We’re wrapping up 2018 on Tuesday, 11 December, with a meeting in the Rehearsal Room at Bristol Old Vic in King Street, BS1 4ED.

Bristol Old Vic has secured its Rehearsal Room and we need to access this meeting place as follows: Please sign in at reception next to the bar and gather near the disabled toilet on Level 0 (Dress Circle) ahead of the meeting at 8pm — we will go to the meeting together from here. If you arrive late for the meeting, sign in and ask BOV staff to direct you to the Rehearsal Room on Level 3. Please do not bring drinks from the bar into the meeting. Everyone attending pays £2.

Tuesday, 11 December at 8pm: Open Workshop

Our pre-solstice session features Letharium, Rebecca Inoue’s short screenplay about alcoholism, Taking Sides, a 200-word soupçon from Brian Weaving, and continues Briony Pope’s Detached, which placed in the top ten percent of scripts submitted in Bristol Old Vic’s Open Session this summer.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 8pm: Open Workshop

Your first chance to put your New Year’s scriptwriting resolutions to the test, our 2019 debut meeting is in Bristol Old Vic’s Clore Learning Studio.


Ross’s Wolfie at Theatre503 next spring

Wolfie by Ross Willis

London’s Theatre503 is presenting Southwest Scriptwriters alumnus Ross Willis’ play Wolfie from 20 March to 13 April 2019.

Ross worked with Theatre503’s artistic director, Lucy Spirling — who will direct the production — which, he tweeted, is ‘inspired by the way I was raised & the way I live now because of it.’

‘A spiralling odyssey of dizzying theatricality, Wolfie is a bold, fantastical fairytale following two twins separated at birth and asks who is truly responsible for society’s most vulnerable children.’

After airing work at Southwest Scriptwriters during the group’s Watershed era, Ross was one of six writers Bristol Old Vic selected for development in its 2016 Open Session. Ross subsequently developed his BOV breakthrough play, Wonder Boy, in the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab through which it became a finalist for the theatre’s Tony Craze Award. He won one of the quintet of places on Theatre503’s 2017/2018 503five writers’ attachment with an early version of Wolfie during which he developed the script towards production.

Find out more about Ross’s recent success and book tickets for Wolfie on Theatre503’s website.

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Scouting for Scratch Nights II scripts

Scratch Nights home page header

After the success of our debut Scratch Nights showcase in October, we’re now on the lookout for scripts for the follow-up event scheduled for Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Scratch Nights II will again feature works in progress by participants in our regular workshop programme. This time we’re offering our writers the chance to show longer works — the first act of a full-length play, perhaps, or the initial hour of a feature film script — and so we’ll have time for only the most promising pieces.

We’re staging Scratch Nights II aboard Lightship Theatre in Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SG. Four professional actors (two male and two female) will give script-in-hand performances of the selected work to a paying audience in the evening of 13 March after rehearsing it with an established director during the day.

The submission deadline for Scratch Nights II is midnight on Monday, 4 February. Find out the email address for script submissions at one of our upcoming meetings.


Uploads for BBC Radio Bristol

Upload with Adam Crowther
Upload with Adam Crowther

BBC Radio Bristol’s Upload with Adam Crowther show is seeking material for the weekday evening programme (Mondays to Fridays at 7.00pm except when the station is covering sporting fixtures).

The show sources content from people in the BBC Radio Bristol area, inviting them to upload audio to its website for consideration. You don’t need to turn in polished productions — material recorded on your smartphone will do nicely — and the show is open to all kinds of content:

‘If you perform comedy or drama, make music, create any kind of audio, or want to have a go at making radio on any subject that you’re into, and you want to get noticed: Upload it.
‘Maybe you write, comedy, drama, poetry, anything from a one line gag to a short story or play: Upload it.
‘Or perhaps you’re vlogging, podcasting or making videos or more: Upload it.’

Learn more and listen to previous editions of Upload with Adam Crowther on the show’s website.

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