WGGB’s Meet the Playwrights event

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is hosting a panel of playwrights, to speak about their careers and the business of writing for the theatre.

The panel features playwrights Bryony Lavery, Ali Taylor and Charlene James.

The panel will talk about establishing and maintaining a career as a playwright, whether labelling new and veteran playwrights helps or harms their careers and changes in the theatre industry.

The panel discussion will be chaired by playwright Poppy Corbett.

The panel discussion will be followed by drinks – everyone attending with get one free.

The event is free for WGGB members, and £10 for non-members (£5 concessions). Tickets are available via Eventbrite, which will charge a processing fee.

The event takes place on Monday, 12 June, 8-10pm at St Alban’s Centre, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD.

ScriptTank members’ performances at the Stick Man Club

Two works by ScriptTank’s Ben Francis and Mark Lindow are being performed by two of our regular actors, Carrie Cohen and Silas Hawkins, on Thursday.

Carrie and Silas will be performing monologues from Mark and Ben at the Stick Man Club evening on Thursday, May 25.

Carrie will be performing Mark’s Tick Tock and Silas will be performing Ben’s Cornet Solo. Both were previously heard at the recent Untold Stories event at SLAM Theatre, in Kings Cross.

If you are free on Thursday evening, please go along and show your support.

The entry fee is a donation, which also gets you a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink.

There are four other works will be on show as well: Cathrine Elmerkjær performing her piece The Silence of Laughter, Claudia Roncallo performing The Tour Guide, Roisin Rae performing her work Sleeping Arrangements and Shyam Bhatt performing an excerpt from her play Treya’s Last Dance.

The performances are at the Koppel Project in Baker Street, Thursday at 7pm.

Sorry but ScriptTank’s new season is postponed

Unfortunately, ScriptTank’s spring-summer term will not be starting this week, as we originally planned.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our new venue won’t be available.

We are hoping to start readings again later in May, with a traditional Shorts Night.

Once we are able to schedule readings, we will announce the dates.

We are sorry about the delay, but our new home will be worth the wait.

Open season

A couple of years ago, we implemented a rule requiring members to attend at least two readings in a term to qualify for a reading in the following term.

We realise that many of you have been unable to attend meetings regularly – if at all – since we lost our home at The Blue Posts.

Because of that, this attendance rule is being waived.

Any full member of ScriptTank can ask for their work to be read this term.

If you haven’t had a piece read in a while, now’s a good time to bring something in.

New members of ScriptTank still have to attend three readings before they can have a night. However, you are welcome to have works read during any Short Nights held before then.

3 April – Sunrise by Richard Cosgrove

On Monday, 3 April, ScriptTank will be hearing Sunrise – a horror-thriller by Richard Cosgrove.

This will be the last ScriptTank reading before Easter. Readings will begin again in May.

Maggie learns that the pack of vampires who have enslaved her as a child, plan to kill her and force 11-year-old Chris to serve them. In a desperate attempt to save herself, she escapes the vampire’s home, taking Chris as a bargaining chip. As Maggie drags the recently orphaned boy across the UK in order to escape to Europe, hunted in every step by Maggie’s masters, she grows to care for the boy. But she doesn’t realise that Chris’ fate is already sealed, as is her own.

Sunrise is a disturbing and violent low-budget horror feature, set in the UK. This is new draft of a script that was heard at ScriptTank last year.

Where and when

ScriptTank readings are held at the Wheatsheaf Pub, Rathbone Place, in the upstairs room.

Please arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm. The reading will wrap up around 10pm.

Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line)

6 March – Shorts Night and goodbye Esther

The next ScriptTank on Monday at The Wheatsheaf will be one of our regular Shorts Nights.

This time work by Melville Lovat, Carrie Cohen, Kate Lock and Ben Francis, will be read by some of our ensemble of actors.

It’s also with sadness that Eley’s final ScriptTank meeting as one of ScriptTank’s organisers. After many years, Esther will be continuing to host some ScriptTank events. In the meantime, Richard Cosgrove and Katharine Way will continue to arrange ScriptTank events.

The evening starts at 6:45 for a 7pm start at the readings are held upstairs at The Wheatsheaf pub, at 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1DG.

There is a £3 fee for all members attending the reading.

If you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us.

‘Hit Chicks’ by Chukwudi Onwere at the London Theatre

Chukwudi Onwere’s brought Hit Chicks to ScriptTank twice. Now, in a few weeks, it will be shown at The London Theatre.

Hit Chicks sees Letesha and Alesha hired as hitwomen. But on their first day on the job, things go wrong and the sisters’ lives are put in jeopardy. It’s a jet-black comic-thriller on love, sibling rivalry, gangland culture and survival in a London criminal underworld.

Hit Chicks will have a six-night run at The London Theatre – New Cross, from 18-23 April. Tickets are available here.

20 February – The Spark by Ron Fernee

February’s reading at ScriptTank’s new home at The Wheatsheaf is a new stage play by Ron Fernee.

The Spark is a full length play, by Ron Fernee. It’s set in the penalty box of a local football pitch. While Tim practises for a trial at the Chelsea Football Academy, his life seems to crumble around him. Can his own spark save him? Not just for footie fans.

The evening starts at 6:45 for a 7pm start at the readings are held upstairs at The Wheatsheaf pub, at 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1DG.

There is a £3 fee for all members attending the reading.

If you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us. Please remember you will need to attend at least two readings during this winter-spring season to have your script read in our winter/spring 2017 season.

Untold Stories new writing festival at Slam Theatre – 25 and 26 Feb

One of ScriptTank’s newer members, Mark Lindow, is producing a showcase of new writing at Slam Creative Space, a new theatre in King’s Cross.

Untold Stories will be featuring six new works from established and new writers –Hannah Khalil, Jung Sun Den Hollander, Ivan Faute, Nick Myles and Martin Brett – as well as Mark himself. (And Silas Hawkins, one of ScriptTank’s regular ensemble, will be performing in Mark’s work.)

Three of the works to be showcased were developed in partnership with the Arts Council and will begin a national and an international tour soon.

Slam is a new creative space and theatre, which has a remit to develop new writing. it is located at 32 Cubitt Street, a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross Underground Station, in the Only Connect building on the corner of Frederick and Cubitt Streets.

Untold Stories runs over 25-26 February. Tickets cost £10 (£7.50 for concessions).

Please go along and show your support.

23 Jan – Shorts Night opens ScriptTank’s 2017

 

As is traditional on ScriptTank’s return from a hiatus, this month our first meeting will be a Shorts Night.

On 23 January, we’ll be hearing short scripts from a selection of writers. In previous nights scripts for short films and web serials, extracts from works-in-progress, as well as pitches and treatments of new projects, have all been heard.

If you are new ScriptTank member and haven’t had a chance to come to ScriptTank, this is a chance to see what it’s like first-hand.

If you are a new member interested in submitting a script for the Shorts Night, please email Katharine Way. Each work must take no longer than 15 minutes to read (a maximum of 15 pages, using standard screenplay format).

When and where

We will be meeting at The Wheatsheaf pub (25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1DG),  on Monday, 23 January, at 6.45pm for a 7pm start for the Shorts Night.

If you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us.