We start our 1996 programme on 23 January with a talk by Catherine Johnson, writer-in-residence at the Bristol Old Vic. The writing workshops that we had hoped to start in the New Year have had to be postponed until after May because Rosemary Mason is unavailable until then. Further details in the next newsletter. Here are the dates for your diary:

Tuesday, 23 January at 7.30pm-9.30pm
Catherine Johnson, writer-in-residence at the Bristol Old Vic, will talk to us about how she got her job, what the policy of the theatre is towards new writing and what kind of scripts they’re looking for. She will also be happy to discuss any problems anyone is having with a script they are working on.

The following five Tuesday meetings will all be devoted to script readings and discussion. If you’re working on a script, bring it along.

Tuesday, 30 January at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 6 February at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 13 February at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 20 February at 7.30pm-9.30pm

Tuesday, 27 February at 7.30pm-9.30pm

All meetings are held in the Cooper’s Loft at the Theatre Royal, King Street, Bristol 1. Ask at the bar on the first floor for directions.


Comedy Press publishes one-act plays
The Comedy Press is a new Bristol-based publishing company, specialising initially in the publication of one-act comedies for the amateur stage. The company charges a small reading fee and promises a reply (including a short report) within one month. Royalties paid will be 20% of book sales and 60% of performance fees.


Crumbling Walls at the Hope Centre
Crumbling Walls is an amateur theatre company (some of whose actors have professional experience} that’s interested in performing rehearsed readings of new plays by anyone from Southwest Scriptwriters. These will be staged at the Hope Centre, Hotwells, Bristol next June. They’d prefer one-act plays (of any genre), but will also consider full-length plays.