StageWrite is all about new writing for theatre. It’s an annual festival, the only one of its kind in Bedford, and 2018 has been its sixth year. We’re delighted to partner with The Place Theatre, the home of StageWrite since 2013
What is StageWrite?
StageWrite is Bedford’s annual New Writing Festival. Running since 2013, StageWrite brings you brand new plays over the course of between two and four nights. All the plays are in development, and are followed by Q&A with the writer, director and actors.
Previous StageWrite plays have gone on to be developed and performed at other venues: ‘Confetti’ by Tim Foley (2013); ‘Philadelphia’ by Jonathan Bousted (2014); ‘Intercourse’ by Jonathan Skinner (2015); ‘Failing At Failing’ by Serafina Cusack (2017) and ‘Forty-Two Times Around The Sun’ by Chris Pike (2018).
Who is StageWrite?
StageWrite is a collaboration between two Bedford based theatre companies LifeBox Theatre Company and No Loss Productions who got together over a beer and decided that it would be a marvellous idea for Bedford to have a new writing festival. LifeBox Theatre Company has been in existence since 2012, making theatre and working with organisations and businesses using theatre to develop communication skills; you can find out more by clicking here. No Loss Productions has been around since 2011 and its aim is to bring high quality theatre to Bedford and the local area through collaboration with local professionals; find out more by clicking here.
StageWrite is designed as a platform for emerging and published writers to see their work up on its feet, in front of an audience and performed script-in-hand by professional actors. This allows the writer to gain multiple perspectives about their work so that they can develop it further based on the feedback of the actors, director and audience members. It’s also for audiences, giving them the experience of brand new material and the chance to say what they think about it.
What have people said about StageWrite?
Off West End award nominee, Andy Maddock, has submitted work with us since the beginning of StageWrite and has performed his own work, The Me Plays (review here), at The Old Red Lion in London. He said, “Lifebox & No Loss got in touch with me in 2011 at a point where I was quite down on myself as a writer; the opportunities didn’t seem to be out there in a very saturated market in London and I submitted a script for StageWrite without much thought. When I discovered my play had been selected, it was a great motivator and really invigorated my passion for writing. Since my experience of my first StageWrite my career has gone from strength to strength. I found the courage to begin to send my script ‘Our Brave New Future’ to other theatres and I have been in development with it with The Old Red Lion Theatre, who have taken a liking to my work and allowed me to take my one man show ‘The Me Plays’ to the venue, where I got 2 Off West End Award nominations and a spate of 4 star reviews. One stand out moment was seeing Phil and Harri from Lifebox in the audience one night, who came all the way down to London to support my work; it made me realise how much they care about theatre and supporting new artists and writers. I wouldn’t be achieving what I’m doing in theatre without the confidence the initial StageWrite gave me and I know it has that power to do the same over and over again with a whole set of new writers.”