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Sixty by Sixty: an Anonymous Collection of 60 Sixty-Second Audio Plays at The SJT

Recording Sixty by Sixty, from left, sound recorder Eloise Whitman, actors Emma Manton and Russell Dixon and SJT Artistic Director Chris Monks at Scarborough Library

Can you tell a David Hare play from a John Godber, a Tim Firth play from Deborah McAndrew’s or even from a schoolgirl’s?

In the latest event to celebrate 60 years of new writing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, the theatre presents Sixty by Sixty, an anonymous collection of 60 sixty-second audio plays comprising 20 plays by established writers, 20 by emerging writers and 20 by community writers.

Sixty by Sixty has been compiled, edited and directed by Artistic Director Chris Monks and is available to listen to online at with an introduction by Alan Ayckbourn. There is also the opportunity to see the full cycle in a live performance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 31 October.

Artistic Director Chris Monks said:

"Sixty by Sixty celebrates new writing at the SJT in all its glory: established, emerging and community writers brought together in a collaborative project that will entertain and inspire."

Themed as The Library Plays, The School Plays and The Cinema Plays, the recordings were made on location at the company’s previous homes, Scarborough Library and Westwood Campus, and its current home based in a former Odeon cinema building.

In total, there are 29 works by female writers and 31 by males, however these will not be individually attributed to their author. Well-known playwrights include Vanessa Brooks, Fiona Evans, Barney Norris, Andrew Pollard, Jane Thornton, Nick Warburton and David Wood while Claudine Toutoungi and Isabel Wright whose plays premiered at the SJT last year are among the emerging writers.

Following an open submission earlier this year, plays by members of the community were anonymously judged by Chris Monks resulting in 20 writers making the selection, among them a librarian, a criminal justice system worker, a teaching assistant, a retired chief inspector and two schoolgirls aged 11 years.

Sixty by Sixty has been recorded with the help of writers, professional and community actors and recording artists who have given their time freely to contribute to the theatre’s 60th anniversary fundraising campaign in support of new work. All 60 audio plays can be streamed from the theatre’s website for a voluntary donation and contributions from the live performance will also go towards the appeal.

Sixty by Sixty Live can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday 31 October at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to 12.50, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at

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