Submissions

Short Cuts – Sunday 4th October 2020

Submissions are now OPEN for our showpiece event, from writers based in and around Salisbury. Five or six plays will be selected for the event and will be performed by professional actors.

Given the current situation with Pubs and Theatre venues due to Covid 19, we will be holding a single day of events this year, possibly filmed or performed on social media or maybe live but socially-distanced. Please consider the restrictions we may have and use them to inspire your work rather than hamper it. What about a short radio play or a play that uses Zoom, Skype or FaceTime as its form?

The brief

  • We are looking for punchy, entertaining mini-dramas to be performed script-in-hand on any subject. No monologues.
  • No more than 10 minutes (1,800 words incl. characters, stage directions). Longer pieces will be rejected.
  • 3 actors max.
  • Scripts should be in 12 pt font with wide margins left and right, and set out in standard UK stage play format. Pages numbered.
  • Writers should include a list of characters, ages and relationship to each other.
  • No or minimal props or costumes.
  • You may resubmit work previously performed at Scratch Nights or completely new work.

Please bear in mind that you are writing for a small pub venue at best, otherwise Zoom.

How to submit

  • Include a front sheet with your name and contact details (email, phone number, address)
  • Include the name of your play on subsequent pages but NO OTHER IDENTIFYING DETAILS. All scripts are sent anonymously to Readers.
  • Maximum of two plays per person.
  • Send your play(s) as an attachment (.doc or .docx) to Sara Taylor: saradramadrama@gmail.com by midnight, Sunday 23rd August 2020

Plays will automatically be rejected if the submission guidelines are not followed.

We are unable to give individual feedback but will respond to all writers by 31st August 2020.


Monologue Mash – Sunday 4th October 2020

For our second popular event we are looking for eight to ten monologues, to be performed by professional actors. Please note, this will take place on Zoom. The only limit is your imagination!

The brief

  • We are looking for entertaining monologues on any subject. They can be funny, moving, serious or challenging but remember they must win over the audience and make an impact.
  • No more than 2 minutes
  • Scripts should be in 12 pt font with wide margins left and right, and set out in standard UK stage play format. Pages numbered.
  • You may resubmit work previously performed at Scratch Nights or completely new work.

The format

The monologues will be performed in two separate groups of 4 or 5. Audience members will vote for their winner of each group. There will follow a run off between the two successful pieces, a second vote will take place and the winner announced.

How to submit

  • Include a front sheet with your name and contact details (email, phone number, address)
  • Include the name of your play on subsequent pages but NO OTHER IDENTIFYING DETAILS. All scripts are sent anonymously to Readers.
  • Maximum of two plays per person.
  • Send your play(s) as an attachment (.doc or .docx) to Sara Taylor: saradramadrama@gmail.com by midnight, Sunday 23rd August 2020

Plays will automatically be rejected if the submission guidelines are not followed.

We are unable to give individual feedback but will respond to all writers by 6th September 2020.


Scratch Nights – currently suspended

Want to try out your work in progress with professional actors? The Scratch Night takes place on the first Friday of every month at 7pm, upstairs in The Pheasant Inn, Salt Lane. See your writing performed and get feedback from fellow writers.

Submissions are invited from writers based in Salisbury and the surrounding area. Send your scripts (max 12 pages, minimum 12-point) to saradramadrama@gmail.com, marked Scratch Night, by the preceding Wednesday.

To help keep the Fringe Festival free to all, we ask all successful writers for a £5 donation on the night towards the actors’ expenses.

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