Hampstead Theatre New Writing Festival to feature leading playwrights

Playwrights Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Tanika Gupta will take part in this year’s Hampstead Theatre New Writing Festival.

The event, now in its second year, will run at the venue from September 10 to 15 and will also involve work from both Paines Plough and Talawa. As part of the festival, a new ‘epic’ work-in-progress by Ravenhill will receive its first reading, while leading writers such as Gupta, Amy Rosenthal and Gary Owen will team up with emerging talent to create a series of works billed as “daring pairings”. The duos have been given two weeks to write and four weeks to develop 50-minute scripts from scratch, which will then be performed as rehearsed readings at the festival.

The festival will culminate with Kelly working with four young writers to create four new plays which will be performed by the Heat & Light youth company.

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