4 December – The Box by Richard Cosgrove

The final reading of the 2018 run of ScriptTankwill be next Tuesday – 4 December. We will be hearing the first draft of a screenplay from Richard Cosgrove: The Box.

After a simple heist goes wrong, three criminals – a hacker, a hired gun, and a getaway driver – gather in a locked apartment with their score. If they can survive the next two hours, they are promised the biggest payouts of their lives. Each is ready to betray and be betrayed, but none are ready for what is inside the “box”.

The Box is a micro-budget science-fiction thriller about our culture’s reliance on technology and capitalism.

As this is the last reading for 2018, ScriptTank’s organisers wish you all a happy holiday season.

We will be returning in January 2019.

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13 Nov – ‘The First Modern Man’ by Michael Barry and ‘Tea with Doris and Doreen’ by Nick Myles

The next ScriptTank meeting on 13 November will hear two pieces by Michael Barry and Nick Myles.

Michael Barry’s piece is The First Modern Man: a one-man play starring Jonathan Hansler, based on the life of French 16th century French essayist, Michel de Montaigne.

The modern world’s obsession with pundits helping you define your place in it with thoughts about sex, food, fashion, politics, sport, love, depression, happiness had its beginning with Michel de Montaigne – a humorous, wise, melancholic, French aristocrat who retired from public life to live in cultured seclusion. It didn’t work out. So Montaigne wrote anything which took his fancy (sex, cannibals, thumbs), tried to save France from civil wars, became mayor of Bordeaux, discovered world music, opposed colonialism, pitied witches, escaped the Inquisition, negotiated with kings, and slept with princes.

We’ll also be hearing a shorter work for theatre by Nick Myles: Tea with Doris and Doreen.

Lancaster, 1993. Elderly spinster sisters Doris and Doreen share a home, and two lifetimes’ worth of disputed memories. When visited by a pair of young volunteers, Doreen tells them about her wartime romance. But what part did Doris really play in the story?

Please do come along. There are only three more readings until we take a break until 2019.

1 May – ‘May Day’ Shorts Night

On the 1st May – May Day bank holiday – ScriptTank will be holding one of our occasional Shorts Nights.

If you have a short piece of work – such as a short film, an extract from a full script, or a treatment or outline for a new performance work – you can have it read out.

Unlike a regular meeting, you don’t need to have to come to at least three meetings to have something read on a Shorts Night. So if you’re new to ScriptTank and want to dip your toes in the waters of criticism, this is the time to do it.

If you have a short piece you’d like read, please send an email to Katharine. Include the name of the piece, the medium it is for (theatre, radio, film or TV), and its casting needs (performing ages of the characters, and how many male and female actors the script requires).

Pieces must be no longer than 10 minutes long when read out (about 10 pages for a correctly formatted script).

(Please note, the date given for this reading in the ScriptTank newsletter was incorrect. Sorry for the confusion.)