Since 2005, The Miniaturists have presented some of the best short-form plays by established and emerging playwrights, encouraging the rise of the short play format with theatre audiences.
Celebrating its 10th birthday with a special evening held at the Arcola Theatre on Sunday the 15th November at 5pm and 8pm, The Miniaturists have seen writers such as David Eldridge, Moira Buffini and Nick Payne writing miniature plays that have been directed and starred in by the likes of Ned Bennett, Erica Whyman, Rory Kinnear, Raquel Cassidy and Olivia Poulet.
Each of the shows are developed, produced and staged within a short space of time and the plays soon become mini productions with fully realised lighting, sound and costume.
The Miniaturists features the work of some of the best known playwrights as well as emerging talent. It was founded by Stephen Sharkey and curated by Will Bourdillon and Declan Feenan (both playwrights themselves).
Talking about the last decade of The Miniaturists, Stephen Sharkey said: “One November Sunday in 2005, Southwark Playhouse kindly let me have the keys to their place. That germ of an idea is now the mighty Miniaturists. The history of the show is peppered with writing and acting and staging of the highest quality. What would we do without it? Here’s to the next ten years.”
This special birthday celebration at the Arcola Theatre will celebrate original work at the centre of the writer-led initiative that brings together actors, writers and directors who would probably never have met otherwise.
The writers to be included in The Miniaturists 54 are: James Fritz, Stephen Jeffreys, Owen McCafferty, Poppy Corbett and John O’Donovan.
The Miniaturists 54: 10th Birthday Bash is on at the Arcola Theatre on Sunday the 15th November. For more information on tickets visit: http://www.miniaturists.co.uk/ .