Theatre Centrein collaboration with Theatre503 have announced ImagiNation Festival, a new online event that will culminate with their national storytelling project.

Showcasing nineteen short plays across three days as well as live Q&As with the acclaimed writers, the Festival aims to broadcast a digital patchwork of the nation, using the recorded submissions from across the country to share a multitude of voices.

Showcased from the 29th to the 31st August, between the hours of 4.30-7.30pm, the ImagiNation plays were written by 19 of the UK’s most exciting writers: Jon Brittain, Ryan Calais Cameron, Alex Critoph, Zinnie Harris, Matilda Ibini, Asif Khan, Geraldine Lang, Bethan Marlow, Eoin McAndrew, Nicholas McQuillan, Nessah Muthy, Amy Ng, Chinonyerem Odimba,
Lettie Precious, Leo Skilbeck, Julie Tsang, Daniel Ward, Timberlake Wertenbaker, and Roy Williams OBE.

Theatre Centre have received over 160 recordings of the stories, which saw over 500 participants get involved. Local communities, organisations, individuals, schools, friendship groups, youth groups, families, charities, and organisations all across the UK (including Electric Sunshine, Papergang Theatre, Taking Flight Theatre, Act your Age and Crisis) embraced the
opportunity to get creative during lockdown and have shared their interpretation of the stories to make the Festival possible.

Talking about the news Rob Watt, Artistic Director of Theatre Centre said: “The ImagiNation Festival is testament to the brilliant, creative and sometimes outlandish submissions we have had from across our
nation and the truly awesome words from our 19 writers. Our hope is that the festival captures a moment in these extraordinary times.”

ImagiNation Festival will take place between the 29th to the 31st August. For more information visit: https://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/projects/imagination-festival/