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.

Kate Lock’s Russian Dolls wins King’s Head Adrian Pagan award

Nested Russian dolls (matryoshkas)

We have news of another success from one of ScriptTank’s long-time members. Kate Lock‘s play Russian Dolls has won the Adrian Pagan award for 2015, so will be performed at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre in April.

The King’s Head describes Russian Dolls as a “wise and witty new drama celebrates cross-generational relationships and lays bare the extraordinary virtue of self-determination. This uncompromising duologue is a tender portrait of how humanitarian values are blind”.

“Hilda is blind, lives alone, and is visited by a carer once a week. Camilla is a young offender looking for her next mark. A surprising and curious relationship sparks off between these opposites as both search for connection and purpose. Kate Lock’s insightful new play delves into maternal relationships and the line between friendship and family, and contrasts our current culture of blame and instant gratification with the self-worth and determination of the post-war generation.”

The very first draft of Russian Dolls was read out at ScriptTank, before Kate embarked on a writing process involving “much blood sweat and tears”.

Congratulations to Kate for a well-deserved win.

Russian Dolls will run for three weeks, from 5 April. Tickets are available from the King’s Head website now, and start from £10.

30 September – Seaview by Kate Lock


Seaview by Kate Lock (photo CC daredevil_81)

This week ScriptTank will be hearing Seaview – a new stage play by long-time member Kate Lock.

Kate describes her play as, “A dark and humorous one-act play, exploring what we choose to believe to mould life more conveniently away from reality. It’s a family story where responsibility for the elder is at stake and avoided by the siblings who dredge up the past as ammunition against each other.”

Seaview is the first reading of ScriptTank’s new run. If you are a new or prospective member, it will show you how ScriptTank can help you develop your work.

Attending the reading

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

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