Now in its sixth year, the 2013 Pint-Sized Plays competition is open for submissions. As before, plays should be between 5 and 10 minutes long, with two to three characters and able to be performed in a pub with only the furniture available in the bar area and any props as can be carried in. That doesn’t mean the play has to be set in a pub, just that it should be capable of being staged in one, i.e. no lighting, blackouts and scenery.
This year there will be six winners and four runners up, to be performed in pubs in Pembrokeshire starting Tenby Festival Week and then all ten plays will compete at the Script Slam (where the audience vote for their favourite) held at 4U theatre in Fishguard. Winning scripts will also be considered to be included in a published anthology of scripts.
What to submit: A script of between 5 and 10 minutes capable of being staged in a pub. Scripts should require two or three characters only with minimal additional props.
Writers are also required to provide a synopsis of 500 characters or fewer.
How to apply: Scripts should be in Word or PDF format and uploaded to www.pintsizedplays.org.uk. A full list of rules can be found here.
Plays may also be submitted by post with an entry form down loaded from the website which gives the name of the author, contact details and the name of the play, accompanied by a cheque for £5.50 made payable to ‘Pint-sized Plays’. Payment in other currencies cannot be accepted.
What you pay: Entry fee £5.50, payable online through Paypal.
Winning plays in past years have also been requested to be performed by other companies in other locations after the Pint-sized Plays festival has ended. Subject to the author’s approval, Pint-sized Plays will, if so required, act as agents for such performances and collect and pay a royalty for each play so performed.
What you get: There will be six winning scripts which will be performed in pubs in Tenby, Pembrokeshire during Tenby Festival week, and subsequently at other venues yet to be announced. The four runners up, at the organisers discretion, might also play in pubs in advance of the Script Slam.
The six winning scripts and four runners up will also be performed at the Script Slam on September 28. The scripts will be judged by the audience and there will be two prizes: for Best Script and Runner Up, together with a certificate for the third place. The performances will also be judged by a professional theatre director and awards made for the best performances.
Deadline: 31 May 2013