The Actors Centre has announced a week-long festival to provide a platform for graduates who had their showcases cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Curated by Ameena Hamid Productions, the festival will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre from July 6 to 10.
There will be two performances each day: one to an invited industry audience and the other to family, friends and public audiences.
Theatre programme manager Mitchell Reeve said: “Performing in your final showcase is such a vital part of the drama school experience and, moreover, provides an essential platform to launch your career.
“Due to these current unforeseen circumstances, so many graduates were robbed of this opportunity and we want to offer a stage for them to perform the pieces on which they have spent so long working.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ameena Hamid on this festival, who is already doing incredible work shining a spotlight on actors whose showcases have been cancelled. We are looking forward to a dynamic and diverse display of emerging talent.”
Reeve added that the building is due to reopen on June 22, but if theatres are required to remain closed for longer the Actors Centre will “make this festival happen whenever it can”.
Hamid said: “I am so excited to be curating this festival, to see more work from graduates who have worked so hard and give them a chance to be spotlighted.”