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Launch Festival 2024

May 14, 2024

A four-day showcase of theatrical productions by final year Drama students in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Back live at the Lakeside Theatre for the fourth year, the Launch Festival showcases the independent projects of final-year undergraduate students – part of the University’s commitment to nurturing creative talent and intellectual inquisitiveness.

The projects showcased will feature theatrical productions, including: text-based drama, physical theatre, original new work, and film screenings, all live at the Lakeside Theatre.

You are welcome to join us in the Lakeside Theatre for Launch Festival, the shows are FREE and will run from 5pm to around 8.30pm daily, Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 May. Please book in advance if you can, but you are also welcome to just turn up on the night!

Our FREE booking allows you access to all performances on an evening, but you can come and go as you please between performances, particularly if you just wish to support one student. If you wish to attend multiple evenings, please book a FREE ticket for each evening.

Launch Festival line-up

Tuesday 14 May, Group One Dress Rehearsals
– Shannon, 5pm to 5:30pm
– Dan, 5:45pm to 6:15pm
– Adam and Joe, 6:30pm to 7:45pm
– Isobel, 8pm to 8:45pm

Wednesday 15 May, Group One Final Performances
– Shannon, 5pm to 5:30pm
– Dan, 5:45pm to 6:15pm
– Adam and Joe, 6:30pm to 7:45pm
– Isobel, 8pm to 8:45pm

Thursday 16 May, Group A Dress Rehearsals
– Ethan and Eve, 5pm to 6pm
– James, 6:15pm to 6:45pm
– Ellie, 7pm to 7:30pm
– Elle, 7:45pm to 8:30pm

Friday 17 May, Group A Final Performances
– Elle, 5pm to 5:30pm
– Ellie, 5:45pm to 6:15pm
– James, 6:30pm to 7:00pm
– Ethan and Eve, 7:15pm to 8:30pm


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Tue, May 14
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
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