The Mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles adapted by Bruce Fellows

Here’s a special seasonal edition of our newsletter to bring you yuletide greetings and a reminder of our foremost festive event…


The Mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles at Brass Works Theatre

Brass Works Theatre’s second major production opened on 17 December, and continues until 5 January 2013.

Bruce Fellows’ quirky take on the Conan Doyle classic finds Sherlock Holmes based, not at 221B Baker Street, but in the dressing room of the music hall where she performs her saucy female impersonator act.

Holmes’ hapless sidekick Dr John Watson is nearly as befuddled by his illustrious colleague’s constant cross-dressing as he is by the curious canine carry on at Baskerville Hall.

Brass Works Theatre’s Artistic Director and Southwest Scriptwriters committee member Adrian Harris selected Bruce’s adaptation for the new venue’s yuletide production from scripts developed at group meetings this autumn.

The production continues at the theatre above Kingswood Heritage Museum in Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT, from Thursday with shows at 7.30pm and a 2pm Saturday matinee until 29 December. Following a break for the New Year holiday, the run concludes with shows at the above times from Wednesday, 2 until Saturday, 5 January 2013.


Spring meetings start 22 January

We’re back in W1 at Watershed to begin our 2013 meetings on 22 January, and for the next five consecutive Tuesday evenings until 26 February.

If you’re planning to unveil your latest scriptwriting project in the New Year, now is a good time to book a workshop slot. Check the complete list of meeting dates on our website’s Diary page.


31 January deadline for Script Space 2013

The Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Script Space initiative is an early opportunity in the New Year (with just two chances to workshop your submission for it at our meetings on 22 and 29 January).

Now in its sixth year, Script Space offers playwrights the chance to work collaboratively with Tobacco Factory Theatre to develop their writing. It’s a flexible project that responds to the needs of the selected writers, but isn’t a direct route to production. Its organisers welcome submissions from playwrights keen to improve their writing and build a relationship with the theatre rather than those simply seeking to have their scripts staged.

‘Our new writing competition comes from the same place as our programme. We want to be surprised, challenged and inspired in the same way that we want to surprise, challenge and inspire our audiences.’

TFT is open to being inspired, challenged and surprised by plays of any kind and for any audience. You can find details of how to submit your script on the theatre’s website.


Aftercare at The White Bear

Following its run at the Alma Tavern Theatre during September, Steve Lambert’s Aftercare transfers to The White Bear Theatre Club in London’s Kennington Park Road from 8 to 27 January 2013.

Aftercare mixes a suburban eroticism worthy of J G Ballard with the ritual kitsch of Fifty Shades of Grey. The result is an acutely observed picture of a generally taboo area of contemporary sexual morals.’


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A very merry Christmas and happy and successful 2013 to you all!