Genesis of a showcase, part two – Kent

17Percent’s Sam Hall continues her series of blogs about the re-birth of She Writes. This week’s blog is about ‘A night at the theatre’, 17Percent’s contribution to the Rochester Literature Festival.   

Around the same time as I was talking to Emma at the Canal Cafe about trying out She Writes there, I was talking to another Emma – Emma Dewhurst, who along with Phil Kane and Jaye Nolan, are the masterminds behind the new Rochester Literature Festival (RLF) in Kent. I also run another literature development initiative locally in Medway, ME4Writers, and we had discussed being involved with the RLF by producing some ME4 live lit events for the festival in October. I mentioned that I was getting She Writes up and running again and we decided it would be great to do something at the RLF. The original idea was to have five different short plays by authors with Kent links, but due to timing constraints, (and also the way that three of the plays really fit the theme of ‘Other Worlds, Other Voices), we are going to run the same plays as in London, but with some special additional content, having this as the re-launch of She Writes in Kent (where it originally started).

At the RLF’s ‘A night at the theatre’ we will hear a readthrough of Sarah Hehir’s award-winning BBC radio commission ‘Bang Up’, followed by She Writes: What’s through the door?, followed by a Q+A with members of the cast and crew.

Saturday 5 October, 7pm, Rochester Visitor Information Centre. You can see more details and how to book tickets at the RLF website.

Casting has been finalised. Poster and fliers designed. Last weekend I was spray painting things silver… and Amy was making masks… the first readthrough of all plays is this weekend, and my next blog will be about how that goes.

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