4 December – The Box by Richard Cosgrove

The final reading of the 2018 run of ScriptTankwill be next Tuesday – 4 December. We will be hearing the first draft of a screenplay from Richard Cosgrove: The Box.

After a simple heist goes wrong, three criminals – a hacker, a hired gun, and a getaway driver – gather in a locked apartment with their score. If they can survive the next two hours, they are promised the biggest payouts of their lives. Each is ready to betray and be betrayed, but none are ready for what is inside the “box”.

The Box is a micro-budget science-fiction thriller about our culture’s reliance on technology and capitalism.

As this is the last reading for 2018, ScriptTank’s organisers wish you all a happy holiday season.

We will be returning in January 2019.

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13 Nov – ‘The First Modern Man’ by Michael Barry and ‘Tea with Doris and Doreen’ by Nick Myles

The next ScriptTank meeting on 13 November will hear two pieces by Michael Barry and Nick Myles.

Michael Barry’s piece is The First Modern Man: a one-man play starring Jonathan Hansler, based on the life of French 16th century French essayist, Michel de Montaigne.

The modern world’s obsession with pundits helping you define your place in it with thoughts about sex, food, fashion, politics, sport, love, depression, happiness had its beginning with Michel de Montaigne – a humorous, wise, melancholic, French aristocrat who retired from public life to live in cultured seclusion. It didn’t work out. So Montaigne wrote anything which took his fancy (sex, cannibals, thumbs), tried to save France from civil wars, became mayor of Bordeaux, discovered world music, opposed colonialism, pitied witches, escaped the Inquisition, negotiated with kings, and slept with princes.

We’ll also be hearing a shorter work for theatre by Nick Myles: Tea with Doris and Doreen.

Lancaster, 1993. Elderly spinster sisters Doris and Doreen share a home, and two lifetimes’ worth of disputed memories. When visited by a pair of young volunteers, Doreen tells them about her wartime romance. But what part did Doris really play in the story?

Please do come along. There are only three more readings until we take a break until 2019.

16 October – Black Hills by Emma Zadow

ScriptTank’s second reading of autumn term is Black Hills by Emma Zadow.

“Black Hills is a macabre look at an American family with a very dark secret. When Scott and his little sister Joanie, leave home for Reed College, Oregon, they find themselves in the wilderness of the Black Hills, South Dakota.

“They meet Darryl, a rugged and lonely drunk, who agrees to help them get back on the road. As the night grows, Scott is haunted by memories of their family home, and their eccentric mother Carrie, plagues him with remembrances of 1963 as a boy.

“Secrets become clear as we travel between 1963 and 1976.”

 

The reading will be held at 16 October, at 7pm, at our regular venue.

If you are a writer in the field of performance arts and would like to attend, please contact us via this form.