2 March – Sunrise by Richard Cosgrove

Sunrise by Richard Cosgrove

This week’s ScriptTank is Sunrise – a disturbing, low-budget horror feature film – by Richard Cosgrove.

A young woman tries to rescue a young boy from a pack of vampires who enslaved her as a child, only to discover her attempt to save the child was certain to fail.  

Maggie learns that the pack of vampires who have enslaved her as a child plan to kill her and make 11-year-old Chris their servant. To try and save herself, Maggie escapes the vampire’s home, taking Chris along as a bargaining tool. As she drags Chris across the UK to escape to Europe, hunted every step by Maggie’s masters, she grows to care for the boy – not realising his fate, and her own, are already sealed.

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.

If you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us. If you are a current member, please remember you will need to attend at least two readings during this winter-spring season to have their script read in our autumn/winter 2016 season.

The next ScriptTank meeting will be one of our occasional Shorts Nights, featuring a selection of works that are a maximum of 10 minutes long. Please watch the blog for further details.

We’re looking forward to seeing friends old and new next week.

Etcetera Theatre Horror Playwriting Competition

Horror Playwriting Competition

Writers who like to chill the blood, here is something for you: a horror playwriting competition from Etcetera Theatre.

Etcetera are looking for plays, suitable for staging in a single room, that last 10-15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is 15 August.

Here are the full, spine-tingling, details…

Calling all writers and horror fans! To celebrate our 5th year and as part of our dedication to support new work in the horror theatre world, this year the London Horror Festival and the Etcetera Theatre are teaming up to host a short playwriting competition with the guiding theme ‘It’s not what it seems…’

We are looking for unique, dark and intimate storytelling to terrify and disturb our opening night audience. We welcome entries from anyone and everyone, whether you are a first time scribe or a seasoned horror theatre pro. If you have a penchant for writing and a love for horror we can’t wait to hear from you.

Submissions are open from now until Saturday 15th August, after which the festival team will shortlist 3 plays to be staged by a professional cast and crew at The Etcetera Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues and official home of the London Horror Festival. The plays will be performed on Monday 5th October, at the opening night of the 2015 festival.

And for one lucky writer, there will be an amazing special prize… The overall winning play, which will be chosen and announced on the night by a special guest judge, will be automatically granted a 3 night performance slot at the Black Box Festival in January 2016, with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

Below are the competition requirements:

  • Submissions should be between 10-15minutes long
  • Plays should be written to the theme of ‘It’s not what it seems…’ and fit into the horror genre. Be imaginative with this! The more creatively this is interpreted the better!
  • The play must be set in one room only
  • The play must be limited to two characters.
  • To give you an idea of the performance space the specs of the Etcetera are as follows:
    • The stage is 5m wide x 3m70 deep.
    • Two entrances are downstage left (main theatre entrance) and upstage left (to the dressing room).
    • The dressing room links back to the main corridor so both entrances can be used during the performance.
    • We have a number of furniture items available (chairs, stools, bench, tables, sofa)
    • Due to health and safety regulations, the fire exit signs have to be on so be aware the theatre can’t go to complete black.
  • Submission deadlines are Saturday 15th August, 2015. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted plays will be announced in September.
  • Plays should be submitted by email, in Word or PDF formats.

13 March: Ambrose Pierce

Edwardian magician William Marriott surrounded by ghost hands.

Edwardian stage magician and illusionist William Marriott. (Image source: Alistair Gentry)

The last reading before the Easter break is Ambrose Pierce, a screenplay by Richard Cosgrove.

When Ambrose Pierce, an Edwardian magician, escapes from Hell and arrives in present-day London, he must convince psychiatrist Dr Anna Mirza that he is not insane. And also free her from a parasitical ghost before it drives her to suicide.

This is the third major redraft of this pilot for a supernatural drama TV series, which was originally premiered at ScriptTank.

The reading starts at 6:45 for 7:00, above the Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street, nearest tubes Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square.

There’s a £3 charge per session.