September 2017 review October news

October 1st meeting

The 2016-17 Constance Cox Competition invited writers to submit half hour audio plays in the thriller / mystery genre.

We’re about to begin presenting a series of rehearsed readings of the winners and the short listed plays.

October 1st meeting features the first prize winning play ‘The Teaswell Incident’ by John Dutton

Produced by Simon Moorhead – TBC Audio

Directed by Thomas Everchild – Studio 1919

The readings will feature professional actors, will be recorded on the night and available to buy as a collection on CD. Each performance will be followed by audience discussion. The writers are invited to attend and take part in the Q and A.

About the meetings

A monthly playwrights’ event – writers of film, theatre, TV, radio, online drama, plus actors, directors, crew and their friends are welcome to come along for rehearsed readings, networking, sharing writing, reading and discussing new work.

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton, East Sussex

All welcome

All meetings are free to members [including drinks]

Visitors £2 on door [including drinks]

Later meetings will present

Second prize: ‘Storm in a League Cup’ by Simon Josiffe

Third prize: ‘Rock and Chips’ by David Weir

Followed by the runners up:

‘Cash’ by Julia Norman

‘Distortion’ by Celia Dodd

‘The Other Apprentice’ by Randy Lee Gross

‘Will’ by Robert Cohen

Keep an eye on the website and Facebook Page for latest news, as details, dates and castings are confirmed.

2017 Constance Cox Competition

We are about to announce details of the 2017 Constance Cox playwriting competition. Details will be released very soon on the website and Facebook page

September meeting report

Our special guest in September was Kelly Mikulla of the Sussex Film Office. Kelly is the main point of contact for all potential projects in the region, including feature films, television, commercials, music videos or photoshoots. Kelly introduced the Sussex Film Office and discussed how writers, actors, crew etc can benefit.

Further details at:

The September meeting was also a Sussex Playwrights Writers’ night.

It was a pleasure to welcome guest writers from Brighton Theatre of the Air and Radio Playtime this month – both groups are currently developing short audio drama scripts for recording with professional actors, and online broadcast. We’ll bring news as the projects develop.

Writers also brought short pieces for reading and discussion on the night. Two snappy and entertaining shorts by Robert Cohen and Dave Patchett were read with gusto and discussed by the audience. Simon Jenner will be adding some thoughts on the pieces for the website shortly.

Diary and members’ news

Thomas Everchild and Philippa Hammond will be presenting their new show ‘The Stern Head Mystery’ at the Under Ground Theatre Eastbourne on Sunday Oct 8th. Details and tickets

Robert Cohen is presenting his three solo shows under the heading Men Without Friends at the Stroud Theatre Festival on Sept 29/30 and Oct 1st. Details and tickets

Writers are often actors, directors, theatre and film makers etc too. We’re joining the dots in the city, getting everyone talking and collaborating together.

For Actors: The Brighton Actors Networking Summer Meetup at Revival Cafe, George Street, Hove was a great success in September – we’ll be holding the Christmas meetup there on December 16th. News from the BANG Facebook Group later in the year. All welcome. Free – just buy your coffee and cake [your hot drink refill is half price].

For Film Makers: Shooters in the Pub Brighton film makers’ meetup 7.30pm Dukes at Komedia bar on the first Monday of every month. All welcome. Free – buy a drink if you like.

Next meeting dates

The dates for Sussex Playwrights meetings over the next year are: • 2017: 1 Oct; 5 Nov; 3 Dec • 2018: 7 Jan; 4 Feb; 4 Mar; 8 Apr; 6 May; 3 Jun; 1 Jul; 5 Aug

Club news: A reminder

After some time vacant, we have new names at the top of the letterhead.

New Honorary President William Nicholson

For many years Sussex Playwrights’ Honorary President was the late Sir Peter Shaffer. Sussex Playwrights welcome playwright, novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson as our new Honorary President. His latest film ‘Breathe,’ directed by Andy Serkis, is in cinemas from late October.

New Honorary Vice President Judy Upton

The title Honorary Vice President was previously held by the actor Paul Moriarty. The role is now accepted by SPC member, playwright, screenwriter Judy Upton.