At 10pm on Thursday 11 July 2013, 5 writers meet for the first time and have until 8am the following morning to write a brand new 20 minute play for 4 actors they have never met. At 9am on Friday 12th July, 5 Directors meet for the first time and are allocated one of these plays each. They meet their cast of 4 actors for the first time, rehearse and at 8pm that night, perform without scripts in front of a paying audience.
Kevin Spacey calls it, “An adrenaline rush like no other!”
That rush comes to Bath’s Rondo Theatre in July.
Bristol based Theatre Company Roughhouse Theatre is pleased to announce the Creative Team behind their 2013 24 Hour Play Project in association with Bath’s Rondo Theatre.
The five directors are:
IAN MCGYLNN: Ian is Artistic Director of the Rondo Theatre, Bath.
Bursary Boy (2012 Rondo) “Acting of this depth and intensity is a rare thing.” Venue Magazine ***** 5 Stars
Life and Soul (2011, Rondo) “Ian McGlynn has created a really powerful piece of drama… required viewing” Guide2Bath
TOM NICHOLAS: Tom is Artistic Director of New Model Theatre.
Static (2013 Supported by the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and National Tour)
“New Model Theatre is going places and destined for a blistering tour round the summer festivals.”
The Lamentable Tragedy The Wonder Club“Ambitious and imaginative work…genuinely thrilling.”Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
The Station The Idle Dream (2011 National Tour) “Spellbinding storytelling” **** A Younger Theatre
Sara is a freelance writer, director and animator. She is a regular collaborator with Bristol based Aardman Animations. Recent
credits have included Oscar Winner Wallace and Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts
DAVID LOCKWOOD: David is Artistic Director of Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre (2011 Peter Brook Empty Space award)
Items of Value Theatre West (Alma Tavern, Bristol) WhatsOnStage **** 4 Stars
Bunnies Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter and national tour “Deliciously dark and thrilling” The Public Reviews **** 4 Stars
Circus Britannica Bike Shed Theatre/Theatre 503 “Captivating and unusual” The Stage
The five Writers are:
SARAH HUNT: Sarah is currently in the process of writing a young adult fiction series of novels called The Silver Sound Trilogy
and a play with fellow 24 Hour Play writer Catherine Bray called The Other Plans.
CATHERINE BRAY: Catherine is a writer, broadcaster and critic. She is Editor of Film4.com and a regular guest on BBC1’s Film
2013. She also contributes to the Guardian, Time Out, Radio 4 and BBC3. She is co-writing The Other Plans with Sarah Hunt.
ALISON FARINA: Recent credits include Temple Newsam House Project (2013 Temple Newsam, Leeds Museums), Fertility
Objects (2012 Rondo Theatre, Bath), Headlines: The Night Cafe (2011 Black Box Theatre, Bristol).
DOUGIE BLAXLAND: Recent commissions include A Harlot’s Progress for Old Bomb Theatre and Call Me Biggles for Original
Theatre Company. He is the winner of The Watermill Theatre’s Raising New Voices Award in 2010 for Never Any Fruit.
ALICE NICHOLAS: Alice completed the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. Her recent work includes Sherman
Swingers for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and Honest for Theatre West’s 2012 Season at the Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol.
Roughhouse Theatre produced their first 24 Hour Play Project at Theatre Royal Bath in 2011:
“The spunky, adrenaline-rich verve of a 1970s punk album…a reminder of how exhilarating theatre at its rawest can be.”
Tom Phillips, Venue Magazine
Venue Magazine voted Roughhouse Theatre’s 2011 24 Hour Plays as their 2nd favourite production of 2011:
“The 24 Hour Plays, where writers, directors and casts got together to write, rehearse and perform six short new plays across a weekend, was inspired and inspiring.”Steve Wright, Venue Magazine
PROJECT DIRECTOR: SHANE MORGAN
SHOW DATE: FRIDAY 12TH JULY 2013