The best playwrights have an ear for dialogue, which is why we’ve commissioned some of our favourites to celebrate the art of conversation. Two Fest’s fresh new duologues will introduce you to parents and their children, siblings, co-workers, friends, old married couples and young new lovers. Each short play will challenge you to listen closely as its pairing navigates life in 2020. If you’ve ever argued politics with family, clashed with a colleague, felt betrayed or missed someone after they’ve gone, you will find plenty to relate to across Two Fest’s three programmes of sparkling new work. Two is company, after all. Two Fest: Programme A Foliage by Arthur Cole Tending to their plants, a brother nurtures what life he can. But confronted with the truth, can he cut the roots that bind him? Luigi’s and Pickle’s Shoes by Mike Carter What if husbands just left the scene? A Crying Shame by Mark Jones When a video of a firefighter crying goes viral, a popular feminist vlogger spots an opportunity to challenge toxic masculine behaviours — and get to the bottom of why men don’t cry. Mnemonic by Luke Stapleton If you are unable to move on, how much of a life should you rewind and replay? In this digital age, the question is more pressing than ever.