Hull Truck launches new playwriting festival

Nuala Calvi
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Hull Truck Theatre is to showcase the work of nine up-and-coming writers at a new annual playwriting festival from June 26-28.

PlayWrite 07 features three plays of 90 minutes each, based on stories inspired by the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery, with every writer expected to contribute a third of a script.

The participants have one month to create the plays, which will be presented as rehearsed readings directed by Hull Truck associate director Nick Lane and literary development manager Steven Jon Atkinson.

Atkinson told The Stage: “It’s the first time we have run a writing festival in this way, where writers are given a narrative which they then go away and write segments of to create a play.

“They’re going to be a bit more provocative than the plays we normally do here – it’s an attempt to engage with the more cutting edge themes of the city, such as immigration and integration.”

One play, based on the theme of pride, will address the uncomfortable relationship between Hull residents and the city’s new Eastern European community, another will tackle sexuality and the third is about a “mad priestess” who convinces the media she is a prophet.

Writers have been chosen from Hull Truck’s newly formed PlayWrite Course and its National Student Drama Festival workshops earlier this year, with participants ranging in age from 18 to 60.

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