2016 Meeting review November

Introducing the December meeting and reporting on the November meeting

Sussex Playwrights December Christmas meeting and November meeting report

Christmas meeting preview

Sunday December 11th 7- 9pm at the New Venture Theatre bar Brighton
Reading: ‘The Christmas Goat,’ a short play by Judy Upton
Seasonal readings by members: Poetry, drama, non fiction, a story … if you’d like to do a reading, either from your own writing or a classic you love, please let us know in advance for timings. chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk
The Traditional Christmas Prize Quiz
Wine, juice and nibbles
News, networking and good conversation
Free to members, guests £2 per person.
Please could you let us know if you will be coming along, and if you will be bringing a guest?

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Constance Cox playwriting competition

We’ve had 18 entries so far, including scripts from Japan, Malta and the USA.
Deadline: New Year’s Eve (Midnight December 31st GMT)
Rules: We’re inviting you to submit a half hour radio play in the thriller / mystery genre for 2-6 actors. You can have more characters with actors doubling. Supernatural or comedy elements are OK.
The writers of the top three plays will receive rehearsed readings and recordings of their plays as well as cash prizes.
All entries will be read by a professional producer.
Full details, advice and prizes: www.sussexplaywrights.com/competitions/constance-cox-competition-2016-closes-31-december-2016
Competition reading committee: We’ll be needing a play reading committee from January to decide the winners. If you would like to be a reader, please let us know.

Members’ and Friends’ news

Christine Foster Cliffhanger’s highly successful Mixed Doubles, an evening of five ten minute plays produced by Christine, featuring Paul Moriarty and Margot Jobbins, is back again by popular demand on 19/20/21 January at the Coach House, Rottingdean.
Details at https://en-gb.facebook.com/thecliffhangercompany/

Rob Cohen appeared in The Ugly One at the Rialto, and his own acclaimed solo show The Trials of Harvey Matusow, in association with the University of Sussex.

Simon Moorhead has delivered the final set of episodes of his Brighton-made audio drama series, after months of sound effects, dialogue edit and music composition.

Thomas Everchild co-wrote one of the short films featured in The Big Brighton Film Challenge this month. The films will be appearing on Latest TV in due course.

Philippa Hammond appeared in one of the challenge films, Ruby, which was shown at the December Moviebar short film event, and is appearing in a series of podcast audio dramas by Peter Gardiner of Two Bit Productions, recorded in November and currently in post production.

Please send us all your latest news either to chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk or to the Facebook Page.

November meeting report

Lively discussions and sharing ideas and information on …
the general popularity of ten minute scripts
how to find young male actors
applying for Arts Council grants
free Brighton Fringe Academy workshops for people interested in producing at the Fringe https://www.brightonfringe.org/fringe-academy
the Brighton Theatre of the Air


Guy Wah from ZLS Theatre and Sarah Johnson from Sweet Venues gave a presentation on Brighton and Hove’s own new festival of new drama, Hove Grown. We heard about how Hove Grown came to be, how writers, producers and performers can book their events into the festival and just what the organisers are looking for.

First launched in 2016, Guy and Sarah are now planning the next festival in March 2017. Registration is now open – Philippa and Thomas represented Sussex Playwrights at the launch party in November.

If you’re interested in taking part, full details and contact information are at www.hovegrown.org.uk


‘Virgins Anonymous’ by Tim Coakley. A solo piece – a member of Virgins Anonymous rings the help desk to announce her proud retirement from the organisation. Read by Philippa, members and visitors discussed the piece afterwards.

Future events for 2017

The new year will see:
January: Reading and judging the Constance Cox competitionm then ongoing readings and recordings of the winning plays with Brighton actors.
January: A reading of new a play by Tony Briginshaw – we’ll be needing readers. Please let me know if you would like to read. chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk
Guest speakers will include Brighton’s own James Payne in February. James’ TV scripts have featured on Death in Paradise, The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge.and Hooten and the Lady [which he co-created].

Work in progress or for sharing

We’re looking to members and guests to take an active part in meetings and showcase their work.
If you’d like to read or perform an excerpt from your latest fiction or non fiction at a meeting for discussion [10 minute slots]

If you’d prefer to have us arrange for someone to read it for you, if you’re happier writing than speaking [10 minute slots]

If you’d like to have actors read an excerpt from your latest script in progress for discussion [10 minute slots]

If you’re an actor who’d like to read

If you have a longer script you’d like considered for rehearsed reading / discussion

Please contact us