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Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

Theatre preview

FOR THE fifth consecutive year, Finborough Theatre is presenting Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. An annual ‘explosion’ of new writing, it runs from October 6 to October 25, 2013.

This year’s festival features 17 staged readings of new works by 18 UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre, including a musical, a translation of a verbatim theatre piece, and work from two of the venue’s new Playwrights on Attachment, Steven Hevey and Louise Monaghan,

There’s also a unique opportunity to see for the first time in Europe The River and the Mountain by Beau Hopkins, the controversial play that led to the prosecution and deportation of its producer from Uganda.

Concentrated solely on full length works for the stage, Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights continues to introduce audiences to some of the fascinating diverse vibrant voices nurtured at the Finborough.

As well as Beau Hopkins, this year’s playwrights include Craig Adams, Bekah Brunstetter, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Bill C. Davis, Chris Dunkley, Amy Evans, John AD Fraser, Dameon Garnett, Sarah Grochala, Steven Hevey, Nicholas de Jongh, Louise Monaghan, Clare Prenton, Milo Rau, Shamser Sinha, Stuart Slade and Al Smith.

And this year’s directors are Jennifer Bakst, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Bethan Dear, Emma Faulkner, Andrew Keates, Purni Morell, Chris New, Steven Paling, Max Pappenheim, Dan Pick, Eleanor Rhode, Stasi Schaeffer, Vik Sivalingam, Blythe Stewart, Kate Wasserberg, Phil Willmott and Sam Yates.

Since the first festival in 2009, the Vibrant festivals have included 62 new plays, 15 of which have gone on to be produced in full productions at the Finborough Theatre.

These include Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill, The Man by James Graham, And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace, Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten as well as the forthcoming Carthage by Chris Thompson, and Craig Adams and Nona Shepphard’s musical version of Thérèse Raquin.

Plays that went on to be produced by other theatres included Bull by Mike Bartlett at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; The Stock Da’Wa by David Eldridge at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs; and City Love by Simon Vinnicombe, shortly to open at The Bussey Building, Peckham.

To find out more about Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2013/vibrant.

William M. Hoffman’s As Is continues at Finborough Theatre until August 31, 2013.