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Development Week

Testing New Work in Front Of Audiences

Development Week is all about participation.


We believe that an audience is an active participant in the theatrical relationship. An audience engages in the action of the play - they should be intrigued and curious; drawn into the world of the play, engulfed by the character's actions and reactions.


And that starts on the page. 


We started Development Week as a way to share the work of the WriteForTheStage courses - presenting work in front of invited audiences to get a feel for how people understand the work, whether they liked it, whether they would come and see a full production. We found that we had willing audiences; people who wanted to get involved in the creative process.  So we decided to open up that opportunity to other writers in the region and beyond; giving them access to audiences so that they could test out their work. 


In the past, we've hosted work that has gone into full production with support from regional theatres, Arts Council, and funding bodies who support new work. Work that's previously featured at Development Week gets shown around the country. And many writers continue to use Development Week to try out new drafts after previous readings. We've set local playwrights challenges to write something, especially for Development Week. 


Development Week is where new things happen.


In fact, we've just decided that that's our new slogan. 


Development Week: where new things happen. 


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