Sussex Playwrights Newsletter
June meeting and May report
Networking, news and great conversation for writers of new stage, screen, radio and online drama, actors and anyone who loves to read, hear and talk about new writing.
From the Chair
We hope you’re enjoying this lovely May – here in Brighton, the 2017 Brighton Festival / Fringe is very nearly at an end. This year, quite a few Committee members, SP members and friends have been deeply involved in Fringe productions, including:
Protect and Survive
Produced by Simon Moorhead, TBC Audio [committee member]
Written by Jonathan Williamson
Directed by Thomas Everchild [secretary]
Featuring Philippa Hammond [chair]
**** – Fringe Guru / ‘Recommended’ – Fringe Review
Happily Never After
The Maydays, Featuring Jenny Rowe [committee member]
***** – Broadway Baby
When Love Grows Old
Written by Giles Cole [twice winner of the Constance Cox competition]
*** – Fringe Guru / ‘Highly Recommended’ – Fringe Review
Sussex Playwrights Reviews
We’ve also started to publish our own reviews of productions – you can see some of our Fringe reviews here: www.sussexplaywrights.co.uk/?submit=Search&s=Reviews
We’ll be bringing you more reviews of new theatre, audio and film drama in future. If you’d like us to review your upcoming production in Brighton, Hove or the surrounding area, please contact us with details and we can discuss.
4th June Meeting
New Venture Theatre Bar 7.30
2016-17 Constance Cox playwriting competition event
Plus networking, members’ and friends’ news and Fringe roundup
Now the Fringe is nearly over, we’re turning our attention back to the 2016-17 Constance Cox playwriting competition: www.sussexplaywrights.co.uk/competition
We published our long list of twelve plays on the website a couple of months ago:
Once in a Lifetime
Out of Darkness
Rock and Chips
Storm in a League Cup
The Other Apprentice
The Teaswell Incident
The Woman in Black II
June’s meeting will feature the Constance Cox competition First Three Pages live event.
Those first few pages of any script are a vital hook to the reader.
Do they capture attention, keep interest and spark the desire to read on?
At Sunday’s meeting we’ll be presenting some live First Three Pages readings from the twelve long listed plays for discussion and feedback.
Please do come along and join in on Sunday – your comments on the night will form part of the final decision-making process.
All welcome – Free to members, £2 to visitors on the night [including discussion and drinks]
Entries are also being read by professional audio drama producer, Simon Moorhead.
We’ll bring you news as soon as the winners are decided.
The organisers reserve the right to withdraw or add further prizes at their discretion.
For your diary
Shooters in the Pub – free monthly film makers’ networking event [screenwriters, producers, directors, actors and crew in conversation] on Monday June 5th 7.30 Duke’s at Komedia bar
May meeting report – Special guest William Nicholson
A-list screenwriter, playwright and novelist [Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables]
Report by Simon Jenner here: www.sussexplaywrights.co.uk/may-meeting-william-nicholson
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Work in progress or for sharing
We’re looking to members and guests to take an active part in future meetings and showcase their work.
- If you’d like to read or perform an excerpt from your latest fiction or non fiction at a future 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
Philippa Hammond [Chair], Thomas Everchild [Secretary] and the committee