Old Vic New Voices and IdeasTap announce The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices 2012

Old Vic New Voices and IdeasTap announce: 
The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices 2012 

Applications open Monday 6th August (close 23rd August) 
Maximum age limit increased from 25 to 30 
The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices weekend 27th to 28th October 2012 
Places for 20 actors, 6 producers, 6 writers, and 6 directors 

For the seventh year running, Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) partner with The 24 Hour Play Company and IdeasTap to discover the next generation of theatrical talent in a grand theatrical experiment like no other. A company of thirty eight actors, writers, directors and producers aged between 18 and 30 will be challenged to create six brand new short plays from scratch in just twenty four hours. From the playwrights’ first ideas to casting, rehearsals, prop sourcing, the lighting design and sound effects, everything must be completed in one day, ready to be staged in front of more than one thousand VIPs and members of the public, on The Old Vic’s 193-year-old-stage.

2012 sees a new increase in the upper age limit from 25 to 30, with twenty places available for actors, along with six for producers, six for directors and six for writers.

Steve Winter, Director, Old Vic New Voices, comments: “We’ve reacted to the requests to up our age limit, so for the first time this year we’re inviting applicants from 18 to 30 years of age. We believe this will help us find the very best people around and build on our existing successes in discovering talent over the last six years. Over the last year we have seen the most extraordinary success from the 2011 participants, with many working in the very highest echelons of our industry. It is without doubt THE project to be part of if you want to propel your career in theatre forward.”

The project has launched over 250 careers with many participants securing agents, West End contracts, TV roles and commissions. 2011’s event saw offers and opportunities for participants flood in. Producer Sophie Watson was appointed as Programme and Projects Manager at Watford Palace Theatre. Director Oliver Rose was appointed Associate Director on Hampstead’s hit Chariots of Fire and Jude Monk McGowan played Tuskevitch in Working Title’s Anna Karenina.

Previous alumni include Olivier Award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations at Royal Court); director Michael Longhurst (If There is I Haven’t Found it Yet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Roundabout New York) producer Emma Brunjes (General Manager, Nimax Theatres) and actor Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations and film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman).

Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) supports emerging talent, inspires young people and opens The Old Vic Theatre to new and diverse audiences through three strands of work: OVNV Education, OVNV Community, OVNV Talent. OVNV receives no public subsidy and is funded entirely through philanthropic giving by corporations, individuals and trusts & foundations.

To apply for The 24 Hour Plays visit