ENERZAYA GUNDALAI reviews the 24 February performances of the seventh ACT II Festival at the Arcola Theatre. A quick online search for the ACT II Festival floats many a promise to the theatre-goer: the largest ever inter-university theatrical collaboration in London, and new plays written by students that were developed under the nurturing wing of professional playwrights, including Sasha Hails and David Farr. Over 100 students and 15 universities were involved, creating 13 shows spread across 4 performances. Hosted at the award-winning, off West End Arcola Theatre, the potential of the fledgling writers, directors and actors seemed immense to me, as I arrived for the first matinee and evening performances. The themes the festival approached were modern and relevant: contemporary plays written by students for students. Certainly, no generation of playwrights before our own had as much to say about identity, gender fluidity and artificial intelligence. If the ACT II…Continue Reading

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