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Soho Theatre

Filed under: Random Musings — Gina @ 16:20

I went to a great workshop on Saturday with Sarah Dickinson from the Soho Theatre. As well as writing exercises she also gave us some very useful information about the script-reading service at the theatre.

They receive about 2000 unsolicited scripts a year, and from these they nominate 20 playwrights a month to receive a full report and feedback, and in addition meet any promising playwrights.

If you want to send a script in first have a look at the programme to see if you think yours fits in with the work that Soho puts on (so probably not that adaptation of Sense and Sensibility you’ve been working on for the last few years). Only send in full-length plays – minimum about 60 minutes/pages, but closer to 90. And make sure the first 25 pages really ‘sparkle’, although she did follow this up by saying if you haven’t grabbed your audience in the first ten minutes of your play then you’ve probably lost them forever. The BBC Writersroom talks about the ‘Perfect 10′ and Paul Ashton wrote ten blog posts to illustrate this.

I’m off to find a little corner to cry and curse in now because one of my plays got rejected today so F*** and S^#; and C’^~# and B#~’:**s and a**## etc etc



  1. Programme not program! Consistency helps gel society together! Thanks for the post though!

    Comment by Seany — 10/10/2011 @ 16:23 | Reply

  2. Sorry, Teacher. Please don’t keep me in at break time.

    Comment by Gina — 10/10/2011 @ 16:56 | Reply

  3. Yes, I enjoyed Sarah’s workshop too, stimulating writing exercises and time to write was bliss.

    Don’t cry! You’re a talented, funny writer, perhaps it just wasn’t the right place for it. 🙂

    Comment by Angela Street — 11/10/2011 @ 12:41 | Reply

  4. Ah, my biggest fan. Why can’t you be running a production company? X

    Comment by Gina — 11/10/2011 @ 12:56 | Reply

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