23 October – The Ballad of Crookback and Shakespeare (or Truth Betrays Not) by Clive Greenwood and Jason Wing

Next Wednesday, ScriptTank will be hearing (the impressively titled) The Ballad of Crookback and Shakespeare (or Truth Betrays Not) — a new two-hander stage play by Clive Greenwood and Jason Wing.

1594 — up-and-coming writer William Shakespeare was summoned by Master of the Revels Edmund Tilney and given a commission for none other than Queen Elizabeth I: a new play about King Richard III. Shakespeare discovers that his patrons do not want a biographical history play, but propaganda justifying the Tudors’ seizing of the throne. So as King James of Scotland journeys to England to claim Elizabeth’s throne for himself, Shakespeare is engaged in a war of wits and battles against censorship.

This week, the reading will begin at 7.30pm. But the doors will be open from 7pm.