In its 6th year, New Text New Theatre Project created a festival format which included presenting new plays in the form of play readings, discussing plays and supporting first plays which meant a lot for new
writers and playwriting scene in Turkey. Adding another innovation to festival making, the festival was connected to the 5 months workshop period of the project. The plays were selected among the attendants of
New Text New Theatre Festival became a pioneer in supporting the first plays of new playwrights. By means of this it is aimed to increase the visibility of the new writers and introduce them into the performing arts
sector. The first festival took place in April, 2012; 4 play readings and 3 productions of the plays written by new Turkish writers were staged by theatre professionals. A French director, Emmanuel Daumas, staged one
of the selected plays.
Panels, play readings and workshops were done in this two-day festival. Seven new plays were staged in the festival.
The second festival took place between 21 – 26 May 2013 and the works chosen among the written plays met the audience. Moreover, Italian contemporary theatre ensemble Ricci/forte came to Istanbul and held a three day- workshop. Their play “Macademia Nut Brittle” was presented as a staged play reading by biriken (Melis Tezkan – Okan Urun). As part of the festival the video of Ricci/Forte’s work “Grimmless” was also shown. More than 1000 audience watched, discussed and participated in the presentation of the plays in New Text New Theater Festival.