Six Plays One Day is the marathon theatrical event that made its debut at the Tristan Bates Theatre where it ran for two seasons before the Pandemic struck. Now it’s back, but this time at The Space on the Isle of Dogs.
An ‘up-market scratch night'
The day of drama is again produced by Threedumb Theatre. For those not familiar with the occasion, Artistic Director Stephen Smith observes, “The event does what it says on the tin. Starting in the morning, six plays are performed during the course of the day. Each runs for about an hour. The festival offers a wide variety in a short space of time and will display a selection of both tried-and-tested pieces, as well as debuts from new writers”.
The occasion has been hailed an ‘up-market scratch night’. Mark Featherstone-Witty, Principal of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where Smith trained, was so impressed with what he saw when he attended in 2019 that he decided it should have LIPA’s seal of approval and financial backing, particularly as the overwhelming majority of performers were LIPA alumni. There is still a preference that the majority of people involved be LIPA graduates, but that should not deter others from applying. Similarly with the desire to have a majority of female-led productions.
In previous years multiple shows were sold out and the event attracted reviewers from a range of publications. Broadway Baby was proud to cover all the plays and it’s our intention to do the same again in 2023. This combination of factors creates a stepping stone for unknown plays and artists to receive recognition. The day also provides opportunities for future development and collaborative enterprises. along with the possibility of significant openings for networking and meeting up with other theatre practitioners.
Applications are open until 19th November with decisions on the submissions being given on the 26th ready for performance on January 21st. The link below leads to the application form and gives details of the tech support, rehearsal schedule and marketing of the productions. The day presents a great opportunity to bring a production to fruition in a highly creative setting in front of enthusiastically supportive audiences.
Link to the Google Form to apply to be one of the Six Plays: https://forms.gle/VSVm7hghShEpJ5mb8