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24:7: Gone but not forgotten

After a week of theatre heaven, the houselights are up and the curtains have been drawn on this year’s 24:7 Theatre Festival. We take a look at one of the theatre’s plays, Cold Light Singing by Yvonne Pinnington…

Published on August 2nd 2006.


24:7: Gone but not forgotten

After a week of theatre heaven, the houselights are up and the curtains have been drawn on this year’s 24:7 Theatre Festival. Last week was a thespian’s paradise, with productions playing to packed audiences at five non theatre venues across Manchester.

Over seven days, 17 new plays were showcased to Manchester’s theatre lovers in venues including The Midland Hotel, Walkabout and Bedlam Bar.

Cold Light Singing

I went down to the Midland Hotel at the weekend to check out Yvonne Pinnington’s play, Cold Light Singing, a poignant play about the Pendle Witch trials.

With a five strong cast, no set, minimal props and performed in a small function suite in the Midland Hotel, this was theatre stripped down to its bare bones – and it really worked.

The play is set in the 17th century and centres on three very different women accused of witchcraft and locked up in Lancaster prison. It very powerfully explores the way in which religious intolerance, personal grudges and ignorance contributed towards the deaths of thirteen supposed witches in Pendle.

Well researched and thoughtfully performed, Cold Light Singing is evocative and highly atmospheric, and the non theatre venue just reinforced the strengths of the play itself.

What next..?

September will see a ‘Best of 24:7’ mini-season at the Bolton Octagon Theatre, with three of the festival’s most well received plays being showcased. For details, click here

Of course, the 24:7 Theatre Festival will be back in full force next July – to receive up to date information simply go to the website (www.247theatrefestival.co.uk) to register for emails.

Jayne Robinson
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