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.)

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ScriptTank 7 December – Call it Vienna by Michael Barry, Yonder Peasant by Alan Phillips

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.

ScriptTank 17 October – Estimated Waiting Time by Mark Lindow

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.