Season’s greetings from Southwest Scriptwriters

Wishing you health and happiness this festive season with thanks for your support in 2021. Looking forward to your scriptwriting successes in 2022!

Southwest Scriptwriters gets set for the celebrations next Wednesday, 8 December, when we take a look at the script of a seasonal cinema favourite — join our yuletide Zoom using the ‘I’m attending’ button on our What’s on page.

Upcoming meetings

Wednesday, 8 December at 7.30pm on Zoom: It’s a Wonderful Life by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett and Frank Capra

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
By “Copyright 1946 RKO Radio Pictures Inc.” – Scan via Heritage Auctions., Public Domain,


In a special Noel session we’re exploring the script of the perennial favourite Xmas film It’s a Wonderful Life. Download the screenplay from Script Slug: and come equipped with your views on how well it rings those solstice bells — you can even see how Frank Capra translated it for the big screen at a 75th-anniversary screening at 3.45pm this Sunday, 5 December, at Bristol’s Everyman Cinema (it’s also playing at other cinemas around the region).

Or, if our pick of the festive flicks isn’t quite your tipple, come and tell us how Home Alone, Die Hard, Love Actually or Gremlins (to name but four) whip up your goodwill.

And, although it’s films that spring to mind at this time of cheer, we’re also open as always to your TV, radio or stage script choices — they’re your gift to the group.

Bring your mince pies and mulled wine (or Yuletide foodstuff and beverage of choice) to make tonight a proper scriptwriting soirée — RSVP using the ‘I’m attending’ button on our What’s on page.


New Tales of the Old Sea for The Lightship Theatre

Former Southwest Scriptwriters chair Briony Pope is staging a festival at The Lightship Theatre in Bathurst Basin next March.

The nine-day event will feature theatre and music performances and an art exhibition. Shows will include an afternoon of short pieces called New Tales of the Old Sea pencilled for Saturday, 19 March.

Briony is seeking monologues, duologues, short stories and poetry to include in the event. Your work can be of any length up to 20 minutes and must be related in some way to the sea.

Email your submission to Briony by Tuesday, 1 February 2022. You’ll need to find performers for your script if it’s chosen for the show.


Playing with Words podcast now live

Playing with Words podcast

At last month’s meeting we explored Adrian Harris’ latest project Montague Terrace for which he’s developing his playwriting and theatre sound design skills to create a play that draws on both in an innovative combination. This work has also spawned the Playing with Words podcast, the first episode of which dropped last Friday, 26 November.

In the episode, Adrian discusses scriptwriting and what sparks audio inspiration with Tim X Atack (formerly of this parish) and Alison Bown who have both worked extensively in sound design. Adrian will go on to explore character creation in an upcoming edition and continue to log his project’s progress in the podcast.

Find the Playing with Words podcast homepage here and subscribe to it by searching for ‘Playing with Words’ with your usual podcast provider.