Welcome to a rarer-than-hens’-teeth newsletter extra bringing an in-between update from your favourite scriptwriters’ group.

Our bonus July edition brings news of our upcoming Zoom sessions plus a new way of getting you connected to them.

The fresh approach is a more straightforward way of letting you know the Zoom meeting IDs and passwords — we’ll email them to you. We also need you to contribute the usual £2 per meeting, which you can do via PayPal using your credit or debit card.

How do I join meetings?

To join meetings, please do the following:

  1. Check the meeting dates below and tap or click the ‘I’m attending’ button within the listings of the session(s) you can make.
  2. Tapping or clicking the buttons opens up a panel headed ‘I’m attending on…’ beneath the listed dates, which shows those you plan to attend. Check that these are correct and delete any that are not by tapping or clicking the bin icon next to the dates shown.
  3. When you’re happy with the dates shown under ‘I’m attending on…’, tap or click on the ‘Checkout with PayPal‘ button.
  4. Follow the instructions to make your payment either by entering your debit or credit card details or by logging into your PayPal account. Please use the same name you’ll use to join the meeting on Zoom as we’ll only admit those whose names match those we have listed.
  5. When you’ve made your payment, you’ll receive automatic emails from PayPal and from Southwest Scriptwriters confirming that you’ve paid — you may need to check your spam or junk folders for the one from us.
  6. We will email you the meeting ID(s) and password(s) soon after we have received your subs payment. This part of the process is not automatic, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t receive these details immediately — we’ll send them as soon as possible!

Wednesday, 29 July at 7.30pm on Zoom: The Tower Falls by Alice Herve

Tonight’s meeting features Alice’s hour-long stage drama based loosely on the Massacre of the Tour de Latrines in Avignon in 1791, presenting the ‘universal tragedy of man’s inhumanity to man.’

Wednesday, 19 August at 7.30pm on Zoom: Open Workshop

Get in touch using our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form to be sure of some time for your work to be read.


Charlotte’s Happy! wins Forward Dialogue award

Happy! by Charlotte Souter

Congratulation to Charlotte Souter, whose absurdist play Happy! — the featured work in our debut Zoom meeting on 17 June — has emerged as the overall winner of young performers’ production company Just Some Theatre’s Forward Dialogue award.

Happy! was one of ten plays from 200 submissions chosen by Just Some Theatre for an initial reading of extracts before an online audience of actors and a dramaturge/director. Feedback from this first round helped the company narrow the field to three scripts, which received a more in-depth development reading. Closer scrutiny of the three finalists showed that Charlotte’s script was the strongest and recipient of the Forward Dialogue award.

Charlotte wins a prize of £800 plus further development opportunities with Just Some Theatre.

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