Turning 'ages, Bristol Central Library, 27 June 2014

Turning ‘ages at Bristol Central Library

Tomorrow, Friday, 27 June, sees the culmination of our collaborative project with Bristol artist Elaine Robinson when we present 13 of your monologues and duologues inspired by Elaine’s artwork Turning ‘ages at Bristol Central Library.

With a running time of about 90 minutes, the event comprises readings of the following scripts:

Curiouser and Curiouser by Brian Weaving
Romcom by Bruce Fellows
AM to BB by Lissa Carter
Conundrum by Carole Boyer
Nature Study by Stephanie Weston
It Helps by Brian Weaving
Book Installation by Elaine Eveleigh
Parents’ Evening by Stephanie Weston
I Fell into a Book by Bruce Fellows
Evolution by Tim Massey
The Way Things are Going by Carole Boyer
Wrong Kind of Snow by Stephanie Weston
Cape Leather by Bruce Fellows

Local actors Chris Keyna and Catherine Milne join group regulars Adrian Harris and Stephanie Weston to read the scripts.

We’ve been able to include most of the work you submitted for the event, but needed to leave out one or two that we couldn’t cast from the available actors or that called for a fuller staging than is possible – sorry if your script didn’t make it!

Turning ‘ages starts at 7pm tomorrow in the lobby at Bristol Central Library, College Green, BS1 5TL. The four actors will read the scripts alongside Elaine’s artwork, which the library is positioning to allow space to seat the audience. Admission is free.

Find further information and let us know you’re attending at the Turning ‘ages event page on Facebook.


July dates

We’re back in Waterside 1 at Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX, for the first of a trio of summer meetings on Tuesday, 1 July. As usual, you can find the date of our next meeting in the panel on the right below the slideshow on our website’s home page, and a list of upcoming meetings on the site’s Diary page. Ask at Watershed’s box office if you need directions to Waterside 1. Everyone attending meetings pays £1.

Tuesday, 1 July at 7.30pm: Open Workshop *** Last chance for WWI monologues ***

We’ve extended the submission deadline for your WWI monologues by a week to midnight on Monday, 7 July (see below for further details). You need to have brought your script for feedback at a meeting to be eligible for this opportunity, and tonight’s meeting is your last chance to do so before the deadline.

Tuesday, 8 July at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tonight’s meeting features short scripts by Lissa Carter.

Tuesday, 15 July at 7.30pm: Rainbow’s End by John Upward

John’s rewritten his tragicomedy about love and death in the circus circa 1910 acting on feedback he received at a group meeting in February. Has he found the pot of gold? – find out at our last group meeting until September.


Voices of the Great War at Brass Works Theatre

Meetings in May and earlier this month showed an enthusiastic and imaginative response to our call for monologues based on the lives and times of the First World War, and we’ve extended the submission deadline by a week to midnight on Monday, 7 July, to allow one more meeting to workshop your scripts for the project – you need to have brought your work to a meeting to be eligible to submit it.

Brass Works Theatre will present readings of selected scripts at an event to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War at the theatre in Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT, on Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 August.

Adrian Harris, BWT’s artistic director, is looking for monologues reflecting aspects of the global conflict in its entirety, not just life in the trenches on the Western Front. Your script should be about ten minutes (1800 words) in length.


Pedestrian Refuge at Bierkeller Theatre

Makeshift Wings Theatre, founded by group member Amy Bethan Evans, is presenting Ross Willis’ absurdist comedy Pedestrian Refuge, which has seen workshop action at Southwest Scriptwriters, at Bierkeller Theatre next week.

The surreal story unites five strangers with different backgrounds in a struggle to cross a busy road. The unfortunate quintet is trapped on the eponymous pedestrian refuge, and forced to live together in traffic-island limbo.

Catch the show at 8pm nightly from Monday, 30 June, until Wednesday, 2 July, at Bierkeller Theatre, All Saints Street, BS1 2NA.


IdeasTap presents scriptwriting workshops at Watershed

Arts charity IdeasTap is presenting two workshops for South West-based writers at Watershed on 10 July.

The first session, Feedback’s a Gift, led by London playwright and screenwriter Jon Barton, and looking at pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection, and discussing TV formats, has places available.

The second workshop, An Introduction to Playwriting, a conversation with Jon Barton covering the basics of writing for the stage, has no places left, but you can join an online waiting list for the event at 4.30pm.


Instant Wit at the Alma

With the humour squad still hot on their heels, funny fugitives Instant Wit (led by Stephanie Weston – a burlesque Bonnie to the comedy Clydes) pop up for a compact appearance at the Alma Tavern Theatre on Saturday, 12 July.

The made-up mayhem kicks off at the pub theatre in Alma Vale Road, Clifton, BS8 2HY at 8pm.