New Festival Celebrates Local Playwrights

A Press Release we can’t be bothered to rewrite, but that might interest you:

Birmingham playwright Helen Kelly heads up a talented team of writers
whose work is being showcased at a brand new festival in Birmingham.
Capital aims to celebrate and promote the plays currently being
developed in the West Midlands and beyond.

Helen graduated from Birmingham University’s prestigious MA in
Playwriting, established by David Edgar, and has carved out a
successful writing career. She has had plays produced by the Stephen
Joseph Theatre, The Orange Tree and Chalkfoot Theatre Margate, where
she was writer in residence. The Festival will give Birmingham
audiences a chance to see a sneak preview of Helen’s new play
Catchment Christians,which will be staged by Friction Theatre Company
in Birmingham next Spring.

The Festival will be held at The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
from 22-27 November 2010, and will include a series of rehearsed
readings, a showcase of short plays and an opportunity for the public
to contribute their reactions to Cameron’s vision of the “Big

Using the backdrop of the current political and economic climate, the
festival will provide an informal platform for writers to explore
their ideas, test out new work and engage new audiences.

Capital has asked five established writers to respond to Cameron’s
call for “people power” in his vision of a utopian new way of
thinking. The result, Small Plays about Big Society will be performed
by the company on Friday 26th November.

Capital is also delighted to announce a special one-off performance of
Vanessa Oakes’ sell-out show Kindness of Strangers. First commissioned
by Warwick Words in 2009, this funny and touching show deals with the
vulnerability of ageing and grief, and explores the distance between
intimacy and friendship.

Catherine Edwards, Festival Curator, says “it’s very important,
especially in these straitened times, for writers to be able to
respond to the issues of the day, and to have an outlet for their
work. I’m hoping that Capital will form the basis for an annual new
writing festival which will showcase the talents of regional writers,
actors and theatre-makers.”

Tickets from just £5 are available to book by telephone: 0121 200
0946/ 0845 680 1926 or online Visit the Old Joint
Stock ( or Capital Plays
( for details of the full programme. Contact
the Old Joint Stock directly for details of the Festival Pass: see 5
shows for just £25

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