24 January – Hit Chicks by Chukwudi Onwere

On Friday, 24 January, we will be hearing Hit Chicks, a stage play by Chukwudi Onwere.

Letesha and Alesha are hired to kill. They also have an ulterior motive. Their next ‘hit’ is big money, but it proves a challenge. This puts the sisters lives in jeopardy and if they’re not careful, their main mission will be in tatters… Who will survive?

Hit Chicks is a dark comedy urban-thriller on sibling rivalry, retribution and betrayal in London’s criminal underworld.

This is an updated piece. An earlier draft was heard at ScriptTank in 2014.

Moving to Fridays

This term we are meeting every second Friday, until 17 April. The confirmed readings for our upcoming term are:

24 January – Hit Chicks by Chukwudi Onwere
7 February – Available
21 February – The Box by Richard Cosgrove
6 March – new work by Tom Wentworth
20 March – Available
3 April – Available
17 April – Available

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.

9 October – ‘Shoreditch Muse’ by Emma Zadow

The first full reading at ScriptTank’s new venue – Theatre Deli Broadgate – will be Shoreditch Muse by Emma Zadow – a portrait of Fanny Eaton: the mixed-race muse of Victorian London.

In Shoreditch, 1861, Fanny Eaton, the Jamaican-born laundress inspires the iconic Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti and begins to model for him in his studio.

She needs the money. He needs the model. But as the paint flies, charcoal smudges and canvases stretch, what must she sacrifice so Rossetti can create his masterpiece?

A moving portrait of the events surrounding Fanny Eaton: the mixed-race muse of Victorian London.

This play was first conceived at the Soho Theatre Writers Lab.

Shoreditch Muse promises to be a thoughtful and entertaining piece. Those of you who came to our Shorts Night last week will remember Emma’s powerful monologue set during the Moss Side Riots in Manchester.

Please do come to the reading, to help Emma develop her play further.