We’re back in action with our first Zoom session of 2022 next Wednesday, 16 February. Get your login details now using the ‘I’m attending’ button on our What’s on page.

Wednesday, 16 February at 7.30pm on Zoom: Talking Turkey by Carole Boyer

Male wild turkey profile head shot portrait by Tom Fenske
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Tonight we’re exploring Carole’s idea for a one-off TV drama in which climate change and animal rights lock horns with consumerism.

As tonight’s meeting shows, our sessions aren’t just a chance for you to get feedback on your more developed work, you can use the group as a sounding board for your fledgling ideas too. Get in touch using our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form if you’ve got a script idea you’d like to test at an upcoming meeting…


Set Adrift and Instant Wit! at Lightship Arts Festival

Next month’s Cabot Cruising Club Lightship Arts Festival sees writing and performing action from Southwest Scriptwriters.

Improv experts Instant Wit! — led by group committee member Stephanie Weston — open the nine-day event aboard the John Sebastian Lightship in Bathurst Basin with a show on Saturday, 12 March.

Briony Pope’s fast-moving tragicomedy Set Adrift forms the festival’s centrepiece, taking the stage for four performances on 15, 16, 18 and 19 March. Aired in Southwest Scriptwriters workshop sessions under its working title Detached, Set Adrift combines river-monster legends, age-old farming lore, folk music and ghosts in a story of urban migration.

Learn more and book tickets at eventbrite.co.uk


Southwest Scriptwriters session features in Playing with Words podcast

Script extracts and feedback recorded at our Zoom session on 17 November last year feature in the latest Playing with Words podcast now online.

At the meeting we explored Adrian Harris’ latest play, Montague Terrace, which combines onstage action with an innovative approach to recorded sound design. Adrian won a continuing professional development grant from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to write the play and build his sound design skills, and has been documenting this process in the podcast. The latest episode is the last in the current series in which Adrian discusses his play with fellow sound designers, writers and an emotional therapeutic counsellor.

Find the Playing with Words podcast homepage here and subscribe to it by searching for ‘Playing with Words’ with your usual podcast provider.


Contemporary shorts for Coldharbour Pictures

Independent filmmaker Coldharbour Pictures is seeking short drama or comedy-drama screenplays to produce in 2022.

The company’s website has examples of its previous work with further details of its background.

Contact Coldharbour Pictures directly using the form on its About webpage if you have a suitable short screenplay or idea.

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RSC seeks 37 Plays for 2023

RSC 37 Plays logo

In a widely-reported new initiative, the Royal Shakespeare Company is planning to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Bard’s First Folio by finding 37 new plays to present as script-in-hand performances at theatre venues around the UK and online in autumn 2023.

Open to script submissions from 1 January 2023, the project invites you to spend this year writing your take on ‘the stories of our times: the comedies, the tragedies and the untold histories.’

37 Plays is open to anyone in the UK and your submission should be a minimum of one page of A4 typescript with a font size of at least ten points but not more than 100 pages of the same. A national reading panel will assess scripts anonymously and announce the 37 finalists in April next year.

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