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Essex On Stage – playreadings

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. It includes commissioning new plays, establishing a network of venues, touring drama about Essex across Essex for new audiences, organising local events to develop talent and making life changing projects with communities.

The programme kicks off with the regional premiere of David Eldridge‘s In Basildon. Alongside this are rehearsed readings of new plays in development from three exciting Essex playwrights.

Essex on Stage Play Readings

11.30am – Tammy by Kelly Jones

2.45pm – Legacy by Dan Murphy

5.30pm – Stiletto Beach by Sadie Hasler

7.30pm – In Basildon by David Eldridge

  • £5 per play reading
  • £10 if you buy all three play readings as a package
  • £25 (Under 26s £18) to see all three play readings and the evening performance of In Basildon.

Put a ticket for each of the four shows in your basket and the discount will apply automatically. (Offer applies to the Sat 23 Mar 8pm performance only – Collection only – Please show proof of age if U26).

Essex on Stage has been made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the recipient of the 2018 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, a competitive annual prize given to a regional producing theatre, that has only ever been awarded five times.



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