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Rose Theatre Kingston launches new festival for emerging playwrights

Winner of the Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship, Fay Lomas Fay Lomas, who will curate Rose Theatre Kingston's new-writing festival
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A festival of new writing is being launched by the Rose Theatre Kingston, designed to “nurture and promote the fresh voices of emerging playwrights”.

The festival will take place between September 9 and 13, and is being curated by Fay Lomas, who was recently named the inaugural Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellow.

The festival will feature three plays, selected from a shortlist of 10, which will be developed and directed by Lomas and presented as rehearsed readings.

Each of the plays shortlisted will receive a feedback session. In addition, the theatre will run workshops aimed at introducing young people to playwriting. Through these workshops, the Rose said it wanted to “encourage and empower young people from a wide variety of backgrounds to tell their own stories, and to think about playwriting as a medium for expression”.

Lomas said: “New writing really is the lifeblood of theatre, and its future – and so it’s both exciting and important to nurture and promote the fresh voices of emerging playwrights. I am excited to read through all the applications and very much looking forward to welcoming applicants to the Rose this autumn.”

Early-career writers are invited to submit a full-length play for a cast of up to five actors. Submissions can be made until August 19.

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