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The Beginning / Debut

The Beginning
Michael Pinchbeck

They have learned their lines.
They are waiting to make their entrance.
They are ready to begin.

Part theatrical memoir, part safety announcement, The Beginning is the second in a trilogy inspired by Shakespearean stage directions and asks what it means to begin. Because he promised never to perform again, Michael has invited Nicki Hobday and Ollie Smith to help him to remember how it feels to perform for the first time.

Contemporary Theatre Practice students from the University of Salford reflect on their own experiences of walking onstage for the first time.

‘Pinchbeck is such an interesting theatre-maker’ The Guardian


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