This year’s highlights include the winner of this year’s RADIUS Playwriting Competition, an award winning new play from New Zealand, and a unique opportunity to watch the birth of a new British musical, in an eclectic and idiosyncratic selection of staged readings.
Since the first festival in 2009, Vibrant festivals have included well over one hundred new plays, twenty four of which have gone on to be produced in full productions at the Finborough Theatre including Mirror Teeth by Nick Gill, The Man by James Graham, And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace, Black Jesus by Anders Lustgarten, Carthage by Chris Thompson, Nona Shepphard and Craig Adams’ musical version of Thérèse Raquin, This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui and Booby’s Bay by Henry Darke. Plays that went on to be produced by other theatres have included Bull by Mike Bartlett at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and The Stock Da’Wa by David Eldridge, and Acceptance by Amy Ng at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights is again curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, and twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.
The line up also includes the Bruntwood Prize longlisted PETRICHOR by Hannah Morley. Playwright Hannah Morley was born in Doncaster in 1992. Petrichor is her first play, originally written as part of the Writer’s Lab course at Soho Theatre.