Writing on the wall for scriptwriters

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A new initiative to help budding scriptwriters is being launched in Doncaster this week.

The town’s new arts venue Cast, in association with the Right Up Our Street community arts project, has launched Scripted, which will include a season of masterclasses, script slams, readings and performances of the UK’s best new writing.

Script submissions are invited from new and emerging writers from across Doncaster and South Yorkshire. Scripted is looking for pieces of no longer than 15 minutes that are ambitious and that have a distinct voice.

The aim is to find groundbreaking new plays and nurture new and fresh voices that represent the unique energy of the region.

Works selected will be performed by a professional company on two Script Slam events at Cast on March 19 and June 25.

The selection panel includes director Kully Thiarai, Cast associate director Esther Richardson and Doncaster playwright Richard Cameron, author of The Glee Club.

The Scripted season also includes scriptwriting and character masterclasses with Richard Cameron (January 18) and Philip Osment (May 17), as well as an inspirational script-in-hand presentation of new play Glory Dazed by playwright Cat Jones on January 29.

Directed by Esther Richardson, Glory Dazed is a funny and sizzling new play about the impact of war on returning soldiers to the town, originally developed with ex-servicemen and prisoners at HMP and YOI Doncaster.

Cat Jones is an extraordinary writing talent who burst onto the national theatre scene in 2013, following a critically acclaimed run of Glory Dazed at Soho Theatre in London.

To submit a play, send a hard copy to Cast, ‘Scripted’, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.

The deadline for the first Script Slam on March 19 is February 28. The second one is May 30 for a June 25 event.

For further information on Scripted, visit castindoncaster.com and to find out more about Right Up Our Street, go to www.rightupourstreet.org.uk

To tune into Right On Our Radio, www.sinefm.com/a_z_of_shows/right_on_our_radio.