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12 September 2011

Wright and HillNew 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 'enlightenment'.

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 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 to receive the discount code before booking.
For further information, contact

Improv group by 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.
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Beginners Improv
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 to book your place or ask questions.

NB: Clare also runs a Tuesday Troupe night for experienced improvisors. Please contact her directly at to find out more.

Naked Stage imageNaked 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 length).

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 A performance CV and headshot are useful if possible.

Writing Opportunities
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 screens.

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 get noticed!

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 consideration!

Submission deadlines:
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

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 21 July.

Full details and rules of entry for this competition can be found on the websites and
Deadline: Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Acting Opportunities
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 production.

Angela is a an experienced writer who founded the company Metafizz, which took its production Voices to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, where one reviewer called it "Wholesome, weird, yet irresistibly heartwarming" (

For more information or to request the script please email Angela at
Community Notices
Pleasant Danger Productions present
Real Dracula
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

BOOKING: Book free online 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

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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