The 24 Hour Plays returns with Lawrence Batley Theatre hosting UK-wide talent initiative

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One of the most rigorous and exciting talent development initiatives, The 24 Hour Plays, are coming back to the UK after a break of nearly ten years. The Lawrence Batley Theatre, working in partnership with The 24 Hour Plays in New York, is delighted to announce the return of the process with the newly created The 24 Hour Plays UK.

Over the course of 24 hours, six writers, six directors, six producers and twenty-four actors from across the UK will come together to create six brand new short plays, which will be staged at the theatre on Sunday 3 May 2020.

The 24 Hour Plays UK provide a unique opportunity for artists, at no cost, to develop their skills but also to build relationships with their peers that will serve them throughout their careers. The project will also offer the UK’s best emerging theatremakers mentoring from some of the UK’s leading voices in each theatre discipline. Olivier Award-winning actress Sheila Atim MBE, ‘In The Heights’ producer Paul Taylor-Mills, critically acclaimed playwright Amanda Whittington and ‘The James Plays’ and former Artistic Director of National Theatre Scotland Laurie Sansom will mentor the participants, alongside other mentors to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 24 Hour Plays UK are open to any actors, writers, directors and producers who feel that they would benefit from the process, and applications are now open at, with a closing date of Friday 14 February 2020.

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