Scratch Nights and Events

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT - AT YOUR PLACE!

 

NEXT SCRATCH NIGHT: MONDAY 19 APRIL 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 APRIL THEME IS: THE LAST SUPPER

Submissions are now CLOSED.  Winners' work will be performed 'live' at our online S&Co Scratch Night at 7pm (GMT) on Monday 19 April. 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 or attend. 

This month we were looking for 7-10 pages. How you interpret our themes is entirely your choice - but there does need to 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 supportive audience members - within one to three weeks of entering! 

We acknowledge receipt of all entries, so if you don't receive an email, we haven't received your submission.  Winners are informed by email, and will be announced on social media and below. We don't send out rejections - who likes those? It's free to submit, though donations are really appreciated. Strongly encouraged, in fact! However, winners are asked to contribute £15 each to help sustain the competition.
 
More dates for your diary?  Further S&Co Scratch Nights will be held on  Wednesday 19 May; Tuesday 15 June and  Monday 12 July 2021. Please  note: entry to each online event is limited to the first 100 people who join us.
 
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, such as: 'A Wondrous Work by Al Anon'.

Also make sure you have:

  • 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 other 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. 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 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. 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!

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 Suzanna Cardash and Alex Hollister - repped by Zero Gravity Management in LA - assess every submission very carefully, assisted by our intern Zizz Miranda and other readers. 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 - SUZANNA 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

 

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

 

FLAMING NUNS – VICKY ELLIS           

Abbess Judy (Elizabeth), Sister Emmental (Rosie), Sister Tina (Jaqs), Sister Agatha (Suzanna), Sister Johanna (Lily), Sister Petra (Laura). SDs read by Rebecca.

EAVESDROP – MICHAEL KERBY

Voice (Candice), The Man (David C), Detective (Michael). SDs read by Ryan.

CHUG – CHERYL LAUGHLIN

Paul Schaffer (David B), Soda Worker (Lily), Driver (Matt), Missing Woman (Rosie), Tired Woman (Laura). SDs read by Liz.

SUPPER CLUB – JOHN ARMSTRONG

Chantelle (Rebecca), Charity Collector (Michael), Alan (David C), Mr Johnson (Al), Mrs Johnson (Jacqs). SDs read by Matt.

OUT OF THIS WORLD – ALEXANDER BUTTER

Stephen (Alex), Billy (Ryan), Darla (Lily), Waitress (Elizabeth), Chef (David C), Trucker (Matt). SDs read by Suzanna.

THE LAST CURRY – JAMES A ALLEN

Jesus (David B), Andrew (Michael), Judas (David C), Little James (Alex), Peter (Al), John (Matt), Bryan (Laura), Simon (Ryan). SDs read by Laura.

BREAK (5 mins)

THE LAST SUPPER – KATHARINE COWELL

Treacle (Rosie), Bex (Rebecca), Jonny (David B), Ace (Michael), Anastasia (Laura). No SDs.

LAST ORDERS – CAROLYN BELL

Al (Matt), Zachary (Ryan). SDs read by Alex.

SUPPER AT MAUREEN'S – ALEX FISHER

George (Michael), Maureen (Rosie), Louise (Lily). SDs read by David C.

EGGS IS EGGS – NILGIN YUSUF

Jean (Suzanna), Albert (Al), Funeral Director (Matt). SDs read by Candice.

 

SPECIAL HONOURABLE MENTIONS

(These won't be performed)

Shootin' the Last Breeze – Robbie Tyler

The Day Before – Joshua Wright

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

(These won't be performed )

Eggs Many Baskets One – Anthony Ali

I'm very happy for You – Rob Norris

Judas – Neil Rathmell

Medium Rare – Charles Prelle

The Last Supper – Nathan Udy

The Pigs know what I did – Angie Loveday

Washing on a Sunday! – Molly Townsend

 

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!