It’s a big bank holiday weekend ahead with Southwest Scriptwriters in action at Brass Works and Bierkeller theatres. Here’s a reminder of our springtime shows…

Group quintet in Mayday outing

Mayday: short political comedies
Five Southwest Scriptwriters feature in Brass Works Theatre’s pre-election satirical show Mayday this Friday and Saturday, 1 and 2 May.

Bruce Fellows, Brian Weaving and Stephanie Weston extend their writing track records with the theatre having had short scripts performed at its pilot event, Living Local, in October 2011, and at last August’s hugely successful Voices of the Great War show. Bruce’s BWT credits also include adaptations for its three festive productions to date — The Mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles in 2012-2013, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped in 2013-2014, and 2014-2015’s Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. Tim Massey makes his BWT writing debut with his short Mayday script, while Adrian Harris both directs the show and contributes spoof song lyrics.

Joe Ledbury and Miranda Walker complete the writing line-up for an evening of political mirth-making that promises MPs in their pants, Suffragettes for the TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) generation and more election campaign comedy.

Cast your vote for satirical scriptwriting at Brass Works Theatre, Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XT, this weekend.


Amy curates New Writing Showcase

Bierkeller Theatre’s New Writing Showcase follows hard on the heels of Mayday, beginning on bank holiday Monday, 4 May, with performances until Wednesday.

The show brings together six scripts by local writers gathered by Southwest Scriptwriter Amy Bethan Evans, and features group regular Ross Willis’ short play Let’s Go Be Heroes. This year Amy set aside a slot for a student writer — filled by My Brother the Clown by Rosie Gallor — and one marking Bristol’s current status as European Green Capital — Fracas by Martine Shackerely-Bennett. Privet Flowers by Linda Morse, Lady Killers by Matt Fox and Control by Phil Booth complete the showcased sextet.

Bierkeller Theatre is in All Saints Street, Bristol, BS1 2NA..