Founded in 2004 by David Slack, the 24:7 Theatre Festival takes its cues from the spirit of originality and the ‘can do’ attitude of Manchester and the vibrancy of new talent at the Edinburgh Fringe. 24:7 nurtures new talent in writing, directing, performing and producing in order to maintain the cultural tradition of the city, to enhance the cultural experiences of Mancunians and to help build Manchester’s global reputation as a cultural centre.
The first festival attracted audiences of 1,600 people across a week of events in Manchester’s bars and clubs, increasing its audience numbers each year and attracting the support of many notable figures in UK theatre, film and television.
24:7 provides venues and technical support for all companies involved; allowing practitioners the license to develop work with the resources at their disposal, an ethic which relies not on the quantity of money available, but the strength of artistic ideas.
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