This October sees the launch of Outer Limits Southend, a two-day festival celebrating Essex creatives. Featuring play-readings, theatre, poetry, storytelling, spoken word, music, panel discussions and talks, the festival takes place throughout the weekend at Metal in Chalkwell Hall on Saturday 12 October, and at The Railway Hotel on Sunday 13 October.

The festival runs from 12-11pm on Saturday 12 October and from 3-11pm on Sunday 13 October. Highlights of the festival include a panel discussion on Women Who Create Art, performances from Brigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy, and an intimate hometown session from musician Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Following on from their immensely successful Essex Girls and Boys season, Outer Limits Southend is the latest step in the Theatre’s Essex On Stage programme. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is reuniting with Sadie Hasler, co-Artistic Director of Old Trunk Theatre. Her play Stiletto Beach, was commissioned by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch as part of Essex On Stage, and had its world premiere at the Theatre in September.

Essex on Stage is an ambitious new two year programme led by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, championing positive notions of Essex, celebrating theatre made by working class people and raising aspirations for emerging artists from Essex and Outer East London. The programme has been made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation.

Old Trunk Theatre is a two-woman theatrical operation. They are dedicated to creating strong roles for women, in plays about women, driven by women. Their first two-hander, Pramkicker, an unrelentingly sharp comedy about what it means to be a modern woman, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, was invited to be part of the King’s Head Theatre‘s 40 year anniversary celebration of new writing.

Outer Limits Southend runs at Metal on Saturday 12 October and at The Railway Hotel on Sunday 13 October. Tickets are free, but booking in advance is recommended. Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or by clicking here.

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