S&Co Scratch Nights

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT - AT YOUR PLACE!

JANUARY 2021's THEME WAS 'HEALTH / WEALTH' 

Submissions are now CLOSED and winners are listed below!

Their work will be performed live at our online Scratch Night  on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Subscribers always get early notice of the theme, and you must SUBSCRIBE to enter or attend

This time we were looking for screenplays and plays of up to 12 pages, where writers could choose one or both topics (incorporated into one script).
 
We welcome entries from playwrights and screenwriters anywhere in the world. The prize? A coveted Scriptwriters & Co laurel, natch, and the pleasure of hearing their script read aloud by auditioned S&Co Actors at the online Scratch Night, then workshopped by supportive audience members - within one to three weeks of entering! Winners will be emailed by 15 January, then announced on Facebook and below. We don't send out rejections - who likes those?
 
You'll doubtless be pleased to know that submissions are still free, though donations are really appreciated. 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
  • appropriate for the stated page count, and with no more than eight speaking characters
  • in PDF format, with its title and your name in the file name, such as: 'The Script by Al Anon'.

Also make sure you have:

  • subscribed to our mailing list
  • proof-read your work so it's free of spelling errors and other typos
  • stated, on the cover, whether your piece is for stage, TV, film, radio or other medium, and whether it's an excerpt or complete piece
  • not submitted more than one piece
  • not included a synopsis or 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. 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 where appropriate) if your script is chosen. 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 no later than 12 noon on 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 (who likes getting them?), so if you don't hear from us by that date, unfortunately your submission was not successful on this occasion. Good luck!

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED !  (That big yellow type on the left leads to your email program, with our address in the 'To' field!)

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

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

Listening to your work is the best way of finding out what sings in tune and what's gone flat, as our actors demonstrate their superb sight-reading skills. Whether online or live, S&Co's Scratch Nights allow you to hear your script or screenplay read aloud by our multi-talented S&Co Actors, then workshopped by supportive audience members.

Sometimes we might look for shorts; the next month we may do 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

JANUARY WINNERS

RUNNING ORDER/ CAST

WHITE MEAT by Daniel Eagleton

Sinead (Rosie), Barry (Michael). SDs read by Jacqs.

THE ALIBI by David Chrzanowski

Schultz (David C), Jo (Rhiannon), Franco (David B), Jennifer (Laura), Son (Ryan), Dad (Al), Vendor (Candice). SDs read by Rebecca.

NO PARKING FIRE HYDRANT by Russell Simpson

Woman (Lily), Officer (Candice). SDs read by Laura.

LIONHEART by Louis Catliff

Frank (Philip), Leon (Ryan). SDs read by Al.

INTERVAL

A MOTHER'S LOVE by Sangeetha Veluru

Avery (Rhiannon), Man (Michael), Ruth (Jacqs), Sophie (Rosie), Dr Michelson (Rebecca). SDs read by Candice.

COME WHAT MAY by Lee Miles

Duncan (Alex), Mac (Al). SDs read by David C.

THE CHANGING ROOM by Chloe Perrin

Viv (Rebecca), Elle (Laura). SDs read by Rosie.

MANHATTANS IN MONTCLAIR by Madeline Daly Puccioni

Steele (Philip), Risa (Suzanna). SDs read by David B.

 

VERY HONOURABLE MENTION

YOUNG FOREVER by Emma-Louise Howell

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

AMONGST THE SCRAPHEAP by Henry Hudson

ARNOLD'S CHOICE by Mark Cainen

BLOB by Christie Heaven

EQUIPT AT LAST by Will Jarvis

HELGA GOES BATS by Rex McGregor

HER by Tom Harvey

INTO THE NIGHT by Oliver Bridges

MAD DOGS FOR ENGLISHMEN by Joe Dury

NEEDS by Pooja Sharma