Hatch – Developing theatre writing in Preston

Posted on - 4th February, 2011 - 9:55am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Campaigns, Things to Do in and around Preston, Tringe, What's On in Preston


The arts development initiative Project Korova are holding an event for those involved in writing and theatre at Equator Cafe this Tuesday evening.

Hatch is designed to give a supportive network of actors and directors to playwrights in the area who want to publicise their work. The aim of the initiative is to support both new and experienced playwrights to develop their work through open access pilot nights, workshops, play readings and supporting them to produce their work in full.

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The initiative is run by Sam Buist, one of the people behind the Preston Tringe Festival. He said:

“The idea is to get a writing community going in Preston which is dynamic and where people offer support to each other.

“A body of new writing can come out of Preston, and hopefully people from outside of Preston can see that there is a vibrant community and know that it’s a good place for writing”


Hatch also hopes to inspire the next generation of playwrights through its ‘Young Person’s Hatch’ programme, a series of workshops with playwrights from around the North West concluding in a series of 10 minute plays produced by under 18s.

The group is also helping support Preston’s diverse population in its ‘18% Hatch’ project, which is dedicated to the 18% of Preston’s population represented by ethnic minorities. Like Young Person’s Hatch, 18% Hatch will consist of a series of workshops with playwrights culminating in culturally diverse plays.

With their multi-faceted approach Hatch and project Korova aim to provide a platform for the broadest range of theatre in Preston, including experimental, mainstream, physical, and comedy performance.

Find out more by joining the Hatch Facebook Group.

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