SE Fest: call out for new writing

Published: 2 June 2024
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

SE Fest: a new writing festival for South East London

South East London venues The Bridge House Theatre and The Jack Studio Theatre are joining forces to produce a new writing festival, SE Fest.

Taking place over the first half of September, participating companies will have the opportunity to stage their production in either or both award-winning 50-seat venues.

The producers are looking for productions that are socially conscious and demonstrate how they provide opportunities for or representation of underrepresented groups, including (but not exclusively) working-class artists, artists from the Global Majority, non-binary or gender-fluid artists, LGBTQ+ artists.

Both The Bridge House Theatre and The Jack Studio Theatre have a sound reputation for supporting and presenting new writing. The arrangements for SE Fest include feedback on programmed scripts, a pre-festival network evening with an invited industry speaker providing a free advice session on how to bring work to the stage, 60% of box office after costs and no charges other than a £30 contribution towards marketing.

The Bridge House Theatre in Penge has been running since 2014, and has been under the artistic directorship of JLA Productions’ Luke Adamson since 2021, who runs the theatre with associate director Joseph Lindoe. Productions at the venue, which is a stone’s-throw from its local tube station, have received numerous OffWestEnd nominations and, at this year’s Offies Awards ceremony, JLA took home its own award.

The Jack Studio in Crofton Park is under the artistic directorship of Kate Bannister, who runs the theatre with Karl Swinyard. The venue hosts scratch nights, film screenings, workshops and rehearsals as well as a wide range of theatre productions. The Jack was awarded London Pub Theatre of the Year 2023 and Best in Creative Sector, Mayor of Lewisham Awards 2023, and Kate Bannister won the Off West End Artistic Director Award 2024.

Applications are open until 5PM on 7 June and can be made through either The Jack or The Bridge House web sites; the festival programme will be announced in July and will comprise 24 performances in total of two- or three-night runs.

SE Fest will run from 3 to 14 September 2024.

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