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The Finborough Theatre is planning to reopen for live performance in September 2021. In the meantime, from January 2021, the Finborough Theatre will be expanding its acclaimed #FinboroughForFree series of monthly online releases into new and original content.
The first original production will be Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels by Finborough Theatre Playwright in Residence Athena Stevens, and directed by Lily McLeish. A new play repurposed for online viewing, it will be presented in 28 separate episodes, streaming daily at 6.00pm from 18 January 2021, culminating in a recording of the whole play available from 15 February until 18 March 2021. It will also be streaming simultaneously on Scenesaver with subtitles. More details here.
February will see entries open for Poplarism!, a multidisciplinary digital arts festival celebrating the centenary of the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921. With the patronage of Dame Angela Lansbury, Poplarism! is a unique partnership between the Finborough Theatre and Poplar Union – two very different venues joining together in a spirit of cross-London partnership and reconciliation to celebrate this milestone in London’s history. Open to residents of Kensington and Chelsea and Tower Hamlets, entries will open in February 2021 and be streamed online in May 2021. Full information will be announced in early January 2021.
March’s release will be a rehearsed reading of this year’s ETPEP Award winning play, Playfight by Julia Grogan, and more new productions will be announced in due course.
The Finborough Theatre has also announced the winner for the ETPEP Award 2020. The winner is Julia Grogan for Playfight.
The ETPEP Award 2020 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work or have worked in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP). For a full list of longlisted and shortlisted candidates for the ETPEP Award, please visit our website here.
The ETPEP Award will return in 2021. Entries will open on January 1st and close on April 30th 2021. The main prize will again be £6,000 with nine longlist prizes of £300 each. For 2021, the winning play will also be published by Salamander Street, independent publisher of theatre, performance and live art. Details here.
Since May 2020, the Finborough Theatre’s #FinboroughForFree series has released monthly free-to-view archive recordings of previous Finborough Theatre productions, gaining six Off West End Award OnComm Awards. Two award-winning Finborough plays are still available – I Wish To Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide plays until 31 December, and Sarah Grochala’s S-27 until 31 January. All releases are also available simultaneously with subtitles on Scenesaver. Our Olivier Award nominated production of It Is Easy To Be Dead is also currently streaming in the Netherlands as part of Sismo Stories’ specially curated online selection of the best of UK theatre.
The Finborough Forum, our invitation-only group for theatre creatives has also gone virtual with monthly Q&A sessions with industry guest speakers now available to watch online, and will continue in 2021.
We have recently updated our production archive, and while we are closed we will be regularly posting reviews and images from previous productions across all our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share in these memories from across our 40 year history.
Playscripts from previous Finborough Theatre productions are also available to buy online here.