Scratch Nights and Events

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HOT NEWS! NEW S&CO SCRIPTWRITING TOOLKIT COURSE

STARTS SEPTEMBER 2021!

 

NEXT S&CO SCRATCH NIGHT: TUESDAY 15 JUNE 2021

(also see the Scriptwriters & Co International Festival)

"The whole thing is a miracle of technology and collaborative talent. I really enjoy the range of work, so many twists and turns, such great story-telling and performances. Thanks for being so friendly and welcoming to newbies like myself and for all the really helpful and constructive comments. This monthly event is one great thing that has come about as a result of lockdown." - Nilgin Yusuf, Scriptwriter/Journalist

OUR JUNE THEME IS: THE TRIP

This month, we were looking for 6-10 pages - audio, stage or screenplays. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you, though there must be a clear link. The prize? A coveted Scriptwriters & Co laurel, natch, and the pleasure of hearing your script read aloud by our auditioned S&Co Actors, then workshopped by our judges and supportive audience members - within one to three weeks of entering!

It's free to submit. However, winners are asked to contribute £15 each to help sustain the competition, and all other contributions are really appreciated to help keep us running the competition. Strongly encouraged, in fact! PLEASE read the terms below. Sadly, every month we have to disqualify scripts that don't comply.

THEMES, RULES & ELIGIBILITY

Your script must be: 

  • in English
  • relevant to the theme
  • formatted to industry standards, or so it's an easy read for us and our actors - the BBC offers some handy downloads
  • devoid of  watermarks (professionals don't do this and - trust us! - we have zero interest in copying your work)
  • appropriate for the stated page count (which doesn't include the cover or, in plays, cast details), with no more than eight speaking characters
  • in PDF format, with its title and your name in the file name AND on the title page, such as: 'A Wondrous Work by Al Anon'.

Also make sure you've:

  • subscribed to our mailing list
  • understood that winners contribute a nominal £15 to have their work read and help sustain the competition
  • proof-read your work so it's free of spelling errors and typos
  • stated, on the title page, whether your piece is for stage, TV, film, radio or other medium
  • not submitted more than one piece
  • not included a synopsis or any notes - readers will not see your email and only receive the script.

Terms: You must subscribe to our newletter to be eligible to enter and/or attend, since this is where we provide key information and the Zoom link to the event. Maximum of one entry per person each month, and writers may win up to four times in one year. Monologues are accepted. Writers must be over 18. Copyright of all work submitted remains the writer's. Entries received after the deadline or with inappropriate page counts will not be read. Failure to follow the rules may result in disqualification. By submitting your work you agree to be present at the appropriate scratch night on Zoom if your script is chosen, and agree to contribute £15 to have your work read and help sustain the competition. Entry to each online event is limited to the first 100 people who join us. By entering or attending S&Co events you acknowledge that we reserve the right to publish images of attendees, or feedback received, in or on our website, emails or publicity. Successful scriptwriters will be informed by the prescribed date each month and must confirm that they will attend within 24 hours, or their slot may be offered to someone else. We do not send rejection emails so if you don't hear from us by that date, your submission was not successful. Good luck!

Winners' work will be performed 'live' at the online S&Co Scratch Night at 7pm (BST) on Tuesday 15 June. We welcome entries from playwrights and screenwriters anywhere in the world, though scripts must be in English.  Subscribers get early notice of all events, and you must subscribe to submit to enter or attend.

We acknowledge receipt of all entries, so if you don't receive a confirmation email, we haven't received your submission.  Winners are  also  informed by email, and will then be announced on social media and below. We don't send out rejections - who likes those?

Next date for your diary?  July's S&Co Scratch Night is on Tuesday 13 July 2021

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

If you subscribe to our newletters you'll always find out about themes and events in advance, so even if you're not entering this time, do sign up.

The success of our online events means Scriptwriters & Co will continue to host S&Co Scratch Nights and Zoom readings online, even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, making location no bar to joining us. When the pandemic is over, social events are likely to take place at The Huntsman in Bath, near Bristol, in the south west of the UK.

Listening to your work is the best way of finding out what sings in tune and what's gone flat. Whether online or live, S&Co's Scratch Nights allow you to hear your script or screenplay performed, script-in-hand, by our multi-talented S&Co Actors, then workshopped by supportive audience members.

Sometimes we might look for shorts on  a theme; the next month we may ask for something wackier to stir things up a little. Either way, if yours gets the green light we'll let you know in advance, and invite you to introduce it at the event. After the reading you can look forward to rapturous applause (of course!) followed by constructive, moderated debate in a safe environment. We're all on your side.

Each of us benefits from exposure to great new writing, and by formulating and listening to comments, critiques and suggestions. It helps us improve our own work. Writers and actors alike should treat it like a pitch or audition, because you never know who might be listening. You could get commissioned or cast.

Award-winning scriptwriters Zanna Cardash and Alex Hollister - repped by Zero Gravity Management in LA - assess submissions very carefully, assisted by readers Helen Tompson and Ella Crowsley. Please don't be disheartened if yours isn't chosen, or leap to the conclusion that it isn't engaging or well-written. Decisions won't just be based on talent, but to offer the audience variety. Even if you don't enter, our newletters tell you themes and event dates in advance, so please sign up!

THE S&CO ACTORS COMPANY

MATT NATION - ROSIE CLOSS - AL BRUNKER - ZANNA CARDASH - DAVID COLE - REBECCA PARR - ALEX STABLER - JACQS GRAHAM - MICHAEL BRAND - JOHANNA THEA - DAVID BECK - LILY MARYON - RYAN SETT - LAURA CORRADI - RHIANNON SKERRITT - PHILIP SHERLOCK - CANDICE CLARKE - RHYS OWEN - ELIZABETH HAMMOND - HOLLY BODIMEADE

 

MAY's S&Co SCRATCH NIGHT WINNERS, PROGRAMME AND CAST LIST

 

RE NU by LAUREL GREEN

Byron (Alex), Donna (Jacqs), Manager (Rhys). SDs: David

I WOULDN'T TOUCH THAT by MEIK V. FISCHER

Alfie (Holly), Lia (Lily), Alison (Elizabeth). SDs: Matt

MORTAL COILS by PETE TALMAN

Diana (Rebecca), Kevin (Matt). SDs: Jacqs

G24 by MARK SULLIVAN

Jimmy (David C), Sarah (Laura), Man 1 (Michael), Man 2 (Rhys), Jo-Beth (Lily). SDs: Candice

INTERVAL (5 MINS)

HIDE AND SEEK by TOM MAXTED

Dad (Rhys),  Olive (Holly), Lisa (Jaqs), Mum (Zanna). SDs: Lily

AND? by MOLLY ULM

Jessica (Candice), Constable (David C), Hal (Rhys). SDs: Michael

PALE BLUE by CAROLYN BELL

Ailsa (Laura), Shannon (Rebecca). SDs: Holly

NEW LIFE IN THE OLD DOG by ALICE HERVE

Sharon (Jacqs). SDs: Zanna

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

(In alphabetical order of title)

CLEM’S FURY by Vicky Ellis

MAC by Sally Wilden

MOVING ON by Tony Vale

OXBOW by Arthur Hofn

PEST CONTROL by Robin Cantwell

SCOTCH BONNETS by Madeline Puccioni

WRESTLING WITH FOG by David Yaffey

 

S&Co CHATS

Our online interviews with live Q&As are free to attend, with links sent in our newsletter. The next one will will be announced soon!