Following our extended summer break, we’re back in W1 at Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX, to begin our 2012-2013 series of meetings next Tuesday, 11 September.

We’re starting with a split season of four meetings running until 9 October. Please check our Diary page, or just put the following dates in your diary. Everyone attending meetings pays £1.

Tuesday, 11 September at 7.30pm: Southwest Scriptwriters meeting
Tuesday, 18 September: No meeting

Watershed is co-hosting the acclaimed Encounters short film and animation festival this week. Visit the festival’s website to find events you might like in its packed programme.

Tuesday, 25 September at 7.30pm: Southwest Scriptwriters meeting
Tuesday, 2 October at 7.30pm: Southwest Scriptwriters meeting
Tuesday, 9 October at 7.30pm: Southwest Scriptwriters meeting


Southwest Scriptwriters on stage and screen in September

Next week sees not only the first in our autumn season of meetings, but also work by group members on stage in Bristol and Bath.

Steve Lambert’s play Aftercare begins a five-night run at the Alma Tavern Theatre next Tuesday, 11 September. Evolved from Steve’s earlier script Little Deaths, which was produced at the Alma and Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, London, during autumn 2010, Aftercare ‘explores the intimate lives of people whose secret needs and desires lead them into dangerous territory where the stakes couldn’t be higher.’

There’s more work by Steve on offer in London on 24 September at the Old Red Lion Theatre where Writers Bloc will present his short play Vacant in a show with other brief new dramas.

Theatre Royal, Bath’s Engage initiative is staging its One-Act Play Festival in The Egg at 8pm next Thursday to Saturday, 13 to 15 September. The Festival features nine 20-minute plays submitted by local writers in a competition run by Engage during April. Southwest Scriptwriter Carole Boyer’s successful entry, Irretrievable Breakdown, takes the stage as the third in the triptych of scripts on show on Friday, 14 September. Directed and staged jointly by professional and nonprofessional artists, the performances feature group committee member Adrian Harris.

Adrian’s also in action on the small screen on Saturday, 22 September, when he appears as a paramedic in Casualty. Check programme listings for the broadcast time on BBC1 of episode five of the current series, I’ll See You in My Dreams.

Round off the month with some improvised quick-fire comedy from improvised quick-fire comedy company Instant Wit — featuring group committee member Stephanie Weston — bringing its brand of spur-of-the-moment mirth making to the Brewery on Sunday, 30 September.

Instant Wit


Around the World with an Overnight Bag

John Colborn, Southwest Scriptwriters’ Founder and Treasurer, published an account of his 2004 global circumnavigation, Around the World with an Overnight Bag, in May, and you can download the e-book version for £3.16 here. John will be at the meeting on 9 October with printed editions of his travelogue for sale at a discount price of £4 each — it’s normally £5.40 — and you can get your copy signed by the author!


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