Twenty-six new playwrights are let loose next month in Cambridge’s ADC Theatre for the annual MaD (Monologue and Duologue) festival.

The event, now in its fourth year, was founded by WRiTEON a local group of actors, writers and directors who aim to support and nurture emerging talent through workshops and showcase events. The performances take place over five evenings this summer (July 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th & 17th).

Original pieces of drama will have the opportunity to have their world premiere in the city, performed by a mix of professional and experienced amateur actors. With minimal staging and script in hand performances of the twenty minute pieces, the informal evening can be seen as a stepping stone for the writers. In a venue which has provided a platform for such theatre luminaries as Sir Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, the event has attracted writers from the length of the country.

Over fifty pieces were submitted, with no limit on genre or theme, artistic director Graeme Curry noted that they had been "very impressed with the range, quality and imagination shown by this year's submissions".

Within the selected group are three students from Cambridge University. They will not only get to see their creations brought to stage, but will furthermore receive feedback from the audience on their work to conclude a quirky night of theatre.

An evening of comedy, tragedy and absurdity can be found at the MaD festival this summer at the ADC Theatre.


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