Theatre by Numbers accepting submissions for script development project

Chosen Words is a project designed to support and develop new theatre writing in the North West. Workshops will take place in Preston but you don’t have to be based there to apply. 6 writers will be chosen to develop a first draft working towards a production ready script. With mentoring from award winning writer Rob Johnston and North West theatre director, Charlie Mortimer, the writers will develop their work in a supportive and professional process.

Project details: the writers’ and their first drafts will be led through a series of 3 main sessions:

Jun 2014           Each writer will have their script read  by professional performers and a director, after which the writer observes the investigation of the script by the team.

Aug 2014          After a further consultation with the writing mentor and director a bespoke workshop of the writers’ draft will be created using the skills of professional performers to assist.

Sep 2014         All writers involved will be invited to have a section of their script performed in a rehearsed reading at The Preston Tringe and to attend a panel discussion by industry professionals regarding current Best Practices of Working with New Writing at The Octagon, Bolton.  Chaired by Elizabeth Newman (Head of New Writing)

Jan 2015           All writers will have access to a final and third session to read have their re-drafted scripts and receive some final feedback on it at this point in the scripts’ existence.

Most of the sessions are negotiable to support the natural creative process of the writer and their requirements but the final deadline for all sessions to be completed is 31st Jan 2015.

The writers will also receive a bursary to assist the development of their script and involvement in the project.

How to apply: please send in a relevant CV and first draft of a one act play 50-65 pages approx (even if it may have the potential of becoming a two act play), a short statement about why you want to be involved in such a project.

The piece must be original, adaptations and modernisations would not be appropriate for the project.

All submissions should be sent to scripts@theatrebynumbers.co.uk or by post to 49 Railway Road, Brinscall, Chorley, PR6 8RD.

Deadline:  29th May 2014 with interviews taking place over 9th and 11th June 2014.

Source: Arts Jobs Board

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