Call for local actors and playwrights to join First Heard theatre

The Observer Building will host First Heard, a series of monthly play-readings of new works by local writers, performed by local professional actors.

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First Heard is your chance to be in at the birth of new and exciting theatre. Who knows, might you might be at the start of the careers of the next Caryl Churchill, Martin McDonagh, Lucy Prebble, Beckett, Pinter or Osbourne?


Do you have a new play ready for public airing? If so get in touch with John Knowles of the O.B. Theatre. The team will need to see a full script and you must be willing to commit to one 'blind' reading, one rehearsal and one public reading of your work, with follow up Q&A.


If you'd like to be considered for the First Heard roster of actors then please get in touch. The theatre needs a full range of ages and ethnicities to support the development of plays into full-scale future performances at the O.B. Theatre.

First Heard will run on the third Wednesday of every month, starting on Wednesday 20 April 2016. It launches with Rat in The Cellar, a radio play by Kate Tym, read by Kate Tym and John Knowles. Tickets £5 on the door / £4.00 concessions.

Contact John Knowles: 07813 035514 /



Bolshoi Babylon at the Electric Palace - 8pm, Saturday 30 April 2016

PG / 86mins / Nick Read/ Mark Franchetti / 2015 / UK, Subtitles

The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure – mystical and intriguing. This documentary pays tribute to the dancers’ extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world’s most famous ballet company.



Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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