Two meetings in March take us to a four-Tuesday Easter break before we pick up again in April. Find our upcoming dates below and on our website’s What’s on page.

All the following meetings are in Waterside 1 at Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX – ask at the box office if you need directions. Everyone attending meetings pays £1.

Tuesday, 10 March at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tonight’s meeting features two short scripts for Brass Works Theatre’s Mayday show by Bruce Fellows — see below for more details of BWT’s latest initiative.

Further meeting dates for your diary are:

Tuesday, 21 April
Tuesday, 28 April
Tuesday, 5 May
Tuesday, 12 May
Tuesday, 19 May

More on these dates in our April e-bulletin.


Southwest Scriptwriters on stage

Group members Michelle Douglass (née Warwicker) and Amy Bethan Evans have both had plays presented in London since the New Year.

Michelle’s 50-minute play Robbie’s Date, developed with feedback she received at a meeting last March, premiered at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton from 20 to 24 January. The theatre produced Robbie’s Date after Michelle was involved in a short play evening at thhe venue last year. Her success in 2014 also included winning the Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Award for her play Blown Apart. Read Michelle’s tips on getting your play produced in her Huffington Post blog article here.

Goblin Baby Theatre Company featured Amy’s play Deliverance in the Theatre UNHEARD Festival’s Scratch Night Two at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham on 22 February. The Theatre UNHEARD Festival is a charity event that aims to explore issues related to sexual violence through live performance. Amy is also completing Graeae Theatre’s Write to Play programme, which culminates on 1 April with a reading of an extract of her play Junior Dreamland before an invited audience of industry people in the National Theatre Studio.

Congratulations to Amy and Michelle!


BWT still seeking satire

A reminder that the deadline for short, satirical scripts for Brass Works Theatre’s Mayday show is 5pm on Monday, 31 March.

We’ve featured a couple of pieces for the project at meetings so far, and there are two more chances for you to get feedback on your submission. Mayday will present an evening of short plays – up to 15 minutes (2700 words) each – at Brass Works Theatre in Warmley on Friday, 1 and Saturday, 2 May – the weekend before the general election on Thursday, 7 May. Your satire on British politics from the Suffragettes to UKIP can call for a cast of up to four performers (two male and two female).


Papatango Prize deadline approaches

Papatango Theatre Company is accepting entries for its New Writing Prize 2015 until midnight on 31 March.

Working this year with Southwark Playhouse, Papatango is seeking contemporary full-length plays (with a playing time of at least 90 minutes) on any theme or subject – although the company is not ‘keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events.’

Find full details on Papatango Theatre Company’s website.


Instant Wit back at Brass Works

Instant Wit, the quick-fire comedy improvisation show starring Southwest Scriptwriters committee member Stephanie Weston, is back at Brass Works Theatre on Saturday, 28 March.

The company takes the stage in Tower Lane, Warmley, for a third helping of springtime spontaneity following sell-out performances in 2013 and 2014.

Find out more and book tickets (£12/£10) here

Instant Wit Brass Works Theatre flyer 2015