This year, the Royal Court Young Writers Festival ran from 23 February – 14 April, showcasing promising young talent from across the UK – debut plays from young British playwrights with original and diverse stories to tell.
Since 1973, it has been unrivalled in its discovery of new writing, launching writers such as Simon Stephens (2005 Olivier award for Best Newcomer), Christopher Shinn (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008), Bola Agbaje (2008 Olivier Award), Leo Butler, Andrea Dunbar, DC Moore, Michael Wynne and Chloe Moss. Most recently Alia Bano’s play Shades, (Most Promising Playwrights Award at the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Awards).
The chosen plays for Young Writers Festival 2012 were Goodbye to All That by Luke Norris and Vera Vera Vera by Hayley Squires. In addition to the two full productions, they also held a series of rehearsed readings in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to showcase: Brilliant Adventures by Alistair McDowall; Ain’t No Law Against Fish ‘N’ Chips by Rose Lewenstein; Reflection by Rianna Mitchell-Henry; and Where the Shot Rabbits Lay by Brad Birch.