Next week, ScriptTank will be hearing Hope Street – a pilot for a comedy series by Alan Kramer.
In the mid-80s, Sean Savage dreams to form a band at Liverpool’s legendary College of Art where John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe started their creative partnership. But in a city overflowing with bands, Sean will have to fight musical apathy, face gangs robbing equipment, and prove to his peers and his radical department head that he has what it takes to be a true artist. On this journey of self-discovery, making friends, enemies, and finding love and inspiration from unlikely sources, he realises he might be moving in the wrong direction.
This is a coming-of-age, drama/comedy about finding your creative calling. How adversity and conflict can help overcome self-doubt and be the driving force and influence for creativity and artistic expression. How important time and place can shape one’s artistic destiny.
This week, the reading will begin at 7.30pm. Members can arrive from 7pm.
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.