24:7 has come a long way from its beginnings back in 2004. Ten years on, the festival goes from strength to strength attracting audiences from far and wide with it’s programme of talent. 24:7’s latest season is about to get underway, and enthusiasm and creatively were certainly at an all time high at the preview night a couple of weeks ago. The great and the good of Manchester’s Fringe scene have come together for 24:7’s tenth year – and this years programme is shaping up to be stronger than ever before.
This year, you can also follow the festival on social media including Twitter, Facebook and now Instagram! Also, every show is in the same venue this year: New Century House. This will add to the festival atmosphere as 24:7 takes over the building for the week.
24:7 is all about fostering new talent, with new writers and new actors creating and appearing in the productions. But behind the scenes, this year’s Foot in the Door trainees have also been hard at work! The Foot in the Door scheme gives professional training to young people, funded by Arts Council England and Manchester City Council. FITD participants develop key skills across a number of areas including arts marketing, event promotion, theatre production and project management. The 15 trainees this year have either been attached to one of the 24:7 shows, assisting the Festival Manager or acting as videographers on behalf of the festival.
But, onto the shows! And this years perfect ten are:
Afterglow by Julie Burrow
Her and Him meet, igniting the sparks of memories. Told there and then, here and now, Afterglow shares their relationship.
Anonymity by Gareth George
Two strangers on a job in a deserted basement: are they separated by more than chalk lines?
The Box of Tricks by Ric Brandy and Stephen M Hornby
Mike returns home for his estranged brother’s funeral to be given his brother’s ‘Box of Tricks’, which will change the past forever.
In My Bed by Rebekah Harrison
Sarah’s lonely, until Danny. Danny’s unwanted, until Sarah. Rose never needed anyone, until now. A fractured love story.
Pass by Naomi Sumner
Jake was to Pass. Maddie was a ring. Louise wants to teach. You can’t always get what you want.
The Lives and Loves of Vera Dymond by Jayne Marshall
Vera Dymond, former Blackpool legend, is making a comeback. It’s not just her feet that have hardened over the years.
Three Women by Mari Lloyd
Three women. Two goodbyes. One family. A touching look at the strengths and vulnerabilities of the mother daughter relationship.
Stuff by Mick Cooper
A couple can’t have kids. One night, their friend suggests they use his ‘stuff’ instead. Is it a good idea?
The Tongue Twister by Luke Walker
Family friendly show. There once was land where rhyming was banned, if or even a whisper. And if you caught, you’d soon understand, why the bogeyman’s called the Tongue Twister.
To the Dam by John Clarke
When Lisa hikes from shadowy Todmorden up to England’s highest beach, does she come down as someone else? You decide.
24:7 are also serving up a wide variety of side extra events to augment the programme:
- The Herding Cats Convention (Sat 19th): Northern Soul founder Helen Nugent, playwrights Cathy Crabb, Richard Vergette and Charlotte Keatley will be in attendance to network, inspire and inform those interested in, working in and looking to break into the world of theatre
- 24:7’s 10th Birthday Bash (Sat 19th): 24:7 alumni are invited to the party of the decade to celebrate 24:7’s past, present and future success
- War Stories (Tue 22nd/Wed 23rd): In collaboration with You Are Here in Canberra, 24:7 presents an especially commissioned play looking at the effect of World War One on both Britain and Australia
- 24:7 Quiz (Thurs 24th): Rob Ward is your quizmaster for a fiendish, fun and fast mental test!
Don’t forget to follow all the action from Friday over at New Century House. We’ll be out in force to bring you the lowdown on these world premieres!