Monday, 21 September 2020

FAQ's - The New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival 2 - 4 October 2020


If you are participating in the festival, please email me one theme idea.

 6pm [BST] Friday, 2 October 

Each participant will need to be on the Zoom call on Friday night at 6pm to facilitate communications.  Please do not leave the Zoom call until you have made contact with your production team and confirmed the rehearsal schedule.

I will get Zoom details for that meeting to everyone once I have finalized the participants. 

7am to 8pm [BST] Saturday, 3 October

I will give you a Zoom link to use if you have any questions or concerns about your production on Saturday.  Please email me to let me know that you'd like to speak with me.  Or just feel free to email me with your concerns or questions.

Actors / Directors / Playwrights

I will not post any contributors’ CV.  Production teams will be put together on Friday evening.  Once everyone has confirmed their interest, I will assume permission has been granted to share your email address with the entire team so that the director can contact the production team once it has been assembled on Friday.

 It will be up to the director to arrange a Zoom call on Saturday to begin rehearsal.   

 By 12pm on Saturday, I will need from the director confirmation of the name of the play and the creative team for the programme.  

 The director and playwright can discuss how they want to work together.  Some might not need the playwright present during a first reading and others might want them there for re-writes and clarifications.  It will be up to the director & playwright to manage that relationship.

Directors - please make sure that you are familiar with Zoom [and its 40 minute time limit for rehearsal] and how best to utilize it in performance & rehearsal. 

It is up to each creative team how they want to brainstorm and come up with their play and when they start rehearsing it- it can be sooner than the timeline set out; this timeline is more for internal deadlines for the production to run smoothly, but if a group decides to start rehearsing on Friday evening that’s completely fine.

 Play Submissions

Plays will need to be submitted to myself & the director of the piece by 12pm [BST] on Saturday. It is assumed that the director, the playwright and actors have discussed processes on Friday night to make the rehearsal smooth.

 Length of Play

As the plays will be fully off book for the performance, they should not be longer than 10 minutes.  Please keep to the limit and feel free to write something under the maximum.

 Play Structure

Actors will be randomly drawn for each production according to the following structure:

 ·        -  Monologues

·         - Duologues

·         - Triads

 This will allow for the greatest variety within the structure and number of actors.


I will be producing a simple programme for the performance.  I need a 5 line bio and small headshot for the programme to be submitted to me as soon as possible.

Tech on Sunday afternoon [12pm BST]

There will be a 12pm call for a technical rehearsal for every team.  This will allow us to figure out best practice on Zoom and how to get in and out of pieces.

 Performance on Sunday Afternoon

The performance will begin at 3pm [BST] on Sunday 4 October.   

All participants will have a Zoom Link.

 Everyone will have a running order and I will introduce each piece, so it will be up to each team to turn microphones / cameras on in due time to be ready to begin. 

 ALL Audience will purchase tickets via Eventbrite []

 Please invite audiences through the Eventsbrite Page where they will get a Youtube link once they have paid for a ticket.

 I will welcome everyone to the event at 3pm and will introduce the first piece; once that piece is finished, I will introduce the second piece and so on.  This should give performers enough time to be ready.

 Everyone else will have their camera and microphones off so that the play will run on Zoom with no distractions. 

Once I have more details about the plays, I will determine a running order and post that to you mid-afternoon on Saturday.


 All of this above is subject to change and to be added to as and when questions arise, so please come back to the FAQ frequently.


Thursday, 13 August 2020

The New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival 2 - 4 October 2020

We are happy to announce the next New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival from 2 to 4 October 2020.

This event, based on the successful inaugural New Writing / New Normal Theatre Festival in July 2020, will expand its horizons to include more contributors from around the world.  

To that end, we are currently looking for actors, directors and playwrights to be a part of the festival:

Over a thirty-six hour period, new plays will be written, rehearsed and performed via a digital platform.  If you are interested in participating, please email us at HAHN@HOTMAIL.CO.UK with a CV and state if you would like to be considered as a director, playwright or actor for this festival.  We are also looking for one or more stage director.

All contributors will be paid via a profit-share of the box office.

Brief Outline of Event:

6pm [BST] Friday, 2 October - At the opening event for all participants, a single theme will be chosen at random from a range of topical themes submitted by the participants; based on that theme, the playwrights will create a play over the next 24 hours.  Production teams including a playwright, a director and actors will also be randomly selected. 

 From Friday, the playwright writes to the theme within the parameters of number of actors and Zoom rehearsal / performance. 

Saturday, 3 October – By 12pm[BST], plays and a two line synopsis are submitted to the directors & producers and the rehearsal process begins. 

Sunday, 4 October -  On Sunday, tech rehearsal is at 12pm[BST].  At 3pm[BST], the pieces are premiered.  After the performance, we all head to the [virtual] pub.