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Cubed: Key Theatre to host short play festival this March

Buckle your theatrical seatbelts because this March, Peterborough Mask Theatre are bringing an incredible six short plays to the stage in their newly revamped festival: CUBED.

This celebration of some of the most exciting new writing from around the world kicks off on March 15 at the Key Theatre Studio and runs until the March 23. The plays will be presented in double bills, meaning you can see all six in just three nights!

CUBED festival first launched in March 2020, but was cut short due to the first lockdown. Mask Theatre had hoped to relaunch in 2021 but uncertainty about large gatherings caused another postponement.

Finally in early January 2022, they were ready to announce the festival for the spring when news of the Key Theatres closure hit the headlines. Recent news of Selladoor’s takeover has been a huge relief for the team at Mask.

Marketing officer, Becky Owen-Fisher says: “The news that the Key Theatre has been saved is absolutely wonderful. The plays in CUBED festival deserve a fantastic stage and a brilliant audience and the Key Theatre studio is the perfect place to perform.

Six plays will feature in the festival demonstrate some of the most challenging, exciting, moving and interesting new writing out there at the moment with something for everyone."

On March 15, 18 and 21, CUBED will be showcasing 'Contractions', a black comedy about work and play and the corporate machine by Mark Bartlett as well as 'Constellation' by Nick Payne, a beautiful and heartbreaking romance set in parallel universes. 

On March 16, 19 and 23, Enda Walsh presents 'How These Desperate Men Talk', a dissection of memories in search of truth followed by 'Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons' by Sam Steiner, a dystopian drama about what we say, how we say it and the effects of restrictions on our lives.

On March 17, 19 (matinee) and 22; Di Fox will take an intimate look at a life well lived with 'Sitting here' followed by Samantha Ellis's hilarious take on different views of feminism in 'How to Date a Feminist' 

Each double bill will be performed three times, so there’s plenty of chance to catch them all!”

Tickets for CUBED are £9 (including booking fee) per double bill, which means you can see all six plays for under £30 in total.

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