How does it work?
7 writers, 7 directors, 25 actors, designers and musicians are invited to take part.
A theme is randomly chosen for 7 writers to each write a brand new 10-minute play by 8am Friday morning.
7 directors gather and each randomly draw one play. Next the directors blindly choose actors and actresses’ names from a hat to cast the show.
The band provides the music and sound, designers create props, set and costumes for each show, as the directors and their cast rehearse all day.
7 plays have their World Premiere at 8pm and Final Performance at 10.30pm. The 8pm audience provides the theme for Saturday’s show and the 7 writers go home to write 7 brand new plays.
We do it all over again. Producing a total of 14 plays in 48 hours!
What makes 14/48 different?
Originating from Seattle, USA, the 14/48 Projects began in 1997 and continues to grow with a strong fan base of artists and audience.
To find out more about the 14/48 Projects, click here.
14/48 UK are the caretakers of the festival on this side of the pond. Partnering with The Y, Leicester is the hub of 14/48 UK, with festivals also taking place in Wolverhampton and London.
The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival is a ‘live brief’ networking opportunity, a new writing festival, theatre stripped back to its raw potential, and it is the most fun, challenging, and invigorating experience for both the artists and audiences that make it possible.