|WRiTEON News and Events
12 September 2011
New Workshop - Introduction to Sitcom Writing
Producers Declan Hill and Simon Wright launched The Sitcom Mission
in 2008 as a launchpad for writers, actors and directors seeking to
enter the sitcom world. This year, the competition was in collaboration
with Hat Trick Productions (the independent TV company responsible for Outnumbered, Have I Got News For You, Father Ted and Episodes).
Simon & Declan read all 1,200+ submissions and staged a showcase of
the chosen eight in a London theatre, with the overall winner going on
to be commissioned by Hat Trick.
Now Declan and Simon are coming to Cambridge for this one day WRiTEON
workshop, made possible by the assistance of the ADC Theatre.
Do you have an idea for a sitcom, but don't know how to go about writing it?
Have you written a first episode, but it just doesn't feel right?
In this entry-level course you'll learn how to construct a central
character with flaws which facilitate comedy plots, build other
characters around them and create a story arc from 'fall of man' to
Only 16 spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment.
WHEN: Sunday, October 16 · 10:00am - 6:00pm
WHERE: ADC Theatre Bar, Park Street, Cambridge
HOW MUCH: £37 (full price)/£33 (paid up WRiTEON Members and concession)
BOOKING: Book free online www.adctheatre.com or box office 01223 300085 (Opens this week)
IMPORTANT: Paid up WRiTEON members wishing to book at the
discounted rate need to e-mail their 2011/2012 membership number to
email@example.com to receive the discount code before booking.
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Improv Courses Start This Week
A few spaces are still available in WRiTEON's Improvisation
Courses. Improvisation is not only loads of fun, it has been shown
to increase confidence and peformance in a variety of situations,
including auditions and job interviews. This recent article How Improv Can Help You Improve gives an excellent idea of what an improv class is like and how it can help you.
The courses are led by Clare Kerrison, who has an Advanced Diploma in
Performance Art from NASDA and has been improvising for over ten years,
mostly with the Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) where she played
her way up to trainer, coordinator and creative director.
Photo by www.distantcloud.co.uk
Dates: Wednesdays, 14 September - 2 November, 8:00-10:00pm
Location: Ross Street Community Centre
75 Ross St, Cambridge CB1 3UZ
Price: £70 full /£50 concession
For those who've never done it before or have forgotten everything they once knew...about improvising.
Improv Improvers (Level 2)
Dates: Mondays, 12 September - 14 November, 8:00-10:00pm
Location: Ross Street Community Centre
75 Ross St, Cambridge CB1 3UZ
Price: £70 full /£50 concession
Suitable for anyone who has been through Improv for Beginners with
WRiTEON (or equivalent elsewhere). Previous grads are welcome and
encouraged to take Improv for Improvers over again. The final lesson is a
class perfromance to friends and family (performance venue TBC)
Places limted to 12 per course.
Please email Clare at email@example.com to book your place or ask questions.
NB: Clare also runs a Tuesday Troupe night for experienced improvisors. Please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Naked Stage Deadline This Friday
Submissions Deadline: Midnight, Friday, 16 September 2011
There are just 5 days to go to get your script in to Naked Stage,
WRiTEON's annual festival of new writing for the stage (and this year,
radio!) Naked Stage is a series of staged, rehearsed readings of new
scripts. For 2011 we are looking for previously unperformed scripts in
any genre, including shorts and comedy sketches, for up to five actors.
Writers are welcomed to the reharsal, and readings are followed by
audience feedback if desired.
Performaces will take place on Sundays from 23 October through 20 November, 7pm - 9.30 pm.
The full submission guidelines, selection criteria and submission form are available HERE on the WRiTEON Website.
WRiTEON performances do sell out. To book tickets for any performance, visit the ADC Theatre WEBSITE.
Poster Photo, from Best of Naked Stage 2008, by Carl Fletcher
Naked Stage Casting Session
With 50 or more readings every year, WRiTEON is always looking for new
acting - and directing! - talent of all ages and types. While we are not
able to pay actors at this time, working with us provides a valuable
credit for your CV, experience of lightly rehearsed readings, public
exposure, and networking in Cambridge, all for a relatively easy time
commitment (2-4 evening rehearsals + performance, depending on script
This season's Casting Session will take place 2 October 2011 at 2 pm at
Ross Street Community Centre, off Mill Road, Cambridge. At the session,
all attendees are given an opportunity to read from a variety of
scripts. It is not necessary to prepare an audition piece.
If you have acted for WRiTEON in the past and are interested in in
performing again this season, but cannot attend this session, don't
despair, just let us know!
To register for the casting, please contact the casting co-ordinator,
Julia Bolden, at email@example.com. A performance CV and headshot
are useful if possible.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum Call for Scripts
Three emerging screenwriters will participate in a BAFTA Rocliffe New
Writing Forum with five-time BAFTA-winning writer/director Peter
Kosminsky at BAFTA Headquarters on 8 November 2011. With credits
including The Promise, Britz and The Government Inspector, Kosminsky is a
true expert in bringing gritty, poignant and believable drama to our
Every script extract is read by a panel of established industry members
made up of producers, script developers, directors, literary agents,
actors who are looking for new writing talent. It's a fantastic way to
This event has now become the must-attend event for industry looking to
discover the next new writing talent and is attended by agents,
development execs and producers. Submit your ten minute extract for
Early Bird Closing Date: 23 September 2011, with an entry fee of £5.00.
Final Closing Date: 6 October 2011, with an entry fee of £10.00.
For full information or to download the submission form, go to www.rocliffe.com.
LOST Theatre 5 Minute Festival
Submissions are now open for this popular London festival. They are
looking for submissions from young/emerging/newcomer playwrights, poets,
spoken word artists, comedians, actors (who write their own material),
dancers and performance artists.
The annual festival takes place at the LOST Theatre in London in
December. This year they've added an extra layer of competition - there
will be prizes, audience votes and a panel of judges.
Deadline for receipt of entries: Monday 10th October
For more information go to the LOST Theatre WEBSITE.
10-Minute Play Competition 2012
Following the success of the 10-Minute Play Competition in 2010, New
Venture Theatre and Sussex Playwrights have joined forces again, and
announce their 10-Minute Play Competition 2012. Submissions are now
open; the closing deadline is 31 January 2012. There is a £5 entry fee
for all submissions and any writer is limited to submitting a maximum of
3 plays. Submissions are welcomed from anyone and anywhere.
A shortlist of up to 8 plays will be selected for production by the New
Venture Theatre for 7 performances between 14 & 21 July 2012. After
each performance the audience will have the opportunity to vote on their
preferred plays, this will result in an overall winner of the
competition, which will be announced after the performance on Saturday
Full details and rules of entry for this competition can be found on the
websites www.newventure.org.uk and www.sussexplaywrights.com.
Deadline: Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Opportunity for Mature Actress
WRiTEON member Angela Howard is looking for an actress to develop a one-woman play with her. Not Going Quietly
is a black comedy which runs for roughly 60 minutes. A version of it
was performed for the first time at WRiTEON's MAD festival some years
ago and was very positively received.
The character is the outrageous and imperious Mabel Fawcett Dodds, a
County Lady, who is in a retirement home but still running the lives of
the next generation back at The Towers (The Family Seat) and also trying
to run the retirement home to her taste, or at least put large spanners
into the works! (Think Stephanie Cole in Waiting for God
and P.G. Wodehouse’s more horrific Aunts.)
Actress would need to have good comic timing and be able to play a
character in her late 70s or early 80s, with a plummy accent and a
steely gaze. She needs to be a fine figure of a woman or capable of
padding up to become one - the part (as written) is not for sylphs! She
would need enthusiasm and the time to take the project forward to
Angela is a an experienced writer who founded the company Metafizz
, which took its production Voices
the Edinburgh Fringe this year, where one reviewer called it
"Wholesome, weird, yet irresistibly heartwarming" (edfringereview.com).
For more information or to request the script please email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pleasant Danger Productions present
This exciting new play, inspired by true events, was written by WRiTEON
members David Geasor and Paul Holloway. It debuts at the ADC Theatre
from 20-24 Sept, with two added performances on Fri 30 Sept and Sat 1
Oct. A haunting love story from a land where vampires are more than just
myth, from the creators of last year's Wilde in New York
. For more info, please visit www.PleasantDanger.com
BOOKING: Book free online www.adctheatre.com or box office 01223 300085
Classworks Professional Touring Theatre Company in association with Cambridgeshire Film Consortium present
The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz
Award winning East Anglian playwright Craig Baxter’s adaptation of a
novel by Spanish writer Almudena Solana is brought to life by
award-winning company CLASSWORKS Theatre.
20 year old Aurora Ortiz, recently widowed, is looking for her first
job. But when your life hasn't really got started yet, what do you put
on the CV?
This funny and touching production blends vibrant ensemble theatre with
film from up-and-coming young Cambridge-based filmmaker Ryd Cook (My 60 Second Documentary About The Stuff What Is In This Room
Don't miss the opportunity to see the production here in Cambridge where it premieres ahead of a UK wide tour.
WHEN: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October, 7.30pm
WHERE: Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University.
HOW MUCH: £11.50, (£8.50 Concessions)
BOOKING: Online or box office 0845 1962320.
Pursued by a Bear Productions in association with BT Studio, Oxford Playhouse present
In the Woods by the Lake
A world premiere of this new play in eight parts by WRiTEON's patron, Fraser Grace, award-winning author of Breakfast with Mugabe, The Lifesavers
and King David: Man of Blood.
A provocative new drama about Mikhail Kalashnikov: inventor of the world-famous AK47 assault rifle and a decorated Soviet hero.
In the dark woods of a fairy tale Russian landscape, a young journalist
seeks out the legendary Kalashnikov in his remote dacha. At first the
stranger is welcomed by the General and his protective daughter but as
night falls and the vodka flows, truths are revealed and events are
triggered that no one can control.
The play begins its UK tour in Oxford on 6 October. Cambridge dates
below. For further information including all tour locations, visit www.pursuedbyabear.co.uk
WHEN: October 31st: 7.30pm
WHERE: The Robinson Theatre at Hills Road College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PE
HOW MUCH: £12/£8
BOOKING: Box office: 01223 278049
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