Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the Finborough Theatre’s annual explosion of new writing, returns this week for its eleventh consecutive year, presenting nine new plays on Sundays, Mondays and Thursday from 16 June to 4 July 2019.
Curated by Finborough artistic director Neil McPherson and produced by Ben Chamberlain, Vibrant 2019 includes Abigail Andjel’s Fence, winner of the 2019 ETPEP (Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust) Award, an £8000 prize for a new play by a new playwright who works in another job in theatre.
Concentrated solely on full length works for the stage, Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights continues to introduce audiences to some of the fascinating diverse vibrant voices the theatre has discovered, developed and championed.
This year, there are also new full-length plays from Melis Aker, Albert Belz, Sharmila Chauhan, Hannah Morley, Colleen Murphy, Stewart Pringle, Athena Stevens as well as Einat Weizman and Palestinian Political Prisoners. Their work is directed by Liz Carruthers, Melissa Dunne, Claire Evans, Tommo Fowler, Matthew Iliffe, Hannah Jones, Rory McGregor, Fidelis Morgan and Georgie Staight.
Artistic director Neil McPherson says:
“Vibrant provides a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the UK’s most exciting theatres as we continue to discover and develop tomorrow’s plays today, brought to life by some of the UK’s most talented actors and directors.”
McPherson is winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director, and also won this year’s Critics’ Circle Award for services to theatre.
A Vibrant history
Since the first festival in 2009, Vibrant festivals have included well over 100 new plays, 24 of which have gone on to be produced in full productions at the Finborough Theatre including: Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill, The Man by James Graham, And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace, Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten, Carthage by Chris Thompson, Nona Shepphard and Craig Adams‘ musical version of Thérèse Raquin, This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui and Booby’s Bay by Henry Darke.
Plays that went on to be produced by other theatres have included Bull by Mike Bartlett at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, The Stock Da’Wa by David Eldridge, and Acceptance by Amy Ng at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, and Lost At Sea by Morna Young, which has just completed an acclaimed Scottish tour.
Despite remaining completely unsubsidised, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK’s leading contemporary playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Chris Thompson, Jack Thorne, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten; and directors including Blanche McIntyre, Robert Hastie, Kate Wasserberg and Sam Yates.
Vibrant Festival runs from 16 June to 4 July 2019 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED, with performances Sundays and Mondays at 7.30pm, Thursday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £5. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!