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. Why Are You Still Here? by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield Be warned. When disturbing revelations and betrayal surface in old age, the pain is no less acute and the anger no less fierce. Balls by Jack Hughes and Tamara von Werthern American Donna and British Belinda are poised for tee-off, their fabulous hair wind-swept and their wedges firmly gripped, but first they need to talk business – it’s a tough world out there, a man’s world – but they are set to make their mark. Progress by Annie Fox The students and parents all love the charismatic new history teacher, so why does Kate, his head of department, find him so unsettling? The End of Us by Emma Fenton-Wells Nine hours until humanity’s democratically chosen destruction – Sounds like the perfect time to break up.