January 2019 meeting

January report

We kicked off our 2020 with new writing, a glass of wine and great conversation with Sussex Playwrights.


Our guest, actor Heather-Rose Andrews, had just returned from her Christmas in New York where she performed Sam Chittenden’s adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, to audience and critical acclaim.


Heather was in conversation with Philippa discussing the business of adaptation, re-imagining a classic work for the stage, and performing in an iconic New York venue to great reviews.


And James Alexander Allen presented a reading by Tristan Woolf and Kevin Cherry from his latest script We Can Be Villains for discussion and analysis.


If you’d like to bring a short piece for a scratch reading on a club night, email Philippa Hammond chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

For your diary – February 2nd 2020

February meeting

Sussex Playwrights February 2nd meeting

Sussex Playwrights was first formed in 1935 to promote members’ writing.

In the 21st century one of the best ways to spread the word is to get the writer’s voice out there, using the text and sound publishing systems available to us.

Sussex Playwrights: The Podcast

This Sunday we’ll be recording material for our podcast introduction and promotion.

This will be a chance for you to make short announcements about your upcoming projects and productions.

In future podcasts we’ll include readings and interviews with writers, actors, directors and producers.

Announcing the 2020-2021 Constance Cox Prize Playwriting Competition

With the rise and rise of Print On Demand publishing, we’re planning to promote writers and writing by publishing the first collection of plays for stage under the Sussex Playwrights brand.

Our next Constance Cox Prize Playwriting Competition will also be a call for entries for this collection.

Details will be published on the website and in the newsletter following the meeting.

Come along and hear all about it, and how you can take part.

Enquiries to Thomas Everchild, secretary@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

All welcome

Free to Sussex Playwrights members
Visitors £3 (£2 with Equity card)
Includes drinks

New Venture Theatre bar, Bedford Place, Brighton, BN1 2PT

Sunday February 2nd 2020

19.00-21.00

Please note – Sussex Playwrights are not affiliated with our friends the New Venture Theatre.

2020 dates

March 1 AGM 19.00 – 21.00

Please do attend the March AGM for your chance to stand for election in a committee post, vote for candidates and have a say in how the Club is run. Posts:

Chair

Vice Chair

Secretary

Treasurer

Committee members

If you would like to stand for one of these posts, or if you would like a motion discussed at the AGM, please email chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

April 5 Brighton Fringe Preview

If you would like to feature a ten minute preview of your fringe show, at any stage of preparation, followed by a discussion of your work, please email chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

May 3 Jun 7 Jul 5 Aug 2

If you’d like to bring a short piece for a scratch reading on a club night, email Philippa Hammond chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

September 2019

Kick off a dramatic autumn with Sussex Playwrights

Kick off a dramatic autumn with the next Sussex Playwrights meeting this Sunday September 1st – all welcome.

Our special guests had all just returned from the Edinburgh experience, with audience and critical acclaim to their credit!

We discussed their work producing, writing and performing new drama at the Fringe.

Magician, comedian, actor, writer, corporate presenter, paranormal sceptic, bon viveur Paul Zenon discussing

Trust Me!

‘The master at work …’ Must See Show [Fringe Review]
Review

Different Theatre – Writer, producer, director, actor Sam Chittenden discussing

Sary

‘a beautiful piece of theatre, crafted with elegance and passion …’ [Fringe Review]
Review

Metamorphosis

‘Assiduously constructed and impressively acted, Different Theatre’s female-oriented Metamorphosis rings with a new voice …’ [A Younger Theatre]
Review

Bite-Size Plays – Producer and driving force behind this Brighton and Edinburgh phenomenon, Nicolas Brice discussing and performing with Philippa a short play from the menu; ‘Vintage’, by Lucy Kaufman.

The Big Bite Size Breakfast Show

‘a winning formula for good plays … guaranteed good theatre.’ [The British Theatre Guide], shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award

Review

August 2019 meeting report

Writers’ Night

Sussex Playwrights was established originally to read and discuss writers’ plays.

Now we’ve re-established it as a great place for writers, performers, producers and makers of new stage, screen, audio and online drama, we’re going to be weaving this idea back into our monthly meetings schedule over the next few months. We’ll be keeping the mix of networking, special guests and guest performances too. Monologues, dialogue, sketches, screenplays – we’ll be inviting writers to come along with short examples of your writing to be read and discussed on Writers’ Nights.

August 2019’s meeting was a Writers’ Night.

We featured playwright and poet Simon Jenner, in discussion about his work with a reading of his first short play Stemming the Flow, an encounter between Byron and Keats, with Simon as Byron, Russell Shaw as Keats and Philippa Hammond as the Doctor, a reading by Simon of his latest piece My Shit Year and some in depth group discussion on the writing and reading of the works.

We’ll be featuring more play readings over the autumn and winter – please let us know if you have a piece you would like to propose for a reading at a meeting.

Philippa  chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk

Meeting November 3rd 2019

For your diary – Our next meeting

Sussex Playwrights November 3rd meeting 2019

Monthly networking and drinks for writers, producers and makers of new drama for stage, screen and audio

We have a special event in December, so our annual winter social and writers’ storytelling event is moving to the November 3rd meeting.

As the nights draw in and Halloween pumpkins are still with us, it will combine short winter ghost stories with our usual competition, drinks, nibbles and writers’ and actors’ get together.

We’re inviting members and visitors to bring their own short stories or short plays [aim at two or three and no more than five minutes] on the subject of winter hauntings. It’s a fun event with spooky stories.

You can read the piece yourself, or bring a piece for a scratch reading on the night.

All welcome
Sussex Playwrights members free
Visitors £3 (£2 Equity card)
Includes wine/juice

Do ‘like’ the Sussex Playwrights Facebook Page for news as it’s posted.

New Venture Theatre Bar
Bedford Place
Brighton
(Note – Sussex Playwrights is not part of the New Venture Theatre group itself)

December advance news

Our Honorary President William Nicholson will be our special guest speaker at our December meeting! Playwright, novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson, author of his latest film Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis, Shadowlands, Les Miserables, Gladiator, First Knight, Elizabeth: The Golden Age www.williamnicholson.com

Future plans

We’re bringing up the volume again on play readings over the winter. We’d welcome works in progress or finished pieces around 10 – 15 minutes long – so if you have a piece in progress and you’d appreciate a scratch reading and discussion on the night, please do bring along some copies!

Later in the year we’ll be featuring longer pieces – 45 minute plays or suitable extracts.

For your diary – our future meeting dates

6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec, 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul & 2 Aug

Philippa Hammond – Chair
chair@sussexplaywrights.co.uk