We’re back with our second September meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, 24.

Tuesday’s and next month’s dates are in the Coopers’ Loft at Bristol Old Vic, King Street, BS1 4ED. Sign in at reception near the bar on the ground floor and take the lift to the top floor — please ask BOV staff if you need directions. Everyone attending pays £2.

Tuesday, 24 September at 8pm: Open Workshop

Up first this evening we have the opening act of Alice Herve’s stage play The Consolation of Imaginary Things in which a couple stumbles into the site of a town that has been wiped out by a tidal wave leaving few survivors.

We’re also featuring the first half of the first episode of Matt Sanders’ hour-long TV pilot for Spectrum, a six-part TV comedy-drama in which ‘Catastrophe meets Fleabag for no-strings fun’. In Mostly Monogamous Mo, Mo is gorgeous, but autistic, so he gets a lot of guys, but not the concept of monogamy.

Tuesday, 8 October at 8pm: Open Workshop

In the first of our October sessions, we’ve scheduled the concluding half of Alice Herne’s The Consolation of Imaginary Things plus the first 15 minutes of Richard Broadbent Mehrabi’s screenplay Mikey and Tyson. In Mikey and Tyson, an abused teenage girl rescues an abused dog, and together they take on a cruel world.

Tuesday, 22 October at 8pm: Verity Bargate Award talk and workshop

In association with Bristol Old Vic’s Literary Department, we’re very happy to be welcoming representatives of London’s Soho Theatre at our second October session with a talk and workshop centring on the company’s biennial Verity Bargate Award.


Your success stories

Congratulations to group chair Briony Pope, whose play Detached was long-listed for this year’s Papatango Award, placing it in the top 18% of 1406 entries.

If you have scriptwriting success stories to share having developed your work with us, get in touch using our Email us form.


Searchlights Over South Gloucestershire on Twitter

Searchlights Over South Gloucestershire
Brass Works Theatre’s latest venture launched on Twitter today, Monday, 23 September. Searchlights Over South Gloucestershire presents five weeks of tweets from the Home Front in the unitary authority area covering the whole of World War II.

‘Follow the lives of three fictional families, whose members include a schoolboy, a land girl, a Red Cross volunteer and an aircraft engineer at Filton, as they do their bit for the war effort.’

Southwest Scriptwriters committee member Adrian Harris draws on real-life experiences gathered from oral histories, letters and diaries of South Gloucestershire people for his retelling of events in the area from 1939 to 1945. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and presented in association with South Gloucestershire Council’s Second World War Stories initiative.

Learn more

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15-minute plays for Merlin

Frome’s Merlin Theatre is accepting submissions for its original playwriting competition. The winning plays will receive fully rehearsed script-in-hand performances.

The competition has two categories — 25s and under and over-26s — and entries should be a maximum of 15 minutes long with two to four characters. Attach a cover sheet to your script including its title, your age category, your name and email address.

The Merlin is accepting submissions as hard copies only and won’t accept entries by email. Post your play to Claudia Pepler, Merlin Theatre, Bath Road, Frome, BA11 2HG, to arrive by Sunday, 1 December.