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Writing festival hits Stratford

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2015

Director Rikki Beadle-Blair, with his performers, at the Stratford theatre royal,

Director Rikki Beadle-Blair, with his performers, at the Stratford theatre royal,

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A festival celebrating the talent of promising new writers is taking place next month.

Angelic Tales provides a stage for fresh writers who are hoping to get their work professionally performed by actors in front of a live audience.

The acclaimed writer and director, Rikki Beadle-Blair, and his Team Angelica have shortlisted eight pieces of fresh writing to be developed into rehearsed readings as part of the festival’s sixth season.

Rikki said: “The whole point of the festival is to give people who aspire to be writers a chance to show their talent.

“We aim to include those people who wouldn’t usually have that support or are in the right position to go as far as they want.

“So it is a great opportunity for these people and could really help boost their careers.”

Rikki grew up in South London with his two siblings and his mum.

By the age of 18 he had won the Evening Standard’s Edward Bond’s Young Playwright award for his play called A-Z.

However, Rikki said how his need of support as a young writer inspired him to kickstart the Angelic Tales festival six years ago.

He said: “Stratford East is a brilliant space for anyone who aspires to get somewhere in this industry, and as soon as I got where I needed to be, I wanted to provide that support to others.”

Rikki teamed up with the historical Stratford theatre in a bid to find the best talent and to help boost careers.

The eight writers who will be performing during the festival have been pushed to continue improving their scripts until the last day of the performance.

“The writers are being challenged right until the end. They are being pushed to keep writing until the actual day of performance,” Rikki said/

“So the actors will actually have the scripts in their hands whilst performing.

“This will make it a completely different type of experience for the actors and audience alike, it will be interesting.”

The eight plays that are set to be performed are centred around a range of social topics.

This include the impact social media has on the younger generation in a play called Selfie Rules by Annie Burkin and Die Like Leslie Cheung by Daniel York. This is about a terminally ill Chinese-British man who wants to become a drag queen.

“All of our plays relate to social issues of today in one way or another and this is something that a variety of people will be able to relate to in different ways,” Rikki said.

Angelic Tales is heading to Theatre Royal Stratford East between June 4 and 9.

All shows start at 8pm and ticket prices start at £5.

Visit stratfordeast.com for information.


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