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We have short pieces from Brian Weaving and David Hutchinson lined up for our meeting next Tuesday, 15 May, leaving time to include another brief work in progress if you have one. There’s also plenty of time available at the following week’s meeting (Tuesday, 22 May) if you need feedback on a longer script.
Josie in Cold Comfort Farm
Group member Josie Rattigan is appearing in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s West Country touring production of Cold Comfort Farm, based on Stella Gibbons’ satirical novel. Catch the show at Bristol’s Redgrave Theatre this weekend.
Get concessionary rates for Festival of Ideas events at Watershed
Watershed is hosting a number of events as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas that are of interest to writers:
Monday, 14 May at 8pm
Angela Carter on Film: The Company of Wolves (18) plus Q&A with producer Steve Woolley
Angela Carter approached gothic storytelling from a Freudian and feminist perspective reinterpreting the motivations behind well-known fables and fairy tales, and The Company of Wolves is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) co-scripted the film with Carter into a loosely structured tale that merges real life with the fantastic imagery of fairy tales and dreams. The screening includes an introduction and Q&A with the film’s producer Steve Woolley.
Sunday, 27 May at 2.30pm
Dickens in London: Reimagining Dickens
Screenwriter and playwright Michael Eaton will be in town to present the new screen adaptation of his rado plays Dickens in London. His screen credits include Fellow Traveller, Signs and Wonders, Shoot to Kill, and Why Lockerbie? Dickens’ life and work continues to inspire artists and filmmakers today, and this interactive, cross-platform experiment brings together artist filmmaker Chris Newby and Michael Eaton to form a biographical portrait of Dickens’ life via film and the spoken word.
Mascara at the Alma
Stepping Out in association with Chrysalis Theatre and Dreamweavers are presenting group member Chrysse Morrison’s play Mascara at the Alma Tavern Theatre from 29 May until 9 June:
‘A young journalist researches the notorious Natashcha Kampusch Australian kidnap case. As her obsession grows, it reveals a frightening web of connections with her own life.’
Engineers’ Blue at new Brass Works Theatre in July
Group committee member Adrian Harris has won Arts Council England funding to produce his play Engineers’ Blue — featured at our meeting on 27 March — in a new theatre space above Kingswood Heritage Museum in Warmley during July. Adrian’s WWII drama will be the debut production at Brass Works Theatre (it’s situated in the former Champion Brass Works), which he plans to develop as South Gloucestershire’s only professional theatre venue.
Adrian is producing the play through his company Papercut Productions.
We’ll bring you more news of the show in this bulletin soon.