Established in 2007 Pick n Mix Theatre Festival is going from strength to strength. This unique initiative of work and companies in progress takes place in June every year over a long weekend. It started at the Old Museum Arts Centre and in 2012 it moved to its new home in The MAC.
With participation from most of Northern Ireland’s established and emerging dance and theatre companies and artists the festival is a feast of children’s theatre, dance, rehearsed readings and full productions of new plays, old forgotten gems and devised shows. The weekend is one of the highlights in the year for the theatre community and our audiences.
From April Sundays to Pick n Mix
The seed of Pick n Mix was sown at a Writers and Theatre Practitioners meeting in March 04 held by Tinderbox Theatre Company. The gathered writers asked for the return of April Sundays or a similar event for writers and theatre practitioners to get together to enjoy and discuss work being developed in Northern Ireland. The independent theatre companies took this on board and joined forces with the Old Museum Arts Centre to create and run the festival collectively. It is a truly collaborative effort.
Tinderbox at Pick n Mix
2007 – Rehearsed readings of Star Struck by Rosemary Jenkinson and Weirdwolf by Jimmy McAleavey
2008 – Rehearsed reading of Where the Shoe Pinches by John McClelland
2009 – Rehearsed reading of Plan D by Hannah Khalil
2011 – Seven Days in June, satirical and hard hitting topical pieces written by Julie Dutkiewicz, John McCann and Jimmy McAleavey. The short plays were developed and rehearsed up to the minute the audience arrived.
2012 – Rehearsed reading of Graveyard Shift by Noel McCann
2013 – Rehearsed reading of Summertime by David Ireland