Old Sorting Office seeking submissions for inaugural scratch night ‘Dispatches’

The Old Sorting Office (OSO) in Barnes is looking for new, untested or developing pieces of theatre for Dispatches, their inaugural scratch writing night, taking place on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Eligibility: This 56-seat black-box theatre is committed to providing an outlet for new or developing voices in British playwriting – comic or serious, experimental or classic, all submissions are welcome. If you’re a pre-existing company who’ve already chosen their actors and director, great! If you’re a lone writer without someone to perform your piece, they will help you find the right cast and director.

Process:  Submissions are open from the 10th January and close on 10th February. After submissions close, seven plays will be selected to be performed in two halves on the night. After the final curtain the audience will be asked to provide any feedback they have – so if you have any work developing that you want to test in front of a crowd, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

What to submit: There is no entry fee, but there are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Scripts should have minimal technical (lighting, sound, props and set) requirements – if your script absolutely requires anything more than this, please put it in the email along with the script.
  • Scripts should be titled and between ten and fifteen minutes long.
  • They request that all playwrights are available on the date of the show –Dispatches is a night geared towards developing work, so it is important that you’re at the show in order to receive audience feedback.

How to apply:  Submitted scripts should be emailed to laura@osoarts.org.uk with the subject line ‘Dispatches Submission’.

(If you have any questions about the competition, you can also email laura@osoarts.org.uk.)

Deadline: 10 February 2018

Source: Direct contact

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