Off Cut Festival bloggers’ choice update

Last month, I wrote about being part of the Off Cut Festival’s new “bloggers’ choice panel”, selecting four 15-minute plays to be part of the 28-strong programme for the festival in October.

Earlier this week, the festival organisers mailed the bloggers’ panel to let us know that one of the 24 plays that were selected by them, not us, had had to drop out. And so, filling its place in the festival schedule was one of the plays which we heard as part of our selection process, but which didn’t make our final four.

That means that New Age comedy Skyclad (I’m afraid I don’t know the author’s name) has joined this year’s Off Cut Festival.

In related Off Cut news, at yesterday’s Twespians Summer Party (graciously hosted at the Lyric Hammersmith – thanks to Alex and the team) I met Justen Bennett, who will be directing one of the four bloggers’ choice plays, Click by Mike Carter. Over on his blog, Justen has been writing about the festival process from his point of view. With so many plays, directors and actors to match up with one another, there are some interesting and unconventional organisational techniques at work that make his blog posts well worth reading, from being selected as a director to auditions and more auditions.

Is anybody else blogging the progress of their Off Cut piece? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.