We have six more meetings before we finish for the summer, starting this Tuesday, 10 June. All of them take place in the function room upstairs at the Famous Royal Naval Volunteer pub, 17-18 King Street, BS1 4EE. Ask at the bar when buying a drink if you need directions to the meeting. Everyone attending meetings pays £1. You can find an up-to-date list of the dates, times and locations of our upcoming programme on the Diary page of our website.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 at 7.30pm: Shelf Life by Tim Massey and Judy Thunhurst
A reading of Judy and Tim’s radio play. It’s Jane Austen’s first day at Shelf Life — a charity book shop with a strangely broad remit. What happened to JRR? Why is Evelyn Waugh so afraid of Virginia Woolf? What’s that terrible smell emanating from the cellar? And where’s the Maeve Binchy button?

Tuesday, 17 June 2008 at 7.30pm: Open Workshop
This evening’s session includes work by Brian Weaving.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 at 7.30pm: Open Workshop
Tonight is the deadline for your Scripts @ Starbucks submission.

We intend to ‘mix and match’ scripts for the three two-hour shows and your script can be for stage, screen, radio or TV and might be anything from a short film to a full-length stage play, although it shouldn’t be longer than 90 minutes. Bear in mind that the rehearsed readings will be performed by a cast of four actors and a narrator with the actors doubling parts for larger cast sizes.

Please make sure that your script is clearly printed in standard script format, bound securely and marked with your name and contact details. The work to be presented will be chosen by members of the group’s executive and the project’s organising team. We’ll announce the scripts to be given rehearsed readings in mid-July.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008 at 7.30pm: Stars by Stephen Evans
A reading of Stephen’s feature-length screenplay. Charlie Meadows is a young travel agent who meets Marie, a student. When Marie fails to turn up for their third date, Charlie finds himself on a strange journey that forces him to question how he lives his life and exactly what Marie means to him. Stars has a large cast and you may well find yourself with a cameo role.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 7.30pm: Meet a Special Guest (TBC)
We’re hoping to present a Q&A with a special guest at tonight’s meeting. This hasn’t been confirmed at the time of sending, so details will be announced in a newsletter extra.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008 at 7.30pm: Open Workshop
Tonight is your last chance to get feedback from the group on your work-in-progress until we start meeting again in September.


Kino Kabaret
Southwest Scriptwriter Michelle Preston is organising a regular cabaret event at Café Kino in Stokes Croft. Kino Kabaret presents an eclectic mixture of performances, featuring anything from monologues, short stories, poetry, stand-up comedy, sketches and short theatre pieces to music and circus acts in an intimate space. The audience enjoys the cabaret while eating and drinking in the ethical café, and you can sample the menu and the show at the next Kino Kaberet event on Saturday, 5 July at 8pm.


Bristol Filmmakers Festival 2008
Bristol Filmmakers Festival 2008 is the rebirth of the city’s annual celebration of its independent film community. Focussing on live-action narrative, the festival presents a packed weekend at the Watershed and Arnolfini cinemas including recent work from Bristol’s cinematic storytellers, retrospective screenings, a special Bluescreen event, an indie film trade fair, a Depict! session and a student screening. All this takes place over next weekend, 14 and 15 June.


Derby Day at the Alma Tavern
Theatre West presents Brian B Thompson’s comedy Derby Day at the Alma Tavern from 16 to 21 June. Local writer Brian gave a talk about his writing career at Southwest Scriptwriters back in February 2000 and Theatre West’s revival of his satirical play is directed by group collaborator, Ed Viney.

Katie Bradshaw works hard, has an amazing ability with horses and dreams of winning the Derby. But when she encounters the thoroughbred. eye-for-the-ladies, Lone Dancer, she might find this horse a bit too hot to handle.


Trade It? Theatre on the Streets
Show of Strength invited ten of Britain’s most exciting writers to create ten-minute monologues about trade. Trade yesterday and trade today. Join the company on a walk of discovery and find unexpected performances in Bristol’s lost locations. From Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia!) and Sandi Toksvig, to new and emerging writers, these are diverse stories for 21st Century streets. Show of Strength will lend you an umbrella if it’s wet, pause halfway round for a drink and even give you a present to take home. The company promises that Trade It? will be one of the most remarkable walks you will ever take.

Trade It? runs from Tuesday, 24 June until Sunday, 6 July at 7.30pm with weekend matinee performances at 2.30pm on 28 and 29 June and 5 and 6 July, and no performances on Monday, 30 June.

Further details of Trade It? including its starting and finishing places are available on Show of Strength’s website.