Finborough Theatre to Present VIBRANT 2013 Playwrights Festival, 6-25 Oct.
Curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson and produced by Luke Holbrook for the Finborough Theatre, now in its fifth consecutive year, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre - the coalface of British Theatre - presents Vibrant 2013 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, its annual explosion of new writing, running between 6-25 October 2013.
Directed by Jennifer Bakst. Alexi Kaye Campbell. Bethan Dear. Emma Faulkner. Andrew Keates. Gene David Kirk.Purni Morell. Chris New. Steven Paling. Max Pappenheim. Dan Pick. Eleanor Rhode. Stasi Schaeffer. Vik Sivalingam. Blythe Stewart. Kate Wasserberg. Phil Willmott.
This year's festival features 17 staged readings of new works by 18 UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre, including a musical, a translation of a verbatim theatre piece, work from two of our new Playwrights on Attachment Steven Hevey and Louise Monaghan, as well as a unique opportunity to see for the first time in Europe the controversial play that led to the prosecution and deportation of its producer from Uganda.
Concentrated solely on full length works for the stage, Vibrant 2013 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights continues to introduce you to some of the fascinating diverse vibrant voices we have nurtured. A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the UK's most exciting theatres as we continue to discover and develop tomorrow's plays today, brought to life by some of the UK's most talented actors and directors.
Since the first festival in 2009, our Vibrant festivals have included 62 new plays, 15 of which have gone on to be produced in full productions at the Finborough Theatre including Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill, The Man by James Graham, And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace, Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten as well as the forthcoming Carthage by Chris Thompson, and Craig Adams and Nona Shepphard's musical version of Thérèse Raquin. Plays that went on to be produced by other theatres included Bull by Mike Bartlett at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; The Stock Da'Wa by David Eldridge at The Hampstead Theatre Downstairs; and City Love by Simon Vinnicombe, shortly to open at The Bussey Building, Peckham.
With a success rate that is the envy of many UK theatres, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK's most exciting new playwrights including James Graham, Laura Wade, Mike Bartlett, Sarah Grochala, Jack Thorne, Joy Wilkinson, Simon Vinnicombe, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten.
It is the only theatre without public funding to be awarded the prestigious Pearson Playwriting Award bursary for writers Chris Lee in 2000, Laura Wade in 2005 (who also went on to win the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, the George Devine Award and an Olivier Award nomination), James Graham in 2006 (also subsequently nominated for an Olivier Award), Al Smith in 2007, Anders Lustgarten in 2009, Simon Vinnicombe in 2010 and Shamser Sinha in 2012. Three bursary holders (Laura Wade, James Graham and Anders Lustgarten) have also won the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play written by a bursary holder. Artistic Director Neil McPherson won The Writers' Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing in 2010, and has twice won the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.