new writing festival
20:20 Vision Theatre Ltd. is a not for profit creative venture spearheaded by Fake Escape.
Formed in 2012 specifically for The Bath Fringe Festival, 20:20 Vision combines two strands; a new writing festival nurturing unheard voices from ‘Generation Y’, and an arts collective for theatre-makers from the South West embarking on theatrical careers throughout the UK and internationally. Through the 20:20 Vision New Writing Festival, we are able to uncover voices within the next generation of playwrights aged 18 – 30; giving a public platform to voices who otherwise may be remain unheard. Through our arts collective, we aim to provide resources across a range of performative outlets, again for creative artists in the formative stages of their careers.
We decided to form 20:20 Vision as a direct response to many young colleagues and peers in the Bath area having difficulties seeing their theatrical work realised in front of a public audience. We have since built relationships with the Bath Fringe Festival and the Old Theatre Royal Bath (Bath Masonic Halls Trust) and through these two partnerships successfully produced 5 successful 20:20 Vision New Writing Festivals. In 2015 we decided to produce our inaugural London production, Classified, which showcased 4 new plays by young unproduced playwrights dealing with true stories of unsolved mysteries at The Space Arts Centre on The Isle of Dogs. This production transferred to the 300 seat Hounslow Arts Centre in January, where it received another very successful reception. We are now regularly producing work across the country in London, Edinburgh, Berkshire, Hereford, Bristol and most importantly Bath.
The Bath Fringe remains central to our yearly programme of work, and we are passionate about developing relationships with the local council and private landlords alike to utilise empty and unused commercial space in the city. Our previous success has shown how integral the arts are to local communities, and we believe the opportunity to combine a disused building with nurturing local talent across many different field of the arts would be both lucrative and rewarding.