Festival of New Writing

    19:30, Thu 7th – Sat 9th March 2024 at Howard Theatre, Downing College
    Lent Week 7

    The annual Festival of New Writing, established in 2014 and now a central and prestigious feature of the Cambridge drama scene, returns in Lent 2024 to showcase the best of the writing talent the student body has to offer.

    Students of all disciplines and from all over Cambridge submit one-act plays to be read and assessed over the Christmas holidays. A select few are chosen to be staged over the three nights of the Festival, directed and performed by students. At the end of each evening, the playwrights are invited to join a panel of top theatre practitioners to discuss their work-in-progress and take questions from the audience. Everyone plays a part!

    The Festival provides students with the opportunity to engage with industry professionals, a unique learning experience, as well as bringing a wonderful theatrical spectacle to the Howard stage. DDS is proud of the fact that many FoNW alumni have gone on to forge successful careers in the Performing Arts as actors, writers and directors.

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    Mother (Tea's Ready)
    Daughter (Tea's Ready)
    Poppy (Vegas)
    Freddie (Vegas)
    Devlin (King and Castle)
    Abiram (King and Castle)
    Frodrick (King and Castle)
    Gulliver (King and Castle)
    William (King and Castle)
    Squire (Anatomy of Misguided Dragonslaying)
    Knight (Anatomy of Misguided Dragonslaying)
    Wizard (Anatomy of Misguided Dragonslaying)
    Goblin (Anatomy of Misguided Dragonslaying)
    The Dog (Dog's Case)
    The Defence (Dog's Case)
    The Justice (Dog's Case)
    Archie (You’re Toast)
    Alexa (You’re Toast)
    Tom (You’re Toast)
    Freya (You’re Toast)
    Penelope (Penelope Quadrangle and the Meaning of Friendship)
    Natalie/Waiter (Penelope Quadrangle and the Meaning of Friendship)
    Bridget (Penelope Quadrangle and the Meaning of Friendship)
    Eve (Michael McIntyre's Mum)
    Jay (Into the Water)
    Sam (Into the Water)
    Amelia (Into the Water)
    Taylor Swift (Anatomy of a Misguided Dragonslaying)

    Production Team

    Festival Officer – , ,
    Writer (Into the Water) –
    Writer (You're Toast) –
    Writer (Dog's Case) –
    Writer (VEGAS) – ,
    Writer (Penelope Quadrangle and the Meaning of Friendship) –
    Writer (Anatomy of a Misguided Dragonslaying) –
    Writer (Tea's Ready) –
    Writer (King and Castle) –
    Writer (Michael McIntyre's Mum) –
    Director (Into the Water) –
    Director (Penelope Quadrangle and the Meaning of Friendship) –
    Director (You're Toast) –
    Director (Dog's Case) –
    Director (King and Castle) –
    Director (VEGAS) –
    Director (Tea's Ready) –
    Director (Michael McIntyre's Mum) –
    Assistant Director (VEGAS) –
    Director (Anatomy of a Misguided Dragonslaying) –
    Contributing Editor (Tea's Ready) –
    Technician – ,
    Publicity Designer
    Publicity Manager