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.)
On 17th April, ScriptTank will be returning after our Easter break with The Spark by Ron Fernee. This is the second reading of the latest draft of the play, which was previously read at Script Tank during the Wheat Sheaf Sessions.
The Spark is a drama about a dysfunctional family. It’s a story about love, lust, friendship and football, set at the goal end of a football pitch.
We will be meeting every two weeks until the 24 July for this term of ScriptTank. Currently, our scheduled readings are:
- 17 April – The Spark by Ronald Fermee
- 1 May – May Day Shorts (details below)
- 15 May – Sponges by Urszula Kucharczyk
- 29 May – A play by Melville Lovat
- 10 July – Untitled work by Kate Lock
For the final ScriptTank reading of 2017, we have two pieces: Call it Vienna by Michael Barry and the Christmas-themed Yonder Peasant by Alan Phillips.
This week we’ll be meeting on Thursday.
Michael describes Call it Vienna as, “Even in the most terrible of situations, human beings fight between themselves for power and for life itself. In 1944, in a camp in Northern Germany, two women meet who have very different strategies for survival. One endures dumbly; one accommodates herself to the realities of her situation. One hopes their meeting will help her; one sees their meeting as a catastrophe. Will their meeting help them? How will each make use of the other? In the stark brutality of the camp, the wrong decisions could prove fatal.”
Alan’s Yonder Peasant takes another look at Good King Wenceslas. Was he really good? Was he really a King? A Bohemian Saint? Or was it all just 10th-century fake news?
We’ll be meeting at 6.45pm for a 7pm start on Thursday, 7 December. We do encourage members to arrive earlier to order food and drink from the venue before the reading begins.
There will be a £3 fee for this meeting.
Tonight’s ScriptTank is another one of our popular Shorts Nights.
During this rapid-fire evening, we’ll be hearing short scripts from a selection of writers. The works will range from complete scripts for short films and web serials, extracts from works-in-progress, and pitches and treatments of new projects.
And, to mark Halloween, they’ll be at least one creepy, chilling piece being read.
If you are new ScriptTank member and haven’t had a chance to come to ScriptTank, this is a chance to see what it’s like first-hand.
Where and when
ScriptTank readings are held at the Antalya Restaurant, Holborn, in the private room.
Please arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm for the reading. The readings will wrap up around 10pm.
Antalya’s food is very good and prices are reasonable. Some ScriptTank members will likely arrive early for a pre-reading meal.
Please do not bring your own food and drink to the venue.
Nearest Tubes: Holborn (Central and Picadilly Line) and Russel Square (Picadilly Line).
Next Tuesday’s ScriptTank will be hearing a new stage play by Mark Lindow: Estimated Waiting Time.
Alyssa, 45, and Lewis, 15, meet one night at the swings in the middle of their East London council estate. She’s trapped at home with her mother, who needs a minor operation to fix her incontinence, and refuses care until it happens. He’s also trapped at home with his mother having been excluded from school and is forced to wait for a place at a referral unit so he can finish GCSEs. Both trapped by the circumstance and family they form a friendship that could lead to saving one or both of them from themselves.
We’ll be meeting at 6.45pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday, 17 October. We do encourage members to arrive earlier to order food and drink from the venue before the reading begins.
There will be a £3 fee for this meeting.
After an (enforced) break during 2017, ScriptTank is returning in a few weeks’ time, with a Shorts Night.
If you have a script or another short piece (such as a treatment), you would like performed, please email Katharine Way.
Full and new members of ScriptTank can ask for a slot on Shorts Night. Pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes (15 pages maximum for scripts) and scripts can be complete works or extracts from longer pieces.
When you email Katharine, please let her know how many actors the script requires, and of what gender.
If you’re not a member yet, and you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us.
ScriptTank script call
We are planning five more meetings this term on the following dates:
- 3, 17 and 31 October
- 21 November
- 5 December
Any existing member of ScriptTank may ask for a slot on these nights. If you would like one, please email Katharine.
New members must attend at least three meetings before your script can be read on one of these nights. Coming to the Shorts Night will count as your first meeting.
Please note meetings are closed to non-members. If you’d like to bring a guest, please email Katharine first.
Unfortunately, ScriptTank’s spring-summer term will not be starting this week, as we originally planned.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, our new venue won’t be available.
We are hoping to start readings again later in May, with a traditional Shorts Night.
Once we are able to schedule readings, we will announce the dates.
We are sorry about the delay, but our new home will be worth the wait.
A couple of years ago, we implemented a rule requiring members to attend at least two readings in a term to qualify for a reading in the following term.
We realise that many of you have been unable to attend meetings regularly – if at all – since we lost our home at The Blue Posts.
Because of that, this attendance rule is being waived.
Any full member of ScriptTank can ask for their work to be read this term.
If you haven’t had a piece read in a while, now’s a good time to bring something in.
New members of ScriptTank still have to attend three readings before they can have a night. However, you are welcome to have works read during any Short Nights held before then.
ScriptTank is taking a break for Easter.
We will be returning in mid-May with more readings, every two weeks, on a new day at a new venue.
Please subscribe to the site to keep up with updates.
Have a good Easter.
On Monday, 3 April, ScriptTank will be hearing Sunrise – a horror-thriller by Richard Cosgrove.
This will be the last ScriptTank reading before Easter. Readings will begin again in May.
Maggie learns that the pack of vampires who have enslaved her as a child, plan to kill her and force 11-year-old Chris to serve them. In a desperate attempt to save herself, she escapes the vampire’s home, taking Chris as a bargaining chip. As Maggie drags the recently orphaned boy across the UK in order to escape to Europe, hunted in every step by Maggie’s masters, she grows to care for the boy. But she doesn’t realise that Chris’ fate is already sealed, as is her own.
Sunrise is a disturbing and violent low-budget horror feature, set in the UK. This is new draft of a script that was heard at ScriptTank last year.
Where and when
ScriptTank readings are held at the Wheatsheaf Pub, Rathbone Place, in the upstairs room.
Please arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm. The reading will wrap up around 10pm.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line)
The next ScriptTank on Monday at The Wheatsheaf will be one of our regular Shorts Nights.
This time work by Melville Lovat, Carrie Cohen, Kate Lock and Ben Francis, will be read by some of our ensemble of actors.
It’s also with sadness that Eley’s final ScriptTank meeting as one of ScriptTank’s organisers. After many years, Esther will be continuing to host some ScriptTank events. In the meantime, Richard Cosgrove and Katharine Way will continue to arrange ScriptTank events.
The evening starts at 6:45 for a 7pm start at the readings are held upstairs at The Wheatsheaf pub, at 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1DG.
There is a £3 fee for all members attending the reading.
If you are interested in joining ScriptTank, please contact us.