The Royal Court in Sloane Square is booming at the moment. In the past few years the theatre has enjoyed enormous success with productions such as Jerusalem and Clybourne Park, and we expect this year to be no different. The theatre's Young Writers Festival 2012 is now in full swing: billed as “the biggest and boldest yet”, there is a plethora of exciting things to see and get involved with. And this Friday night is no exception.
The festival is not just about theatre and new writing, there are also spoken word nights, literary tours and, to welcome in this weekend, a night of music. After the final curtain call the seductively entitled Afterdark section of the festival grooves into action. Whether it’s motown or old school funk that gets your feet tapping, DJ Mickey Smith – or ‘Jazzheadchronic’ to his mates – will be transforming the bar into a dance floor. So make sure there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you and your dancing shoes from this brilliant, free event.
The bar is excellent and will be buzzing with post show punters. Even if you haven’t seen the two shows on that night you can still enjoy a bit of new writing. As part of the festival the public have been asked to write their own 100 word play meaning the space is adorned with hundreds of different stories. Beer mats, toilet doors, hanging from the ceiling: everywhere you look there’s a new story to read. Anyone can enter so why not scribble out your own 100 word masterpiece and send it in?
By Simon Anderson
Music in the Bar is on Friday 16 March at the Royal Court, Sloane Square from 10.15pm. Find out more about the Young Writers Festival 2012 running till 14 April.
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