theatre in the rough


Producer / Director / Dramaturg

The Theatre in the Rough Festival originated as two standalone festivals of new writing in 2009 and 2011.

From the headquarters of its owners, to the homes of its musicians, the memory of the Titanic is part of the memory of the city itself.

The Theatre in the Rough Festival 2009 staged sixteen plays by thirty writers — two nights of explosive, poetic and comedic new work.

From the idea of the redemption of ambition on a Merseyrail train halted by a suicide, to a comedic tour of Sefton written entirely in Shakespearean rhyming couplets, these plays were diverse, surprising and challenging.

Fest 2009 took place at the old Southport Arts Centre (now The Atkinson).

The Theatre in the Rough Festival 2011 staged two nights of new work bringing local 'hidden histories' of the borough of Sefton back to life.

From Dark Age enigma to the dare-devil pioneers of early aviation, this programme of bold new writing brought the past tearing into the present.

Fest 2011 took place at Unity Theatre Liverpool. An accompanying exhibition also ran at Southport's Botanic Gardens Museum, drawing 19,500 visitors.

An anthology of the writers' plays was also published to coincide with the festival.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards for All, and Express Sefton.

Project Info

2009, 2012

Produced by:
Theatre in the Rough Festival

Chris Fittock

Original Music by:
Christopher Johns

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