Summer in the city finds us meeting next Tuesday, 24 July, in Bristol Old Vic’s Clore Learning Studio.

Sign in at the theatre’s Stage Door entrance off Queen Charlotte Street, BS1 4HJ and go directly to the meeting on the second floor — please ask BOV staff if you need directions. Everyone attending meetings pays £2.

Tuesday, 24 July at 8pm: Open Workshop

Tonight’s double-bill features sections of stage plays by Dr Richard Craven and by Carole Boyer.

Richard’s The Senseless Counterfeit is a Bristolian marital-aid-based Jacobian revenge tragedy, promising a modern take on the genre with poison, deceit, disguise, a Machiavel and his minions, a mad girl with flowers, a play within the play and plenty of iambic pentameters.

In Carole’s Bluey a team of robotics engineers races to fix a malfunctioning prototype UN peacekeeping robot before scores of production models are deployed in the field.

Tuesday, 21 August at 8pm: Open Workshop

We have some rare slots available in our August session for feedback on your work-in-progress. Please email using our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form to request a reading of your script extract.


Scratch Nights débuts on 24 October

Southwest Scriptwriters Scratch Nights

We’re pleased to confirm Wednesday, 24 October as the date of the first of our new Scratch Nights events announced last month.

We hope to make Scratch Nights a quarterly event to showcase work emerging from our regular programme at Bristol Old Vic. We’re partnering with the Cabot Cruising Club for the initiative, which will take place at the organisation’s clubhouse, the John Sebastian lightship, moored in Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SV.

A cast of four actors (two male and two female) will give script-in-hand performances of the selected work aboard the John Sebastian on the evening of 24 October following a brief rehearsal that afternoon.

Scott Wilson is working in consultation with the other members of Southwest Scriptwriters’ management committee (Adrian Harris, Tim Massey, Briony Pope and Stephanie Weston) to curate scripts for October’s show. We’re aiming to pick a representative selection of the work we’ve been developing in the group recently including scripts for all media, and will announce the line-up and full booking and performance details in September’s newsletter.

Scratch Nights script submission

Find out about how to submit a script for Scratch Nights at next Tuesday’s meeting.
If you’ve had work included in one of our sessions since June 2017, but can’t make it on Tuesday, please get in touch using our ‘Email us’ form for information on script submission.


Ten-minute nuggets for Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold is a new writing theatre company established in 2010. It will present eight ten-minute plays by UK-based writers at London’s Southwark Playhouse on 23 September, and is inviting submissions for this show until midnight on Friday, 10 August.

There is no theme for scripts and the company encourages you to ‘be bold and write from your heart’. Your script should have a cast of two to four — LPoG isn’t accepting monologues this time — and should not be a film or TV script or extract from a longer stage play.

LPoG has produced many writers’ first scripts and does not need your CV. The company is committed to discovering writers from all backgrounds.