Southwest Scriptwriters continues throughout the silly season with a duo of serious script development opportunities in August. The first of this month’s open workshop meetings is this evening, Tuesday, 13 August, while the second is hard on the heels of the bank holiday weekend on 27 August.

Both meetings are in the Coopers’ Loft at Bristol Old Vic, King Street, BS1 4ED. Sign in at reception near the bar on the ground floor and take the lift to the top floor — please ask BOV staff if you need directions. Everyone attending pays £2.

Book a workshop slot

As well as our August dates listed below, we have two sessions booked in September — find all our upcoming meetings on our What’s on page. Schedule some time to discuss your work in progress at a meeting using our Book a workshop slot form.

Tuesday, 13 August at 8pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 27 August at 8pm: Open Workshop


Checkpoint now in Edinburgh

Checkpoint by Saito Hawkins
As reported in last month’s newsletter, Saito Hawkins is joining the annual performing arts pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present her satirical stage play, Checkpoint.

Saito aired Checkpoint at a group meeting early this year and we featured the play in our second Scratch Nights session in March. Startled Cat Theatre previewed the Edinburgh production (which Saito is also directing) aboard Lightship Theatre last month and the show is now playing at Venue 29, Paradise in The Vault — The Annexe until Saturday, 17 August.

Since opening in Edinburgh on 2 August, Checkpoint has scored a four-star rating from The Wee Review website, which describes the play as a ‘masterful dark satire about the harsh realities faced by migrants.’

Wishing Saito and Startled Cat further success on the Fringe!

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Pen for INK Festival

East Anglia-based theatre company INK has opened a UK-wide submission window for work to feature in its annual festival scheduled for April 2020.

The company is seeking 30-minute plays, 15-minute radio plays and ten-minute themed plays (including the words ‘inside out’). It also has Radio Game Show and Young Writer categories. You should restrict your cast size to five actors or fewer (three or fewer for themed plays) and keep staging requirements to a minimum.

INK will present professional performances of the scripts it selects at its Festival at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk in the spring.

Submit your scripts to INK via its website by 5 October.