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.
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.
From the 25 September, ScriptTank will be meeting a new venue: Theatre Deli Broadgate.
At Theatre Deli we will have a rehearsal studio to hold readings in private and where everyone can be heard. Below are photos of the studio space.
If you have not been to ScriptTank for a while, please join us again.
Along with our great new venue, which is suitable for readings, we have some exciting new ideas for the future we want to share with you.
ScriptTank will be meeting every second Wednesday from 9 October until 4 December. Then we will be taking our Christmas break.
We are waiting for some writers to confirm whether they can make upcoming dates. The full schedule will be published soon.
- 23 October – TBC
- 6 November – Untitled theatre piece by Mark Lindow
- 20 November – TBC
- 4 December – TBC and Christmas drinks
After December, ScriptTank should return in mid-to-late January.
Also, there will now be a £4 charge to attend a meeting, to cover the cost of hiring the studio space.
ScriptTank readings are only open to members. If you would like to join us, please visit this page which tells you how to apply for membership and get in touch with us.
Membership to ScriptTank is free. You only pay for attending our meetings.