Scriptworks Session 24th Sept 2012

Writer Booked: Cath Nichols

Actors Booked: (3m, 4f)

Ben Rigby, Dominic Woodward, Amir Rahimzadeh, (two read, one stg dir)

Alice Brockway, Robin Brunskill, Jyothi Kuna, Suzi Brian



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Shortwaves Live Performance Monday 28 May

Come to Contact to plug in to our live workshop for the ears. We’ve been working with four exciting writers: Robert PeggGail ScanlonKaty Slater and Ian Winterton. With them and the help of our radio mentors and an amazing cadre of actors we’re stirring a soup of sensational sound. Come and join us for an evening of ear candy.

Tickets are £8/5, show starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets available from contactmcr or 0161 274 0600.

See you there!

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Shortworks Update

After two hectic audition evenings, and an inbox burgeoning with new plays, Shortworks has completed the auditioning and script submission process. We are now in the realms of collating, considering and cogitating before the project goes into full-on production.

We’ve received more than two dozen plays, and auditioned 30 odd actors (the number is odd, not the actors). We’re planning to announce the successful writers by midnight on Friday (11th) and approaching actors on Saturday (12th).

If you have submitted a play before the deadline but have not received a confirmation email, please get in touch.

Excitement awaits!

Team Scriptworks

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Shortwaves Scriptworks Session 15 MAY 2012

Session currently held for participants in Shortwaves showcase.

No bookings are currently being taken for this session.

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Shortwaves Opportunity MAY 2012

Scriptworks present a SHOWCASE FOR RADIO.


Scriptworks have secured Arts Council funding to support our local writing community in the development of 4 new 10m scripts for radio. Development work will include a Scriptworks session, one-to-one sessions with professional radio mentors and a dramaturgy workshop. The scripts will be performed live at Contact in Space 2. The scripts will then professionally recorded and produced in the studio and aired on ALL FM as part of Contact’s Noise Generation radio show. This show is broadcast the last Tuesday of every month. The final mastered recordings will also be made available on Soundcloud.

For full details look here.

Actors interested in auditioning please look here.

When emailing regarding this opportunity please use keyword SHORTWAVES in the Subject of your email.

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A lovely session last week working with Margaret Hodgson‘s latest script. We move on to Ben Rigby  and Emma McCelland for this weeks cabinet of dark delights. There are still about 3 places left to book in if it takes your fancy.

We also have a kind of PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT!

As you will have noticed, Scriptworks has recently run a PILOT of our Radio project, SHORTWAVES. Scriptworks regulars Emma Roy-Williams and Sarah Speak have each had an opportunity to work up their plays which are being recorded in the studio ready for broadcast on All FM. Sarah’s play will be broadcast tomorrow!

Big round of applause for those two, and the actors, Liam McShane the sound engineer and Abbie Willcox at Contact.

So, a busy few weeks at Scriptworks Towers as we prepare to go into full-on production mode for the Arts Council Funded full-fat version of SHORTWAVES! More details will be posted on the Website very soon – but in the meantime a word to the Scriptworks massive: We will be asking for writers to gird their loins and prepare their pens (and notebooks, and tablets) – to submit scripts between NOW and the 7th MAY. 

The brief will be to prepare a 10m script for radio, one which works imaginatively with the form itself. Interesting uses of audio (sounds, music, distance, time) will get the most attention!

Each successful writer will get a Scriptworks session, two one-to-one sessions with an industry mentor, the opportunity to see their play performed to a live studio audience AND recorded and broadcast on ALL FM. Not only that, but there is also a small bursary to sweeten the deal.


Team Scriptworks

Scriptworks is an independent, volunteer led script development service. We use actors to cold read scripts and to drive our live feedback and investigation of the text. Our services are free and open to anyone aged 18+ who can attend a session.

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Scriptworks Session 30th April 2012

Writer: Adam Young (full length)

Actor(s) 6-8 male, 1 female

Actors booked:

Christopher Faith (m)
Derek Hicks (m)
Nicole Gaskell (f)
Niraj Dave (m)
Lynsey McVey (f, stg dir)
Marc Parry (m)
Ben Thomas (m)
Vin Hawke (m)
Jack Howard (m) 
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Scriptworks Session Report 26 03 12

yo Scriptworkers,

So the sunny daze of last Monday melted away our acting pool to a compact few, causing us to have to cancel the session. (It’s true! Allocated the largest room in Contact, we had the smallest showing of the past year). Now we’re back on track, so actors and participants of every stripe please book in.

Tomorrow we have three writers bringing work to the session: Richard Howe, Matt Midgeley and Janine Atkin. It would be churlish indeed not to have a strong presence to bring their words to life.

Send us a message to Scriptworks if you want to read in as an actor.

Book a ticket through Contact if you wish to participate in the session.


A brief reminder of our pilot programme with Contact: Shortwaves (pilot)
We invite folk to write, workshop and record a ten minute piece for radio – which will be aired on Contact’s AllFM channel.
The deadline is Tuesday 10 April, so fast coming up!


Kind Regards

Team Scriptworks

Scriptworks is an independent, volunteer led script development service. We use actors to cold read scripts and to drive our live feedback and investigation of the text. Our services are free and open to anyone aged 18+ who can attend a session.

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Session Report 19 Mar + Opportunities!

‘lo Scriptworkers

Lovely session in a filled-to-the-brim Meeting Room last week – working on Lynette Campbell’s play Remember – generating much debate and enthusiasm.

Next up we have a free writing slot, so can folk who wish to have their writing heard please book in for this Monday, 26th March! This also applies to writers who’d like to bring their work forward from another session later in the year. This slot will be in the voluminous aircraft hanger that is Space 3 rather than the WWII fighter jet cockpit that is the Meeting Room.

We have a couple actors already booked in and would love to hear from more of you who wish to read.

Radio Opportunity.

In collaboration with our Contact partners, we are piloting an initiative called Shortwaves. Two writers will have an opportunity to create a new short piece for radio, have that workshopped using the (patent pending) Scriptworks process, produced and broadcast on Contact’s AllFM show Noise Generation.

For more information, deadlines and a brief – please look at the opportunity page here.

Member’s Activities.

Longtime Scriptworker Ben Jewell is hard at work with performance poet Dominic Berry on their new show Wizard, which is on at Contact. Looks like it should be a whole lot of fun. Tickets and more information can be found here.


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Scriptworks Session MON 26 MAR 2012

Location: SPACE 3

Writers: Ben Rigby (30m) 3m 3f, Emma McClelland (30m) 2m ?f

Actors: Lily Dong (f), Janet Thompson (f), Michelle Ashton (f)
Dave Carter (m) 

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