Highlands and Islands Theatre makers called to Lunchtime drama

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THE search is on for exciting, short work by Highland and Islands Theatre companies for the Play Pieces lunchtime theatre season due to start in May.

“We are absolutely delighted that Creative Scotland has supported the Play Pieces lunchtime theatre season for the next two years,” said Lindsay Brown who started Play Pieces in 2011.

“It’s very exciting to be able to work with Creative Scotland to develop the lunchtime season as well as support Highland and Islands Theatre companies showcase their ideas.”

As with the original season, Play Pieces is now open to ideas from Highlands and Islands based Theatre companies for contemporary, short works to be performed as part of the lunchtime season which will run from May until November, extending the season by one month.

Each show is on the first Saturday of the month, will be approximately one hour long and ticket prices will include lunch, all held in the Inverness city-centre based Spectrum Centre.

“We had an exciting, diverse programme in 2011 and I’m looking for a good mix again this year,” Lindsay continued. “Ideas are already coming in.

“I’m interested in showcasing all sorts of shows from comedy, multi-media, dark tragedy to some that might really be exploring issues facing our Highland and Islands society. We’ve always been an opinionated bunch, I think our Theatre can reflect that!”

Anyone interested in finding out how to submit ideas can head to the Play Piece website at www.playpieces.co.uk for more information.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 15th, and Lindsay adds that if people want to chat through their ideas then they can certainly get in touch in advance.

“Play Pieces is all about finding new ways of making Theatre accessible to everyone in the Highlands and islands,” she said.

“Our lunchtime season has already proven popular and we really hope people will continue to support Highland companies who are producing some very exciting work.”