Stage Door Entertainment, based in the Isle of Man, return with Theatrefest, now in its fifth year. This festival is funded by the Isle of Man Arts Council and specifically curated to promote and encourage entirely new theatrical works. This year’s the theme of ‘Identity’ threads through the entirety of the festival and is a very popular social topic among many communities.
As part of TheatreFest 19, Stage Door Entertainment are running their annual playwriting competition, in association with the Isle of Man Arts Council, who sponsor the project. This initiative invites writers from around the world to submit a new one act play. The theme this year is ‘Identity’ and this can be interpreted any way the writer would like. The winner will have their play performed as part of TheatreFest 20 and the deadline for entries is January 31st 2020.
The 2018 competition was won by Michael Bonner with his supernatural play 'Perga Tree' – this piece of original writing will form part of the Theatrefest19 programme, which takes place at Studio Theatre, Ballakermeen on the 4th and 5th October 2019.
Previous winners have included:
2017 – Paul Adam Levy – ‘An Order of Lunacy’. - This period play about mental health and corruption was performed at the Grove Museum as well as Ballakermeen Studio Theatre
2016 – Matilda Velevitch – ‘Three Mothers’. This play about three very different women whose lives unexpectedly become intertwined was presented as a documentary style film.
2015 – Stephen Harper – ‘Morning Star’. This play about the slave trade and the people behind it was presented in both a theatre setting and in a pub as part of Theatrefest16.
‘TheatreFest is all about “the new”: new works, new places and new people. And by ‘new people’ we mean not only those new to performing or working behind the scenes, but also new audiences and new writers. In short, it’s about new creative opportunities for everyone.’
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