Win two tickets (and a bottle of prosecco) to the final of OFF CUT Festival, the short play competition where you decide, at 53two in Manchester.

One of the UK’s most successful platforms for undiscovered writing, acting and directing talent has found a new home in the North. For five years, OFF CUT Festival was one of London’s biggest springboards for many new careers and working relationships, all born in the spirit of collaboration, camaraderie and friendly competition with an emphasis on audience engagement.

What happens?

Over the past few weeks, 15 brand new short plays from writers around the country have been rehearsed and reworked by Manchester’s finest up-and-coming directors and actors, ready for performance. They will be shown in three groups of five plays, and the audience will then be asked to vote for their favourite plays. The top two plays from each group will go through to be performed again on the last day of the festival. Here, the audience will be asked to vote on the plays again alongside a panel of industry professionals who will also be selecting their favourite pieces. Judges include Bruntwood Prize Winner and first OFF CUT winner, Anna Jordan; Acting Artistic Director of Oldham Coliseum, Chris Lawson; Casting Director, Joanne Moss and Nickie Miles-Wildin of the Royal Exchange.

Daniel Brennan – Creator/Producer Off CutEach of these plays will be in the running for these awards:

The Audience Award for Favourite Play

The Audience Award for Favorite Performance

The Panel Award for Writing

The Panel Award for Directing

The Panel Award for Ensemble Acting.

The competition

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the final of OFF CUT Festival on January 25, all you have to do is sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right-hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘OFF CUT’.

Closing date: January 23, 2018

Winners will be picked at random and notified by: January 24, 2018