6 March – Bee Happy by Tom Wentworth

At the next ScriptTank meeting, we will hear Bee Happy, “a darkly comic 45 minute two-handler about bees, intergenerational buddies and bad behaviour” by Tom Wentworth.

Penny keeps bees on her roof. Desperate to escape during a house party, she persuades her young friend Ben to join her for drinks, gossip and a few home truths up on the roof. But things aren’t all that they seem, with Penny’s son missing – presumed dead. Penny’s tried to mould Ben to fit her son shaped hole, but what happens when your friendship is put on the line?

It was originally performed script-in-hand at the Old Red Lion in 2016.

23 October – The Ballad of Crookback and Shakespeare (or Truth Betrays Not) by Clive Greenwood and Jason Wing

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.

16 April – The Kiss by Melville Lovatt

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.