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.

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2 October – Shorts Night

On 2 October, we will be holding our now-traditional Shorts Night to start our Autumn-Winter term.

There is still some room available for short pieces to be read on the night.

If you are a member of ScriptTank and have a script (full or an extract), treatment or outline, that’ll take less than 10 minutes to read, please let Katharine Way know.

You can also bring a piece along on the night. We will do our best to have it read, but can’t guarantee it will be read.

New members

If you are interested in coming along to the Shorts Night to find out what ScriptTank is about,  please contact us. We are especially interested in hearing from BAME and younger writers, and those who are early in their careers.

If you’d like to know more about ScriptTank, please send us your question.

If you are a professional playwright or screenwriter, or a strong desire to become a professional, we’ll be a good fit. But coming to a Shorts Nights is a great way to see if ScriptTank will be a good fit for you.

And if you’re a member and know a writer (or two) who’ll be a good fit for ScriptTank, please bring them along on 2 October.

See you next week.

ScriptTank’s summer break

ScriptTank is now on its summer break.

Our first meeting after our summer break will be 2 October.

We will then meet on 16th and 30th October, 13th and 27th November and 4th December.

We hope you will be able to join us again for our 2018-2019 year.

Until then, we hope you can make the most of this hottest of summers.