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.

The Bone Orchard by Kate Lock on Radio 4 (and don’t forget Katharine Way’s Doctors)

On Wednesday afternoon, Radio 4 will be putting on The Bone Orchard by one of ScriptTank’s veteran member, the award-winning Kate Lock.

In The Bone Orchard, Sue returns home to Liverpool for her parents’ wedding anniversary and is forced to face a secret from her father’s past and the truth about their relationship.

The Bone Orchard will be on Radio 4 2.15pm on Wednesday, 7 December. And it’ll be available on the BBC iPlayer for a week afterwards.

Also, Katharine Way’s latest episode of Doctors – The Invisible Woman – was broadcast on Tuesday, 6 December. It will be on the iPlayer for another month.

More Liberty Tales with Carrie Cohen

There are two more readings from Liberty Tales – an anthology containing one of Carrie Cohen’s stories – coming up in London.

On Saturday, 5 December, it will be performed at Housmans Bookshop in Kings Cross.  And on 10 December, they’ll be readings held at North Kensington Library.

Liberty Tales, which is published by Arachne Press, is an anthology inspired by the signing of the Magna Carta – the first bill of rights  for British citizens, signed by King John in 1215.

Copies of Liberty Tales will be available for purchase at the events, or can be ordered from Arachne Press’s website.

1 December – The Anonymous Alcoholic by Alain Kramer

ScriptTank’s next reading on 1 December will be The Anonymous Alcoholic – a feature script by Alain Kramer.

Rita Mills is surprised to discover that she is named as a beneficiary in the will of her recently deceased alcoholic “neighbour from hell”, Keith Tilroy. In Keith’s diary, she finds a fragmented account of his family life, friends and relationship with her. But one mystery of is past is missing. A part that might have triggered his spiral of self-destruction. Finding friends that knew him, lead Rita to his hometown in Yorkshire where she discovers a shocking secret.

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.

Liberty Tales book launch, starring Carrie Cohen

One of ScriptTank’s regular performers, Carrie Cohen, is now a published author.

Carrie’s work is being featured in Liberty Tales from Arachne Press: an anthology inspired by the signing of the Magna Carta – the first bill of rights  for British citizens, signed by King John in 1215.

As part of the book’s launch, Carrie will be performing pieces from Liberty Tales.

The launch is being held at 7.30pm at West Greenwich Library146 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN.

Copies of Liberty Tales will be available for purchase at the launch event, or can be ordered from Arachne Press’s website. To confirm if you’re attending, email Arachne Press.

10 November – Sleepy Time Girl and Back for More by Michael Barry

The first reading at ScriptTank’s new home at The Wheatsheaf is a double bill of radio plays by Michael Barry: Sleepy Time Gal and Back For More.

Sleepy Time Gal

Gillian is having a deserved lie-in. But life – and her husband, daughter and ex-boyfriend – won’t let her be. As the telephone calls throw up difficulties and possibilities, conscious and unconscious, an exhausted Gillian plunges into a dream world to resolve the emotional turmoil provoked by all these people who will not let her sleep. Can she make sense of a world where it seems everyone expects her to satisfy their demands without giving much in return? And can the advice of a long dead budgie be of any help whatsoever?

Back For More

When debonair Charles Fraser is run over by a truck and so snatched from Parliament, his wife, his mistress, and his role as an adviser to developing nations, the world is taken aback – although it doesn’t mourn unduly. Now dead, not over-valued but still one of the team, he seems an ideal candidate for an astonishing experiment in biotechnology, and it may be that Charles Fraser can be awakened from death – if his enemies in Parliament all the experiment to continue.

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.

Do you want to be a script supervisor?

Script supervisors – aka continuity supervisors – are one of the unsung and hardworking members of TV and film crew, tasked with making sure every shot matches up with what’s gone on before, and everyone on set is, literally, on the same page.

If this interests you, and you have two weeks to spare to spend in Wales at Pinewood Studios, this course may be for you.

This two week course includes practical workshops, talks with industry professionals and ‘simulated production experience’.

The lead tutor is Ceri Evans-Cooper, who has worked on the Harry Potter films, Green Zone and, the classic Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom.

The course runs for 10 days, Monday to Friday, starting 31 October and ending 11 November.

The course is part-funded by Creative SkillSet and BFI, so the cost is £350 per participant.

If you’re interested, visit the Sgil Cymru website for more details. Or email help@sgilcymru.com or phone 07843 779 870.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday, 24 October, 2016.

6 October – Taste and Decency by Cliff Chapman

This week at ScriptTank Cliff Chapman things will get a bit Aykbourne and Stoppard with Taste and Decency.

Hugh and Cardamom are expecting a few people tonight, just for the post-funeral buffet alone, in honour of Hugh’s late mother, Violet. And there’s important business to sort out with Vi’s house, which would be far more pleasant over a relaxed, convivial house party atmosphere than in a barren lawyer’s room. Hugh and Cardy haven’t seen Hugh’s brother Nigel or his wife Lila for a while now. But an already awkward situation is made worse when the vicar and his wife turn up.

As emotions are buried under barbs traded. Until we find out what the vicar brought with him. And then all hell breaks loose…

The evening starts at 6:45 for a 7pm start at the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street. The nearest tubes are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

It is also with a great deal of sadness, that we have to announce this will be the last reading at the Blue Posts – ScriptTank’s home for seven years. Like many venues the Soho area, the Blue Posts is being forced to close down by property developers to make way for expensive flats.

So please do come, as we bid farewell to the Blue Posts’ staff and its landlord Michael, on the Blue Posts’ final night, as it closes the following day.

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