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Be A Star! - The 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices Launch 25th April 2006

The Old Vic and Starbucks are proud to announce the launch of their second 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices – a unique opportunity for young actors, writers, directors and producers living within the capital to showcase their work on The Old Vic stage.

A capital-wide search will select a company of 50 budding young actors, directors, producers and writers between 18-25 to prove their theatrical skill by bringing short plays from conception to performance in just 24 hours. The 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices event will take place on Sunday 5th November 2006 with the New Voices company performing their ’24 Hour Plays’ on The Old Vic stage to an audience of 1000 people.

The 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices also offers successful applicants 3 year membership of The Old Vic’s ‘New Voices Club’. The club was formed this year to give young people the opportunity to learn from industry professionals through a series of workshops, and to network with like-minded peers. The club also offers members support to realise projects they are passionate about via the annual £5000 New Voices Award. The winners of the first award, announced in April 2006, is ‘Artifacts’ by Mike Bartlett with director, James Grieve and producer, Emma Brunjes.

The New Voices programme is at the very heart of The Old Vic’s commitment to nurturing artistic talent. Many previous participants in The 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices secured their first professional and West End contracts as a result of the project. Actor Amit Shah was offered a role in BBC 1’s ‘Afternoon Plays’. Actor Stephen Fletcher secured a part in ‘Mary Stuart’ at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Actor Sam Crane secured a lead role in ‘And Then There Were None’ at the Gielgud Theatre, directed by Stephen Pimlott. Director Hamish Pirie was offered the role of assistant director on the production of ‘Epitaph for George Dillon’ at the Comedy Theatre, directed by Peter Gill. Producer James Blackman is now in a managerial position at the Lyric Hammersmith. A rehearsed reading of writer Rachel Wagstaff’s play ‘Night Sky’ was premiered at the Old Vic starring Christopher Eccleston and Saffron Burrows.

The 24 Hour Plays was first brought to the UK by the producer of Old Vic New Voices, Kate Pakenham. Originally created by New York City-based organisation, The 24 Hour Company, The 24 Hour Plays project has run for over 10 years in the States. The Old Vic brought the concept to London as a celebrity fundraising event in 2004. It is now OVNV’s annual fund-raiser. This year’s celebrity 24 Hour Plays will take place on Sunday 8th October, 2006. To date theatrical stars who have participated include Brooke Shields, Jim Broadbent, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Sophie Okonedo, Rosamund Pike, Catherine Tate, Gael Garçia Bernal, and Meera Syal.

Applications for The 24 Hour Plays: Starbucks New Voices must be submitted by 10am on Friday 9th June and can be downloaded from www.oldvictheatre.com/24 . Leaflets about the project can be picked up at any Starbucks London store.
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