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Fifth Word is a female-led organisation run by joint Artistic Directors and founding members Laura Ford & Angharad Jones. Based in the East Midlands, Fifth Word is a leading regional new writing company dedicated to discovering, championing, developing, nurturing and producing the most exciting playwrights of today. We produce and tour urgent, critically-acclaimed new plays, and create in-depth community projects, telling stories that connect particularly with younger audiences (14-25) & under-represented communities across the UK. Fifth Word is an associate company at Oxford Playhouse, former associates at Nottingham Playhouse & previous winners of the Olwen Wymark Award.

Fifth Word’s most recent production of LAVA – a new play by Critics’ Circle Theatre Award winner and Olivier-nominated playwright James Fritz – will tour the UK Spring 2022 as a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse.

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The Stage

All Fifth Word’s productions and projects work to addresses the inequalities that exist in access to the arts and foster creative ambition among young people and marginalised groups,by directly paying and enabling artists to make work; by nurturing emerging artists from a variety of backgrounds and by assisting communities in reclaiming theatre as a relevant space for them and their stories.

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