Submissions

The Salisbury Fringe Returns!

15th-17th October 2021

Short Cuts – Saturday 16th October 2021

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.

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.

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 5th September 2021

We are unable to give individual feedback but will respond to all writers by 19th September 2021.

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

Monologue Mash

Submissions are now OPEN from writers based in and around Salisbury for our popular Monologue Mash. Eight to ten monologues will be selected and performed by professional actors. In this LIVE event we will present all monologues in a competitive format and the audience can vote for their favourite!

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 long.
  • Scripts should be in 12pt 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.

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 one play per writer.
  • Send your play(s) as an attachment (.doc or .docx) to Sara Taylor, clearly headed MONOLOGUE MASH: saradramadrama@gmail.com by midnight, Sunday 19th September 2021

We are unable to give individual feedback but will respond to all writers by 3rd October 2021.

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

Salisbury Fringe at Salisbury Museum

The new Fashion Gallery at Salisbury Museum was opened by Dame Zandra Rhodes on Saturday 7th August. For the last four years, young people, volunteers and experts have worked alongside the museum team, sharing their skills and enthusiasm to explore the fashion collection and curate this breathtaking new show. The Fashion Gallery is a dynamic new interpretation of this historic collection and explores our changing relationship with clothes. 

We invite you to draw inspiration from the Fashion Gallery and write a piece to be performed by two actors. You might give voice to those who wore the costume, the makers, or choose details from the costumes themselves.

We do hope writers will be able to visit the fashion gallery in person, otherwise visit the project website for ideas.

The brief

We are looking for:

  • A gender-neutral duologue written for two actors and with your own choice of title 
  • Five minute scripts (750 words max)
  • Presentation: 12pt – double line spaced with wide margins (.doc, .docx)
  • Your name, address and contact details to appear on front sheet only 
  • Maximum 2 pieces per person.

Free workshop at the Museum

Led by Pete Talman (Writer/Director) and Christine Diment (Writer)

Thursday 16th September 11am – 12.30pm

Visit the fashion gallery free of charge and have fun experimenting with a piece of original dramatic writing:

  • Experiment with writing styles
  • Explore the relationship between costume and character
  • Receive expert advice from experienced writers
  • Create a vivid and dramatic piece of writing for Salisbury Fringe

Meet in the Lecture Hall of Salisbury Museum, 11am (The King’s House, 65, The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN). The café will be available for refreshments before and after the workshop. Wheelchair accessible.

Booking essential: Contact 07966 259787 to book a place or for more information.

How to submit

Send your play(s) as an attachment (.doc, .docx or .odt) to Sara Taylor, clearly headed MUSEUM ENTRY, at saradramadrama@gmail.com by midnight, Sunday 19th September 2021

Writers will be notified if their work is chosen.

The performance

Saturday 16th October 2021, 2.30pm

The Lecture Hall, Salisbury Museum

Free ticketed admission to both performance and exhibition. Donations to both Salisbury Fringe Festival and Salisbury Museum gratefully received.

Scratch Nights 

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, currently via Zoom. 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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