women played in World War 1.
The season finishes with a series of new short plays during March, performed by both the Titchfield Youth Theatre and a week of new short plays written by members of the Titchfield Festival Theatre Playwrights’ Group. Full details of the New Play Season may be found on the website http://titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/.
The interest in this new initiative has been so strong that planning is already underway for a 2020 programme. If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please get in touch.
To celebrate the start of the New Play Season, there will be a Meet The Writers reception to which the media and members of the public are invited to on 16 January 2019 at 6.30pm at Titchfield Festival Theatre. All the Directors and writers of this year’s new plays and play selection through to December 2019, members of the Theatre’s creative team will be present and short excerpts from forthcoming productions will also be performed. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please go to http://titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/or contact our Box Office on 01329 556156.