International Festival of Playwriting and Performance
Trinity College London's first ever International Festival of Playwriting and Performance took place on the 18 & 19 January 2013 at the Unicorn Theatre in London. This exciting two day festival included an array of events including plays, live music, workshops and more.
Details of the 2014 International Festival of Playwriting & Performance will be available shortly.
Highlights from the festival
The Last Word - winner of Plays for Young Performers
The Last Word, written by Christina Maiden, is a comic look at words and how they work. Set in the land of Dowsr, the play explores the chaos that follows the breakdown of the country's word-making machine. It was performed and directed by Gallions Primary School from Newham, London.
A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars - winner of Plays for Teenage Audiences
Written by Mariama Ives-Moiba, A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars is a gritty play about three teenagers who have fled civil war in Sierra Leone to stay with an aunt in London. It was performed and directed by WAC Performing Arts & Media College.
Three workshops ran during the festival, exploring different elements of theatre.
Writing Plays for Young People with David Wood OBE
David Wood, an internationally acclaimed children's playwright and author, gave a talk and Q&A session covering the practicalities of writing plays for young people, and explored why such plays are necessary.
Writing Reviews for Theatre with Jake Orr
This informative and interactive workshop explored top tips for writing reviews for theatre and included lessons on structural approaches, writing for print and online media, and analysing samples.
Shakespeare for Children with Dr Bruce Wall
This was a short, fun and interactive workshop for children, looking at the works of Shakespeare, as well as words and how they work. It followed on from the Friday afternoon performance of The Last Word, and the pupils who took part enjoyed every second of it.
Music throughout the festival was provided by the wonderful Aske's Quartet.
A walk-in exhibition featured the International Playwriting Competition in film and photography, a musical theatre showcase screening and an Arts Award photography display.