Our new season continues in the Coopers’ Loft, ask at the bar on the first floor for directions. Everyone attending for £1.

Tuesday, 23 April at 7.30pm: A Christmas Soldier by Keith Melton

A reading of Keith’s black comedy for radio about a man returning to his long-neglected family and trying to get back with his wife — not altogether successfully!

Tuesday, 30 April at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 7 May at 7.30pm: The Parliament Tree by Sian M Williams

A reading of Sian’s comic tale of politics, rebellion and betrayal in a West Country town where history always repeats itself as bullshit…

Tuesday, 14 to Saturday, 18 May: We’re in the Tobacco Factory!

See below for details of the performances of the winning scripts in our 2001/02 competition. Please come to as many shows as you can.

Tuesday, 21 May at 7.30pm: Meet Andy Burden of the Rondo

A re-arranged workshop with Andy Burden, who runs the Rondo Theatre in Bath, on the theme of writers working with actors and directors. He promised he’ll remember to show up this time!

Tuesday, 28 May at 7.30pm: Open Workshop


New Writing Competition Winners at the Tobacco Factory

Please support this event on as many evenings as you can — The Tobacco Factory seats 200 and we need to fill it up! There’s a bar at the Tobacco Factory and two restaurants downstairs, so you can have a great night out. All performances start at 7.45pm and the bar closes at 11.00pm. The winner, Seven Sisters by Ray Brooking and Judy Thunhurst, and the runner-up, In Charge by Brian Weaving, will be performed as a double-bill on both Thursday, 16 May and Saturday, 18 May. On Tuesday, 14 May there’s another double-bill, Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey by Kate Stonham and Daisy’s Chain by Claire Griffiths. On Wednesday, 15 May you can see Oh, I Don’t Know About That by Michael Karwowski and on Friday, 17 May Canute2 by John Colborn. So there’s great and varied entertainment all week. See you there!


Mark’s Doctors story accepted

Congratulations to Mark Breckon who’s had his first story idea accepted for BBC1’s Doctors. Mark’s now completed the scene-by-scene structure, which includes the ongoing story lines, and is (nervously!) awaiting the final go-ahead.


Hamilton Mattress scores at British Animation Awards

Congratulations, too, to Anna Farthing and John Webster whose animated film Hamilton Mattress, shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day, has won the Best Television Special category in the British Animation Awards. The film has also been shortlisted for the prestigious international BANFF Awards.


Entries invited for Warehouse International Playwriting Competition

The 17th International Playwriting Competition organised by the Warehouse Theatre Company, for which Andy Graham’s Danger Men was shortlisted last year (out of 500 entries), is inviting entries for the 2002 Festival. Closing date is 30 June and plays should be between 90 and 120 minutes long and not have been submitted for production elsewhere.


Tragickall Medickall Historie at the Tobacco Factory

Steve Hennessy’s play, The Tragickall Medickall Historie of William Shakespeare, Bard of Bedlam, will run at the Tobacco Factory from 1 to 5 May.