If you want to see the finest in new short plays where you as an audience member can influence which winners will be offered the opportunity to develop their piece into a fully-staged production with Manchester Actors’ Platform then get yourself down to 53two this week.
For five years, the Off Cut Festival has been one of the UK’s most successful platforms for undiscovered writing, acting and directing talent, the festival now has a new northern home and takes place between 22nd and 25th January.
Over the past few weeks, 15 brand new short plays from writers around the country have been rehearsed and reworked by Manchester’s finest up-and-coming directors and actors, ready to be performed to audiences over three nights. They will be shown over three nights with five plays performed each night, the audience will be asked to vote for their favourite plays each night. The top two from each group will then go through to be performed again on the last day of the festival, Saturday 25th January. The audience will then vote on the plays again alongside a panel of industry professionals who will also be selecting their favourites to decide the winner.
Producer Simon Naylor from Manchester Actors’ Platform and FOUNDation/53two said “OFFCUT fills a hole that has long been empty. It embraces all of the qualities we strive for in independent and fringe theatre and provides the perfect platform to showcase and launch careers alongside celebrating the brilliant spirit and bond that this city has.”
The performances have been broken down into the following groups
22nd Jan – 7:30pm
Home Fires Burning by Kevin Cuffe
Summerland by Brian Coyle
The Fish and the Sea by Jeff Nolan
Born on the Right Side by Maddie Wakeling
Grow by Gemma Langford
23rd Jan – 7:30pm
Home by Alexandra Keelan
Best Friends by Lewis Charlesworth
FOMO by Curtis Cole
Here We Are by Anne Price
There’s a Fly in My Room by Rachel McMurray
24th Jan – 7:30pm
Tortoise by Naomi Westerman
Tremble by Rob Johnston
To Sleep by Stephanie Lacey
Granola by Gemma Whiteley
Click by Chantelle Dusette
25th Jan – 7:30pm
The six plays, chosen by the audience over the previous three nights, are performed again. From them, the winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Play will be developed and fully-staged at 53two.
Tickets are £8 per show
£24 for OFFCUT PASS to all 4 nights
Unwaged tickets at £2 available every