RSC and Pilot Nights offer showcase to emerging theatre talent

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The Royal Shakespeare Company has teamed up with PILOT Nights as part of its festivities to celebrate Midsummer.

PILOT Sites meets Midsummer Sundae, taking place on June 21, will offer independent theatre-makers a platform to perform new work.

Each of the pieces, which last 10 to 20 minutes, will be repeated throughout the afternoon around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the surrounding Swan Gardens and Bancroft Terrace.

All pieces are works in progress and are inspired by the architecture of the Stratford-upon-Avon based theatre, as well as Shakespeare’s words and stories.

Louisa Davies, RSC Events Manager, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with PILOT Nights to celebrate Midsummer with an array of brand new work.

“As a national theatre based in the heart of the Midlands, it is important that we invite independent theatre-makers to test and share their work where possible and put Stratford-upon-Avon at the centre of an exciting day full of free family Midsummer entertainment and new theatre.”

Pippa Frith, independent producer and part of the PILOT Nights management team, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of this year’s series of PILOT Nights events which will also see us team up with venues from across the Midlands.

“It is really important for us to develop relationships between leading theatre venues and the support of the RSC is invaluable as we embark on the second ever PILOT Sites event.”

Set up in 2003 by Simon Day, PILOT Nights was designed to be an artist-led platform to test new ideas and work in front of an audience, at an early stage in its development.

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