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Six writers, six plays, one theme. Dirty Protest Presents.....Out With The Old     

Six writers, six plays, one theme. Dirty Protest Presents.....Out With The Old Skins writer Lucy Kirkwood, who the Independent recently named the UK's Brightest Young Stage Writer joins award-winning playwrights and one newcomer for the latest Dirty Protest event this week.

Fresh from a sell-out performance at Camden's Roundhouse the critically acclaimed Welsh theatre company will present a night of new plays for the price of....well just over a pint.

Curated by award-winning playwright Chloe Moss, some of the most talked about and respected writers of the London stage were each given the challenge to write a new play with the theme Out With the Old.

In keeping with the company's tradition of short, engaging and entertaining pieces, each play must be no less than three minutes and no more than 10 and had to be written within 4 weeks.

The plays were all first performed at London's Roundhouse in December, with established writers taking the same stage and billing as a selection of newcomers from the theatre's new writing course.

The Cardiff performance will feature one of the newcomers, Cherrypopper Melissa Manteghi, who since writing for Dirty Protest is in talks with one national theatre about further writing commissions.

Melissa will be joined by Skins' writer Lucy Kirkwood, Rebecca Lenkiewicz who was the first woman to have an original play on the National Theatre Stage, Collette Kane, Chris Thorpe, and Chloe Moss herself.

Dirty Protest's Claire Hill said, "These plays were seen by a sold out London audience in December and since then we have been dying for our loyal Welsh audiences to see the plays. So it is great to be able to bring them to the Cardiff Arts Institute this week with a brilliant new Welsh cast which includes Matthew Bulgo, Erin Richards and Helen Rosser Davies."

The night will be directed by Dirty Protest's Mared Swain and the National Theatre of Wales' Mathilde Lopez.

Since launching in 2007, Dirty Protest has quickly become a strong presence in Cardiff nightlife, the Welsh theatre scene and beyond. Sell out performances in Milgi, nightclub Ten Feet Tall, the Sherman theatre and performances at Latitude Festival, Wales Millennium Centre and Clwb Ifor Bach have cemented the company’s reputation. The National Theatre of Wales’ Artistic Director John McGrath even called the company "one of the most dynamic initiatives in theatre at the moment - a mad, messy collective of writers and theatre artists with something worthwhile to say."

Writers, actors and directors have flocked to work with the not-for-profit company, keen to join the merry band and giving young people an introduction to relevant theatre by taking plays to the bars and charging the same amount as a pint for a night of new work.

Award winning playwright like Ed Thomas and Gary Owen, scriptwriters from Doctor Who/Torchwood's Helen Raynor to Skins' writer Lucy Kirkwood, Duncan MacMillan, SlungLow’s Matthew David Scott have all shared the stage with newcomers like Rhiannon Boyle, Alex Vlahos, Elen Moore and Ross Southard.

*Cardiff Arts Institute, February 18, 8pm. £4

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