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.

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.

Monday is now ScriptTank Day

Happy 2017!

ScriptTank will be returning later this month.

While we are continuing to meet at The Wheatsheaf pub (25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1DG), we’ve had to change our meetings to sporadic Mondays.

Also, we’ll only be meeting once a month until Easter. The confirmed dates for ScriptTank’s Winter-Spring meetings are:

  • 23 January
  • 20 Feb
  • 6 March
  • 3 April

We are searching out for a second venue, which will allow us to return to a fortnightly schedule. Please subscribe to the blog, or join our Facebook group for further details.

We will continue to meet at 6:45 for a 7pm start. 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 season to have your script read in our summer 2017 season.

If you are a current member and would like would a slot, please email Esther.

 

 

15 December – ScriptTank Shorts Night and Festive Drinks

 

On the 15 December, ScriptTank will be holding a special Shorts Night – which we need scripts for – and our annual Christmas Drinks.

First, we’ll be hearing short scripts from a selection of writers. The works we’ll hear from will range from complete scripts for short films, web series as well as extracts from works-in-progress for TV, film and radio, and pitches of new projects.

If you are new ScriptTank member and haven’t had a chance to come to ScriptTank, you will give you the chance to see the range of styles and works ScriptTank can help you with. It’s also a chance to have your script read and receive feedback, and 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. Your piece should be no longer than 20 pages (or minutes) long.

After the readings, members are invited to stick around for ScriptTank’s annual Christmas Drinks. The first drink is on ScriptTank.

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, on 15 December.

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