THE Festival Of New Writing next week is a new venture giving up-and-coming writers from Sheffield and beyond a chance to give life to their unpublished theatre script.
The Lantern Theatre will be supporting writers in providing directors and actors for performances, along with the opportunity to showcase their work in the picturesque setting of the Sheffield venue.
Work chosen by the panel could be performed on the Nether Edge stage by the theatre’s resident amateur group, The Dilys Guite Players (DGP). Performances run three consecutive nights from Thursday.
Speaking to Ebony Nembhard, festival organising team member TJ said the festival is part of a vision to turn the Lantern into a community-based arts centre, providing a creative outlet for people to watch, and be part of, professional and amateur shows.
“We wanted to give up-and-coming writers the chance to see their work on stage, an opportunity generally not available to many.
“Members of the local community have given us an overwhelmingly encouraging response, from auditioning to acting in or directing pieces themselves to submitting unpublished work for consideration.
“We want to celebrate what talented, keen and creative people we have within our community and give them a chance to have work seen in a charming theatre on their doorstep. We just need the rest of the community to show support on the nights.”
TJ says the three-day event has stirred a lot of interest, not least as budding writers could get work produced.
“I would say our biggest challenge is meeting own vision - to offer new writers, directors and actors this creative outlet for their work, while supporting them throughout the process to develop in their particular field as a result.
“We were determined to ensure we were giving writers the best platform to début their work by finding and selecting the best director and cast for each particular piece, and it has been worthwhile as we are have extremely talented people giving their all to ensure this project is a success. Hopefully this will be an opportunity we can provide a number of times per year.”
Tickets, priced £2, via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and on the door. Visit www.lanterntheatre.org.uk for more or find the ‘Lantern on Twitter @TheLanternSheff.