Becky Lawrence in How Many Calories in Christ? by Michelle Preston and Adrian Harris, Scripts @ Starbucks, 31 July 2008

Here’s a newsletter extra to bring you news of an additional meeting in our current run and details of our Scripts @ Starbucks event at the end of the month. As usual, the dates, times and locations of our regular meetings are listed on the Diary page of our website where you can now also find these details for our next season of meetings starting in September. Our additional meeting is in the function room upstairs at the Famous Royal Naval Volunteer pub, 17-18 King Street, BS1 4EE. Ask at the bar when buying a drink if you need directions to the meeting. Everyone attending pays £1.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 at 7.30pm: Meet Catherine Johnson
We’re very pleased to welcome our original Honorary President back to the group for a Q&A on her recent writing career. As well as a string of stage and small screen credits, Catherine wrote the book for the global hit Abba musical Mamma Mia! as well as the screenplay for the movie version currently topping the UK film charts. Come along and find out what it’s like to write the biggest musical on Earth!

Wednesday, 30 July to Friday, 1 August 2008 at 7.30pm: Scripts @ Starbucks
In an exciting new venture in association with Starbucks, we’re presenting a short season of seated rehearsed readings of members’ work upstairs at the branch of the coffee shop in the Broadmead Arcade, BS1 3JA.

The programme for the three-night event is as follows:

Wednesday, 30 July
There is a Tide by Elaine Eveleigh / Orwell Heaven by Mark Breckon

In which an elderly couple and their son are stranded in an open boat in Salcombe Bay, and George Orwell returns to give his take on today.

Thursday, 31 July
How Many Calories in Christ by Michelle Preston and Adrian Harris / An Important Person by Heather Lister

A highly-strung café owner resorts to desperate measures in pursuit of the hunk from across the road, and two daughters describe six steps to becoming an important person.

Friday, 1 August
No Admittance by Bruce Fellows / The Airport by Brian Weaving

Two paparazzi photographers reveal the truth behind the glossies, and Mary watches her life flash before her at an airport check-in desk.

Admission for the event is £3 nightly payable on the door.

Facebook users please confirm if you’ll be attending Scripts @ Starbucks through the event’s listing here. If you’re a facebook member and haven’t already done so, please join the Southwest Scriptwriters group.


The Adventures of Heronimous Verdi by Adrian Harris and Michelle Preston
You can hear Adrian and Michelle’s radio comedy centring on Heronimous Verdi, the North’s first transgendered private eye, in five weekly episodes on BCFM (93.2FM or online at at 4.30pm on Mondays, repeated at 10.30am on Tuesdays, from 28 July. Adrian and Michelle developed the serial based on the character they created in Andy Graham’s workshop on Character Motivation at a group meeting in March. Tune-in and find out what they came up with!