Next Wednesday, ScriptTank will be hearing (the impressively titled) The Ballad of Crookback and Shakespeare (or Truth Betrays Not) — a new two-hander stage play by Clive Greenwood and Jason Wing.
1594 — up-and-coming writer William Shakespeare was summoned by Master of the Revels Edmund Tilney and given a commission for none other than Queen Elizabeth I: a new play about King Richard III. Shakespeare discovers that his patrons do not want a biographical history play, but propaganda justifying the Tudors’ seizing of the throne. So as King James of Scotland journeys to England to claim Elizabeth’s throne for himself, Shakespeare is engaged in a war of wits and battles against censorship.
This week, the reading will begin at 7.30pm. But the doors will be open from 7pm.
On 16 April the final ScriptTank of the current term will be The Kiss – a new stage play by Melville Lovatt.
Melville says that in this short play, “Simon observes his wife and best friend locked in an embrace. The kiss is long, passionate and highly inappropriate. Simon is convinced they must be having an affair and plans a terrible revenge.”
The dates for ScriptTank’s next term have not been confirmed yet. When they are, they will be posted here and in our members’ newsletter.
At our next reading, we’ll be hearing a new screenplay by Ian D. Richardson – God’s Triangle. The script is based on Ian’s biography of his great aunt – a missionary in East Bengal during the First World War.
Florence ‘Florrie’ Cox was intersex but didn’t know it, having been brought up in an intensely religious family in an age when sex was a taboo topic. During the First World War, she was caught up in scandal and an Establishment cover-up after marrying missionary Reverend Frank Paice while his mistress, Olga Johnston, waited impatiently in the wings.
We hope to see you next Tuesday, to hear what promises to be a fascinating story.