Monday 29 June 2020

FAQ’s - New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, 17 & 18 July 2020.

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

Friday Night, 6pm [BST]
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 Saturday morning's rehearsal.

I will get Zoom details for that meeting to everyone soon.

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 morning to begin rehearsal.   

By 10am, 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. 

Play Submissions
Plays will need to be submitted to myself & the director of the piece by 9am [BST] on Saturday morning. 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 / 5 pages in length.  As there are to be 8 plays in total, 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 x 2
·         - Duologues x 4
·         - Triads x 2

This will allow for the greatest variety within the structure of 16 actors.
I will be producing a simple programme for the evening of the 18th performance.  I do not need any bios or headshots for it as I will just be listing the play names & the names of the contributors.

Tech on Saturday Night
There will be a 5pm 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 Saturday Night
The performance will begin at 7pm [BST] on Saturday 18 July.  Please invite audiences through the private Zoom contact details which I included in the second email.  Please do not post these details publicly.  I have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page for people to pay what they wish for the performance which will be profit shared amongst all contributors.  

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. 

I will welcome everyone to the event at 7pm 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.

Saturday 6 June 2020

New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival 17 & 18 July 2020

The Common Air Theatre Company is producing the New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, a 24 hour festival of new writing under the new normal of virtual creation and performance.

Over a twenty-four hour period, new plays will be written, rehearsed and performed via a digital platform.  If you are interested in participating, please email us 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.

Brief Outline of Event:

Friday - At the opening event for all participants, play themes will be chosen out of a hat alongside production teams including one playwright, one director and one or two actors. 

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

Saturday -
Pieces are submitted to the directors and the rehearsal process begins.
On Saturday evening, the pieces are premiered.
After the performance, we all head to the [virtual] pub.

Sunday –