At the next ScriptTank meeting on 7 February we will hear Star Struck, a radio play by Katharine Way.
Two astronomers, Cal and Sarah, spend a fortnight at a remote observatory, watching a distant cataclysm: thousands of light-years away a star is ripped to pieces by a black hole. But as they wait for the main event, Cal detects a mysterious signal from deep space, both of them start to question everything they have ever believed…
Star Struck is a radio play, previously broadcast in the Afternoon Drama slot on Radio 4, which Katharine is considering re-adapting for other media.
The studio will be open from 7pm, but the reading will start at 7.30pm so the room can be set up.
If you’d like to bring guests to this reading, please let Katharine and Richard know.
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.
The final reading for this season of ScriptTank is Dangerous, a single-episode TV play by (the British Soap Award winning) Katharine Way.
Rose, 50s, faces a dilemma. Her son Paul is in prison, convicted of murdering his wife. Paul’s daughter Polly – 15, disturbed, grieving and raging at the world – now lives with Rose because she has no other family after Sue’s death. But Polly hates her grandmother, blaming her for what happened. She insists that her dad had been beating up her mum for years before he finally killed her and that Rose, like everyone else, didn’t want to know and did nothing. Rose loves her granddaughter, but as Polly’s behaviour becomes more and more extreme, Rose becomes afraid of her. And Paul, who she visits in prison, insists that Polly is lying – that she’s manipulative and violent, a compulsive liar and that she’s the dangerous one. Rose is forced to choose between her son and her granddaughter. Who will she believe? Whose side will she be on? And which of them is really dangerous?
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.
This is the final ScriptTank meeting before our summer break. Remember: you need to have attended at least two readings to have your script read in our autumn/winter 2016 season.