Monday, January 07, 2013

2013 Write Now Festival for budding playwrights

(From their press release)


Liverpool’s Write Now Festival begins the search for a fourth batch of brand new, previously unperformed scripts for Write Now 4, the new writing festival taking place in September 2013.

"We've moved the festival later into the year and to a new venue" announces Ian Moore.

Since 2010 Write Now has staged twenty-six brand new one-act plays, offered over one hundred performances across a total of thirty days bringing you some of the finest new writing from Merseyside (and beyond)”

However, 2013 will be a little different.

The festival itself will also be moving, taking place at Liverpool's Unity Theatre, Hope Place between Tuesday 17 and Saturday 21 September

 “We are delighted to be relocating” adds Festival Director Ian Moore. “It feels like a great step forward for us to be working with one of the city’s top venues”

 “We had three fantastic years at The Actors’ Studio but we felt it was time to give the festival a shake-up” adds Ian

In addition, the festival will be a little more playwright-centric.

A new structure will see six invited pieces receiving a first performance followed by a post-show discussion, it is hoped the discussion will prompt possible changes, rewrites and so forth which will then be taken into the rehearsal space for a re-work workshop.

Following this, the piece will receive a pre-show discussion to bring the audience up to speed about the process and then a second performance.

Submissions close in March which gives writers sufficient time to either write a brand new piece or dust off something they’ve had sitting on a shelf with a closing date in late-March.

A team of adjudicators read every submission with decisions and invitations made in May.

“We are incredibly thorough in our treatment of the scripts we receive. The playwright’s deserve that courtesy. After all, it is, in some instances, their life’s work we are analysing” adds Ian

Our fourth year also sees a new Patron added to the already burgeoning roll call of Liverpool’s finest.

Former Brookside star Suzanne Collins, who appeared in last year’s festival as Lucy Russell in the Edinburgh Festival-bound psychological thriller Catfish Therapy, joins Pauline Daniels, Roger Philips, Ali Machray and Dean Sullivan in lending her support to the event.

Suzanne extols the aims of the festival. “Write Now is an open door to new writing. Having performed in the Festival I know that it is always looking at new ways to find and champion talent be it writer, director or performer.

“I know how hard it is to be a writer and the festival tries to find ways to inspire and offer opportunities to develop skills and meet like minded people.”

“The rich vein of untapped talent to which Write Now offers a platform is ever present. We could have staged fifty new pieces in our first two years and still only touched the tip of the iceberg“ adds Moore. “But we felt a new approach would be of benefit to the playwright who, after all, the festival is aimed at”

“We are looking to develop what we do and continue to explore new avenues in offering the platform to new writers.”

The submissions process is now open and for Submission Details visit

Further information, photographs or interview call Ian Moore on 07752 522279

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