News and Events
20 January 2010

Be Part of the Art with Naked Stage
Sunday, 24th January,
NOTE NEW TIME: 5 pm
Larkum Studio, ADC Theatre, Park St Cambridge
Tickets £5/4
Book free online: www.adctheatre.com
Box Office: 01223 300085

Five weeks of new work kick off this Sunday with a first evening of Naked Stage 2010 readings of new plays . The line-up includes comedy, comedy-drama and surreal new writing. This week's programme contains challenging material - not suitable for chldren. As always your views on the new work will be sought.  Book now - seats are very limited!

Dave and Norman
by Trish Rawson
Directed by Jenny Culank
Cast:
Dave: Paul Holloway
Mary: Sandra Birnie
Bob: Stephen von Schreiber

Dave's girlfriend has left him and his mum and dad are worried. Especially as they don't approve of his new friend.

Every Vote Counts
by Keith Large
Directed by Francesca Brown
Cast:
Adolf Grimster: Steve Kantor
Lucy Whitehouse: Clare Kerrison
Richard Almond: Colin Woodham

Lucy Whitehouse believes every vote is winnable as she spends the final hours of election night out canvassing for the new ‘Common Sense’ party.

Staying at Dr Brown's
by Ross Howard
Directed by Julia Bolden
Cast:
Miss Barrett: Genevieve Cleghorn
Dr. Brown: Vaughan Allanson

Robert Browning aficionado, Dr Brown, holds a student hostage in his basement, convinced that she's his Elizabeth Barrett. But Emma just won't play along and it's been four days now . . . or five, depending on who you believe. The power struggle is about to end.

Cuckoo (Act 2)
by Jean Rees-Lyons
Directed by Jean Rees-Lyons
Cast:
Deema: Francesca Brown
Zec: Heather Yeadon
Ruth: Rhonda Nicoll
Shade: Robert Jezek

Act One was seen in 2009. In Act Two, set in a virtual world, we find four characters in search of the song of the first cuckoo of spring.

WRiTEON Playgoing Group Meeting Cancelled
The WRiTEON Playgoing Group plan to attend
The Habit Of Art at the Arts Picturehouse has been cancelled as the show is sold out. If you have suggestions for future playgoing outings in Cambridge or elsewhere, please let organiser Richard Latham know at this address: richard@writeon.org.uk

WRiTEON Scriptreading Group
Next Meeting: Tuesday 26th January at 7.15pm
36a The Limes, Harston, Cambridgeshire CB22 7QT

The Scriptreading Group meets regularly to read and discuss scripts in progress. The atmosphere is casual and supportive. Anyone is welcome and new members attend regularly. At the last meeting, seven writers discussed the final scene of a member's now completed TV drama, a scene of a Radio sitcom pilot, a short sketch and the first 10 pages of each of two radio plays. If you would like to attend, please contact the organiser, Julia Bolden, at julia@writeon.org.uk.

Workshops

Acting and Directing for Film
Sunday, 7 February 2010
1-4 pm
Free
Venue TBC (Cambridge central)

Robert Jezek will be leading this workshop for the Cinecam filmmaker's group. Drawing on Robert's own experiences in the professional world, this workshop will cover a variety of themes, such as what does an actor need from a director, how much is the director's responsibility and how much does the actor need to prepare, and how to coax a good performance from an inexperienced actor. This free event is hosted by the Cinecam group, a group of film makers working here in Cambridge. Time permitting, the workshop will include some playing about with filming a short scene.

To book a place please contact Ian Lam (il233@cam.ac.uk). Places are limited. Robert is performing at Naked Stage that evening so class will be dismissed in plenty of time.

WRiTEON Improvisation Workshops
From 24 February 2010, 7.45-10 pm
Ross Street Community Centre
Ross Street, Cambridge (off Mill Road)
£9 per session

Our next series of comedy improvisation workshops will begin in February. These active, fun workshops are open to anyone - you do not have to be a WRiTEON member and experience is not required - just willingness to get up and perform! The workshops are led by members of The Scat Pack improvisation group and other invited leaders. Discounts are available for block booking.

To enrol, please contact organiser Michelle Golder: michelle@writeon.org.uk

Theatre Writers' Workshop with Menagerie
17-19 February, 2010
The Junction, Cambridge
FREE - Entry by application
Deadline for Applications: Monday 1st February, 9am

Are you a Theatre Writer in the East of England? Are you interested in working with one of the UK’s leading new writing companies? This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to us, meet fellow writers, have a masterclass workshop and write a short piece for a scratch reading.
 
Menagerie want to meet new and emerging writers prior to the selection of artists for the development of projects with BBC Radio in 2010 and the Hotbed Festival in 2011.

Schedule:
 
Wednesday 17th Feb: 11am-2pm: A masterclass playwriting workshop with Fraser Grace (
Breakfast With Mugabe - RSC, Gifts of War/Frobisher’s Gold - Menagerie).
 
Thursday 18th Feb: 11am-3pm: Work with Menagerie’s Artistic team to develop a short 5-10 minute piece for performance the next day.
 
Friday 19th Feb: 3pm-4pm: Reading of the scratch scripts by members of Menagerie’s acting ensemble.
 
This workshop is FREE but participation is by application only. There is a maximum of ten places available.

Application Details

Please send a CV and Cover Letter to Patrick Morris, Associate Artistic Director:  patrick@menagerie.uk.com   If your work is not known to Menagerie please provide an example ( no more than 20 pages please)
 
Participants will be selected on the following criteria:
                  1)      Ability to articulate a clear need for involvement in the workshop
                  2)      Quality of CV
                  3)      Living and/or working in the East of England.
                 
More details: www.menagerie.uk.com
      
Writing Opportunities

Newsjack Seeks Comedy Material
Deadline for sketches: Mondays, 12:00noon
Deadline for one-liners: Tuesdays, 5:00pm

Topical comedy sketch show Newsjack returns for a second six week run on BBC Radio 7 from 7 January 2010, and they're once again holding an open call for new material.

Newsjack seeks to comically scrutinise the news, views, and issues of the day. It aims to be irreverent and satirical, a kind of younger brother to the more "grown up" Radio 4 topical shows like The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Newsjack is a showcase for new comedy writing, so anyone can submit material.

The production team read and select material on Monday and Tuesdays. The show is then rehearsed and recorded on Wednesday, edited on Thursday, and broadcast on Thursday nights. For more information, including how to submit, visit the website.

Big Finish Seeking New Writers for Dr Who
Deadline: 1 February 2010

Big Finish make original audio adventures, including Doctor Who. They're asking new writers to pitch ideas for a one-off, 25-minute Fifth Doctor and Nyssa audio adventure, which they hope will make up one of four single-episode stories comprising a future Doctor Who release.

Any prospective writer whose proposal interests them sufficiently may be invited to develop their proposal further, and anyone whose idea enters production will be offered a standard Big Finish writer’s contract.

For more information and to apply, click here to visit the Big Finish website.

Call for Short Play Submissions, Eyebrow Productions
Closes: Friday 5 February 2010

Eyebrow Productions is seeking short plays (five to 15 minutes) for a night of new writing to take place at RADA on Monday 8 March. This comes after the success of the sold-out WriteBites at RADA in November, which premiered nine new short plays from writers in the UK as well as America and Europe.

The deadline for script submissions for the March event is 5 February (but we will continue to accept scripts after this date for future events).

All scripts submitted should be typed on single-side A4 and be accompanied by a covering letter. Plays should be between 5 and 15 minutes long.

Eyebrow Productions is a young, vibrant theatre company based in London. As well as producing shows in Bristol, Edinburgh and Oxford, the company is most well known for Showtime Challenge - an ambitious attempt to stage and rehearse a full-scale West End production in just 48 hours with all proceeds going to charity. Previous Showtime productions have included Sweet Charity at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and Me And My Girl and Crazy For You at the London Palladium. Eyebrow’s innovative approach to theatre has been recognised and supported by a number of high-profile figures, including Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Gail Porter, Mel Smith and Mel Giedroyc.

For further details about script submissions and more information about Eyebrow Productions, please visit the WriteTime website.

Please send submissions to:

WriteTime, 92 Cromwell Tower, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DD

Or email scripts as a PDF to Amy Abrahams: info@eyebrowproductions.co.uk

Acting Opportunities

Actor/Musician Wanted, Magic Book Theatre
No Deadline Provided
London, Paid (not-equity)
  

Magic Book Theatre are looking for a versatile actor/puppeteer who can play the cello for a children's theatre performance  on April 4th 2010 at the Blue Elephant Theatre. The show will then be included in the Magic Book Theatre repertoire of shows for primary schools and theatres around London.  Rehearsals 29th March till 3rd April. Payment initially expenses only but all performances thereafter will paid at £80 per show.

Please contact Michele Petit-Jean on 07739 570 403 or email info@michelepetitjean.com

www.magicbooktheatre.co.uk

Actors Needed for Webseries, Marmalade Productions
Closes: Friday 22 January 2010, 6 pm
London based,  Unpaid
 

Marmalade Productions are currently casting for a new six part webseries.

The Syndicate centres around an unusual family of serial killers. Nathan, Celia, Neil and Zoe were all troubled children, fostered by Jill who was able to teach them how to control and channel their passion for killing so that they were able to grow up to live well adjusted adult lives. Now scattered around cities across the UK, they have become accomplished serial killers.

When Nathan meets Kyle, young, inexperienced and eager to learn the business, he agrees to take Kyle under his wing and pass on Jill’s teachings.

But is Kyle all he appears to be? And how far will he go to become part of ‘the syndicate’?

Filming runs from 15th February to 25th March in London, with a possible location shoot outside London, still to be confirmed.

Currently casting for the following roles:

Kyle: Lead role - male - early-mid 20s, any ethnicity. Seemingly naïve, Kyle hides a dark side.

Jill: Supporting role - female - mid-late 60s, any ethnicity. A retired serial killer and the perfect grandma. Caring and family orientated.

Jake: Small role - male - mid-late 30s, white. Celia’s husband and a loving father to their two children. Knows nothing of Celia’s ‘other life’.

Jamie: Minor role - male - mid 20s, white. Nathan’s biological brother. Very upbeat and a joker.

This is a lo/no budget production. Cast and crew will receive a dvd copy, food and basic expenses, along with a percentage of any profits made from the production in perpetuity.

Please send cvs and headshots by email to Victoria Howell: vickymhowell@yahoo.co.uk. Please ensure small file sizes for attachments.

Auditions will be held from Monday 25th January.

Two Actors Wanted for Vocal Crossing at King's Place
Closes Friday 29 January 2010
London,  Paid, One off Fee - £40

Two male actors (preferably blond hair/tall/thin/"angelic" facial features) wanted for a short performance to accompany vocalists and musicians at the end of the show.

No script involved and just one rehearsal on the day of the show.

You will have to be available from 1.30pm on the 1st of February for short rehearsal, and then from 7pm to be ready for the show starting at 8pm.

If interested, please send CV and headshot to Olivier Pierre: oloverdaplace@gmail.com

For more details about the show, visit the website.

Community News

A Day of Shakespeare with the Marlowe Society
Thursday, 18 February, 2010
Cambridge Arts Theatre

The Marlowe Society invites WRiTEON subscribers to take part in a day of talks surrounding a matinee performance of their new production of Twelfth Night at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

In the flood-damaged corridors of Illyria, ten disparate people struggle to stay afloat in the dark, turbulent waters of the human heart. Shakespeare's stark, brilliant comedy of survival, loss and the cruelty of love is among the most haunting of all the playwright's masterpieces. The play is given a fresh new look by the Marlowe Society, a society with a century long tradition of performing Shakespeare which still strives to create exciting interpretations of his work.

Alongside the production, the society is offering two free talks which take place before and after the matinee performance on Thursday, 18 February. The day will run as follows:

The talks are free with the price of a ticket for the afternoon performance.

Contact Sarah Bartley for more information or to book a place: sb649@cam.ac.uk

The Scat Pack Present: Lights! Camera! Improvise!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Canal Cafe Theatre
Delamere Terrace, Little Venice
Tickets: £8.50 (£7.50 Concession)
Book online at: http://www.canalcafetheatre.com
or by phone on: 0207 289 6054

Oscar has every movie ever made... Oscar has every movie you could even dream of. Join Oscar in his cosy home cinema to watch another never before seen and never to be seen again classic, created entirely from your ideas. You can tell him what kind of film you want to watch, what it's about, where it's set, what awards it has won and even make up its title and he’ll manage to dig out the tape!

The Scat Pack’s team of electrifying improvisers weave a new, magical motion picture, live every night, complete with special effects sequences, musical numbers and a live movie score.