24:7 Big Festival Weekend 2015

A Film and Theatre project Manchester, United Kingdom

Help us fund our Big Festival Weekend: 3 days of world premieres, monologues, family friendly fun, workshops, plays in development and more.

New stretch target

With a few days still to run, the campaign is going well. We've reached our FIRST target of £2,500. Now we've achieved that one, we don't really want you to stop pledging, because we really need more! So we've set a "stretch target" of £7,500! You see, we've applied to the Arts Council for considerably more than this, and by getting a crowd of people to contribute a number of small amounts, we give them the confidence that their investment is sound.

Our aim at 24:7 is to develop people in all aspects of theatre-making, not only as writers and actors, but as a producer or director, or improving your marketing or technical skills.

With more cash, we'll be able to programme extra events during the weekend, including rehearsed readings and the staging of plays in development.

Last year one of our 'extras', War Stories, a collaboration between 24:7 and You Are Here festival in Australia, went on to the Re:play season at HOME and has had interest from the British Council, amongst others.

So join us in making more things happen for more people in development!

Project aim

Help us fund our Big Festival Weekend: 3 days of world premieres, plays in development, monologues, family friendly fun, workshops and more.

About the project

Since 2004 24:7 has presented an annual festival of new theatre in Manchester, dedicated to providing equitable opportunity for the hidden talents of the professional theatre community in the city and beyond.Through our curated Festival of new theatre work we enrich and entertain our audiences, empower our participants and provide an industry respected showcase to further their careers.

Throughout the year, we seek to support artists’ professional development, collaborate with other like minded organisations and generally agitate for the creation of opportunities in the theatrical community.

Since 2004, we have produced 166 plays by 144 writers, and 656 actors have performed to audiences exceeding 37,500. 24:7 alumni have gone on to work in film, TV and theatre, in all aspects of production, onstage and off.

This year we are holding a Big Festival Weekend at the Martin Harris Centre in Manchester. As well as exciting new plays, there will be extra events such as workshops, site specific monologues, family friendly performances and more. To help us make this weekend the best it can be, we are looking for financial help to support our marketing, staffing and production costs, ensuring we are able to help develop more new and emerging talent, and allow local audiences to enjoy great new writing and theatre.