We have four meetings in the run-up to the Easter holiday. All of them are open workshops, so please get in touch if you have a script that you’d like aired. All meetings take place from 7.30pm in the Macready Room at Bristol Old Vic in King Street (ask at the box office for directions to the Macready Room). Everyone attending pays £1. Don’t forget that you can also find a list of upcoming meetings on the Diary page of our website.

Tuesday, 27 February at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 6 March at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 20 March at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 27 March at 7.30pm: Open Workshop


Southwest Sounds
Southwest Sounds is our project in the pipeline for this year. Because of the group’s executive’s other commitments, it could be a long pipeline (!), but the plan is to hold a radio drama competition with the winning scripts recorded and podcast from our website. This is your chance to get a head start on writing a radio drama script of between 45 minutes and an hour with the only limits on your imagination being to restrict the number of characters in your play and completely avoid commercially recorded music.

BBC Writersroom tips on writing radio drama


Coming Up
Channel 4 and IWC Media recently launched this year’s round of Coming Up, their unique emerging talent drama scheme.

Coming Up is not for new entrants but those building a track record and career in television drama. The co-producers will make up to eight challenging and individual films from the best fresh talent in the UK. Each film will be for a half-hour C4 slot and the organisers are looking for bold ideas, strong voices, originality, ambition and wit in films that push boundaries in a way that wouldn’t / couldn’t be done in mainstream drama, are contemporary and can be shot in four days on a limited budget. Successful applicants will receive a fee of around £2500.


The Radio Play’s the Thing
Channel 4 Radio and 4Talent have launched the first ever nationwide search to find fresh drama-writing talent for commercial radio as part of the channel’s The Play’s the Thing initiative. The competition gives four aspiring writers the chance to have their scripts professionally produced and broadcast on Channel 4 Radio.


On Stage in Bristol
Now on at the Alma is Plain Clothes Theatre’s production of Laura Wade’s (Pearson’s 2006 Young Playwright of the Year) Breathing Corpses. The show runs until 10 March.

You can also catch Simon Reade’s new adaptation of Geraldine McCaughrean’s novel Not the End of the World at the Bristol Old Vic from 9-31 March.