Post Box by Adrian Harris (Picture: Farrow's Creative)

Call Me and Post Box by Adrian Harris at the Alma Tavern
Southwest Scriptwriters is sponsoring new company Papercut Productions’ debut show, Call Me and Post Box, a double bill of short plays by Adrian Harris at the Alma Tavern.

The production promises two very different tales of hidden identities, buried secrets and revenge, each laced with sharp wit and a dark humour.

It opens next Wednesday, 25 July, and runs at 8.30pm nightly until Saturday, 28 July, and at the same time the following week from Wednesday, 1 until Saturday, 4 August. If you can’t make an evening performance, there’s a matinée show at 2.30pm next Saturday, 28 July.

Further information on the show on the Papercut Productions website.

Also at the Alma Tavern on Tuesdays 24 and 31 July, storytelling group Heads and Tales (run by Southwest Scriptwriter, Ursula Wills-Jones) is presenting two evenings of short stories and music. You can get tickets, priced £4, on the door from 8pm with the storytelling kicking off at 8.30.

Heads and Tales website


Southwest Scriptwriters Facebook group
If you’re a member of the increasingly popular Facebook social networking website (it’s free to sign-up if you’re not), please join our newly-formed online group where you can meet and befriend members and associates from across the UK. You can also get interactive and post news and comments on our facebook page.

To join our facebook group (and register if you’re not already listed in Facebook) click here.


MA Screenwriting at the University of the West of England
Interviews are now being held for the MA Screenwriting at the University of the West of England, Bristol. This covers writing for short film, television drama and feature film. The course also helps you to develop your creative process, carry out script research and analysis, and write script reports. The skills you learn will help you to refine your scriptwriting and market your work in a professional manner.

The course is in its fourth year, and already ex-students are making their mark. Two scripts have been selected for production by the UK Film Council Digital Shorts scheme (which ensures that work is seen in cinemas and on TV). Work has also been produced for both the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and BBC Radio, and an ex-student has been selected for the Royal Court and BBC ‘The 50’ mentoring scheme for new writers. Two students have been successful in applying for the South West Screen postgraduate study grant (see below).

Visiting speakers include John Yorke (Controller In-House Drama, BBC), Ashley Pharoah (writer — Life on Mars, etc.), Tina Pepler (writer — A Most Mysterious Murder, etc.), Steve Volk (writer — Afterlife, etc.), Jennie Howarth (Producer — Distant Voices, Still Lives, etc.) and Sarah Jane Meredith (Head of Creative & Audience Development, South West Screen).


South West Screen deadlines
South West Screen, the region’s film development agency, has two application deadlines in August for screenwriting-related schemes.

If you’re planning to submit a script for SWS’s Screenwriting Development Competition, you have until Thursday, 16 August, while applications for its South West Postgraduate Bursary Fund (for study on courses like UWE’s MA Screenwriting above) must be returned by 5pm on Friday, 31 August.