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.

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.