What is ScriptTank?

ScriptTank is a writing feedback group for professionally-minded writers.

Every two weeks, during the academic year, a script by a ScriptTank member is performed to an audience of other members, including writers, directors and producers.

After the script is read out, the audience and cast provide immediate feedback on the writer’s work.

At ScriptTank, we hear theatrical scripts (including musicals and operas), radio plays, and screenplays for TV and film, in genres ranging from historical drama to contemporary thrillers.

Our membership includes fringe theatre playwrights and BAFTA-nominated writer-directors.

For more information about ScriptTank, click here. If you are an experienced writer who is interested in joining us, please click here.

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ScriptTank 23 January – Target Man by Mark Starling

For our first reading of 2018 on 23 January, we will be hearing Target Man by Mark Starling – one of ScriptTank’s new members.

Target Man follows the story of two professional footballers, both at different stages of their career and lives, and both with secrets. Young star Connor Woodhouse is promoted to the first team at his club and befriends experienced professional Joel Nelson. But when Connor’s new agent proposes something life-changing, he is faced with a big decision. Target Man follows Connor and Joel on both their public and private journeys, exploring themes of identity, mental strength, and the dangers of ambition.

Please arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

ScriptTank 7 December – Call it Vienna by Michael Barry, Yonder Peasant by Alan Phillips

For the final ScriptTank reading of 2017, we have two pieces: Call it Vienna by Michael Barry and the Christmas-themed Yonder Peasant by Alan Phillips.

This week we’ll be meeting on Thursday.

Michael describes Call it Vienna as, “Even in the most terrible of situations, human beings fight between themselves for power and for life itself. In 1944, in a camp in Northern Germany, two women meet who have very different strategies for survival. One endures dumbly; one accommodates herself to the realities of her situation. One hopes their meeting will help her; one sees their meeting as a catastrophe. Will their meeting help them? How will each make use of the other? In the stark brutality of the camp, the wrong decisions could prove fatal.”

Alan’s Yonder Peasant takes another look at Good King Wenceslas. Was he really good? Was he really a King? A Bohemian Saint? Or was it all just 10th-century fake news?

We’ll be meeting at 6.45pm for a 7pm start on Thursday, 7 December. We do encourage members to arrive earlier to order food and drink from the venue before the reading begins.

There will be a £3 fee for this meeting.

31 October – ScriptTank Halloween Shorts Night

Tonight’s ScriptTank  is another one of our popular Shorts Nights.

During this rapid-fire evening, we’ll be hearing short scripts from a selection of writers. The works will range from complete scripts for short films and web serials, extracts from works-in-progress, and pitches  and treatments of new projects.

And, to mark Halloween, they’ll be at least one creepy, chilling piece being read.

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.

Where and when

ScriptTank readings are held at the Antalya Restaurant, Holborn, in the private room.

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

Antalya’s food is very good and prices are reasonable. Some ScriptTank members will likely arrive early for a pre-reading meal.

Please do not bring your own food and drink to the venue.

Nearest Tubes: Holborn (Central and Picadilly Line) and Russel Square (Picadilly Line).

ScriptTank 17 October – Estimated Waiting Time by Mark Lindow

Next Tuesday’s ScriptTank will be hearing a new stage play by Mark Lindow: Estimated Waiting Time.

Alyssa, 45, and Lewis, 15, meet one night at the swings in the middle of their East London council estate. She’s trapped at home with her mother, who needs a minor operation to fix her incontinence, and refuses care until it happens. He’s also trapped at home with his mother having been excluded from school and is forced to wait for a place at a referral unit so he can finish GCSEs. Both trapped by the circumstance and family they form a friendship that could lead to saving one or both of them from themselves.

We’ll be meeting at 6.45pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday, 17 October. We do encourage members to arrive earlier to order food and drink from the venue before the reading begins.

There will be a £3 fee for this meeting.

19 Sept – Shorts Night marks ScriptTank’s return

After an (enforced) break during 2017, ScriptTank is returning in a few weeks’ time, with a Shorts Night.

If you have a script or another short piece (such as a treatment), you would like performed, please email Katharine Way.

Full and new members of ScriptTank can ask for a slot on Shorts Night. Pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes (15 pages maximum for scripts) and scripts can be complete works or extracts from longer pieces.

When you email Katharine, please let her know how many actors the script requires, and of what gender.

If you’re not a member yet, and you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us.

ScriptTank script call

We are planning five more meetings this term on the following dates:

  • 3, 17 and 31 October
  • 21 November
  • 5 December

Any existing member of ScriptTank may ask for a slot on these nights. If you would like one, please email Katharine.

New members must attend at least three meetings before your script can be read on one of these nights. Coming to the Shorts Night will count as your first meeting.

Please note meetings are closed to non-members. If you’d like to bring a guest, please email Katharine first.

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.