1998 promises to be an exciting year for us with professional rehearsed readings of four plays by our members at the New Vic next April. Meanwhile there are plenty of goodies in store. Here’s the list of dates for our first season. All meetings take place in the Cooper’s Loft at the Old Vic, King Street, Bristol 1. Ask at the bar on the first floor for directions. Everyone attending pays £1.
Tuesday, 20 January at 7.3opm: Open Workshop
Tuesday, 27 January at 7.30pm: On the Rocks by John Colborn
A reading of John’s entry for the Theatre West competition. On the Rocks is a comedy about a man and a woman who are independently shipwrecked on a tropical island. But are they compatible?
Tuesday, 3 February at 7.30pm: A talk by Caroline Harrington on Writing for The Archers in particular and for radio in general
Caroline has been a member of The Archers’ writing team for the last seven years. She has also had two radio plays broadcast.
Tuesday, 10 February at 7,30pm: Open Workshop
Tuesday, 17 February at 7.30pm: Sins of the Father by Peter Kesterton
A reading of Peter’s entry for the Theatre West competition. Sins of the Father is a black comedy about an encounter between a Catholic priest and a prostitute.
Tuesday, 24 February at 7.30pm: Open Workshop
Guild organises Writers’ Day in the West
The Writers’ Day in the West, organised by The Writers’ Guild takes place in the New Vic on Saturday, 31 January, and costs just £3 (free to Guild members). With a fantastic line-up of top speakers, it promises to be the major event of the year for writers in the West Country — an opportunity to see, hear and talk to many leading producers, as well as other writers. This is the one event you should not miss — see you there!
Co-operative approach for New Theatre Publications
New Theatre Publications is an exciting new co-operative which is run by writers for writers to get new plays published and made accessible to a worldwide audience. The annual subscription is just £10, yet the benefits are similar to having a good agent.
Refraction seeks young writer for Seascapes ’98
Attention young writers aged 18 to 30! Refraction is an organisation that exists to help young theatre practitioners collaborate. They’re currently looking for a writer to work on their project Seascapes ’98. This could take the form of a play (with a score), a piece of musical theatre or your own interpretation of the theme of water. The maximum cast will be three.
Terms of Abuse at Hampstead
Jessica Townsend’s play Terms of Abuse, which was given its first reading at a Southwest Scriptwriters meeting, can be see at the Hampstead Theatre, London, from 22 January to 7 February. We’re organising a minibus trip to the matinee on 7 February and there are still one or two places left.
15-minute scripts for Minute Radio Drama
There may still be time to submit an entry to Minute Radio Drama, which is seeking innovative radio scripts of a maximum 15-minutes length.