THIS WEBSITE IS NOW JUST AN ARCHIVE
The company behind the Festival ceased trading at the end of its last financial year, 31 March 2018, and the trustees have applied for it to be wound up.
Time for a little reflection
The 24:7 Theatre Festival launched in Manchester on 24 July 2004 (hence 24:7). For 12 summers the event embraced writers, producers, directors, actors, sound and light technicians, stage managers, front of house staff, ticketers, volunteers, managers, back office staff, readers, mentors, venues, sponsors, supporters – and many more – to present 180 one-hour plays in front of thousands of appreciative audience members.
We are delighted that so many participants have gone on to develop careers and reputations in the industry. Through the confidence gained by being a part of 24:7, many have become self-starters, making and performing their own productions and winning awards at home and abroad. Greater Manchester’s producing houses have more recently realised the benefits of supporting emerging theatre-makers and have set up schemes in-house.
The achievements of 24:7 were bookended by winning the Best Newcomer Award at the MEN Theatre Awards 2004 and by receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
Now our trailblazing is done, but 24:7′s creative legacy continues, invested in the many 24:7ers now operating in a wide variety of roles. Over all these years, though, my personal delight has been to see eager eyes light up with the realisation that “I can do this!”… and seeing them get on with it!
On this page you’ll still find links to people who’ve been involved with 24:7 and a lovely video produced a few years ago by our supporters, Holdens.
Wishing you well on your journey
David and the 24:7 Team