Season’s greetings from Southwest Scriptwriters

Wishing you health and happiness this Yuletide with thanks for your support in a turbulent 2020. Looking forward to your scriptwriting successes in 2021!

We’re drawing 2020 to a close with December’s second Zoom session this evening, Wednesday, 16 — join us online for some lively, COVID-secure, pre-Christmas scriptwriting discussion!

Follow these four simple steps to join us:

  1. Tap or click the ‘I’m attending’ button in the meeting listing below. A panel headed ‘I’m attending on…’ will appear.
  2. In the ‘I’m attending on…’ panel, tap or click the PayPal logo and follow the instructions to contribute your £2 subs using your debit or credit card.
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  4. The ‘Thank you for your subs payment’ email includes the Zoom meeting ID and password. If you’re unsure how to use these to log in to the meeting, follow our handy guide.

Wednesday, 16 December at 7.30pm on Zoom: Open Workshop

Continuing with our fresh approach of exploring the scriptwriting process based on brief examples of our writers’ work, tonight’s meeting features short scripts by Bruce Fellows and Brian Weaving.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom: Hellish by Abigail Martin

Abigail gets 2021 underway for us with two extracts from her TV pilot in which 26-year-old Jonah Blake’s semi-peaceful life is disrupted by Scelus, a demon who has come to Earth in search of mortal souls.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom: COVID-19: The Musical by Tom de Val

We’ve pencilled an extra session (to be confirmed in our January newsletter) this evening for an excerpt of Tom’s topical musical in which Geoff, a bricky forced into unemployment during the early stages of the pandemic, struggles to overcome his selfish nature and ask for help from his widower neighbour Harry.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom: Open Workshop

Get in touch using our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form to secure some time for your work.


Audio adjustment for Papatango Prize 2021

Papatango Prize 2021

Papatango Theatre Company has tweaked its annual New Writing Prize competition for UK- and Republic of Ireland-based writers in response to the pandemic.

This time, it’s teamed-up with English Touring Theatre to triple the number of first-prizewinning scripts. Three overall winners will receive £2000 each plus audio productions of their plays and digital publication by Nick Hern Books.

The audio productions will tour the UK, taking in venues including Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Papatango’s panel of professional script readers reads entries anonymously and offers brief feedback on each one. The submission deadline is midnight on Sunday, 7 February 2021.

Learn more