Cambridge Ghost Writers

WRiTEON’s

Cambridge Ghost Writers

Three new ghost stories to be performed

In the Corpus Playroom

7th – 11th December 2021

WRiTEON are currently working with 24 writers to collaborate on our latest fully-staged production. The participants have received a full day workshop on the horror genre from an industry professional, a stimulus workshop, and will receive a reading from actors halfway through the writing process. Three scripts will then be selected to feature in a new production to be developed, rehearsed and performed at the Corpus Playroom.

 

The development process consists of six stages:

 

  1. The Weekend Workshops

We hosted a weekend that consisted of two days of workshops (delivered over Zoom) that gave our writers all the tools they needed to write the stories for the play.

Saturday 29th May – The Horror Workshop 9.30am – 5.30pm

This was a full-day workshop on writing horror led by Ian Long, a professional writer who teaches for Euroscript:

http://www.euroscript.co.uk/ian-long-cv.html

 

Sunday 30th May – Stimulus Workshop 2pm – 5pm

Existing Cambridge Ghost Stories

We looked at existing ghost stories from Cambridge, which they may use as inspiration.

Outlining the Process

We outlined the process going forward and the limitations the writers need to take into consideration when writing.

Technical Overview

We gave a presentation about what is possible technically in the Playroom, i.e. in terms of sound, lighting, set, special effects etc.

 

  1. The First Writing Stage

 

The writers have a little over a month to write the first draft of their short ghost story. 

 

  1. The Readings

 

We will have a private reading of all the scripts to help the writers see what is and isn’t working about their story.

 

  1. Editing Stage

 

The writers will then have about one month to polish their script based on what they learned from the readings.

 

  1. Selection Stage

 

A small panel of WRiTEON readers will then read all the final scripts that have been submitted and select three to feature in the final performance. Selection will be based both on quality and how the three scripts may compliment each other (i.e. no repetition and a good mixture of ages & genders in the characters).

 

  1. Rehearsals and Performance

 

The play will then be cast and rehearsed over two months. Richard McNally (Seven Words for Love, Butterfly Effect, Blood Music) will direct the production.  The production will be fully-staged i.e. lines learnt with full set, props & costumes.

 

How to Take Part

 

If you are interested in participating as an actor or behind the scenes then please send an email to:

ghostwriters@writeon.org.uk