Feature: Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOR THE second year running, a host of stars will take part in
the Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays, a fundraising event
in which six new plays are written, rehearsed and performed in
a single day.
Among those expected to participate on Sunday, June 19, 2005,
are Gael Garcia Bernal (pictured), Brooke Shield, Nick
Moran, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Saffron Burrows, Damian Lewis,
Greg Wise and Gina McKee.
Proceedings do, in fact, begin on
the evening of Saturday, June 18, when six writers (among them
Roy Williams, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Steve Waters), six directors
and as many as 24 actors gather at the theatre , bringing no more
than a prop and costume each.
After working all night and through Sunday, the resulting six,
ten-minute plays will be premiered that evening in a gala performance,
introduced by the Old Vic's artistic director, Kevin Spacey.
Last year's inaugral event raised £50,000 for the theatre's
Old Vic New Voices developmental work.
And this year, the concept is being extended to budding actors,
writers and directors in a second event which will take place
on July 31.
Ticket prices range from £50 to £500 for a VIP package.