SCRIPT CONSULTING & DRAMATURGY SERVICES
A one-to-one script reading and feedback service to take your play to the next level.
Could you do with some feedback on your play? Are you stuck on how to improve your first draft? Or are you polishing up a script to submit to a theatre? Well, did you know that London Playwrights’ Blog offers a script consulting service where you can receive detailed feedback from a member of our experienced team of dramaturgs?
When it comes to getting feedback, we know that there’s no one size fits all, so we’ve recently updated our services to offer more options and to try to be as accessible to as wide a range of writers as possible. We’ve also worked hard to keep the cost of our services down whilst ensuring we are able to pay a fair wage to those involved . Our services are open to writers of all levels.
Don’t forget, members pay 20% less. Find out more about joining here.
Zoom Feedback Session + Written Notes
Often, feedback is the most useful when you can ask questions, bounce ideas around and discuss particular areas of concern, and in our full script consulting service, you get to do exactly this! Feedback will be delivered in the form a 90 minute Zoom (or phone, whatever you are most comfortable with) session and you’ll also get a set of written follow up notes so you don’t have to worry too much about taking notes during the session.
Cost: £128 members (£160 non members)
Written Report only
Sometimes, you just need to see some feedback down on paper and for those who’d rather work through notes on their own rather than embarking on a discussion, this option is perfect. You’ll get a detailed report from one of our experienced consultants which will address everything you need to redraft your play.
Cost: Full length plays: £78 members (£98 non members) Please note: scripts over 100 pages will be subject to an additional charge of £20 to allow for extra reading time.
One act plays (less than 40 pages): £58 members (£78 non members)
Short plays (approx 10 pages): £33 members (£42 non members)
First 10 Pages & Premise (Written Report)
If you’re hoping to submit your play to a competition or theatre, those first few pages are crucial in grabbing the attention of a reader. In this option, you get detailed feedback on the opening pages of your script and tips on how to polish them to perfection.
You’ll also get feedback on your premise and how successfully you set up your ideas within your first 10 pages. Along with your script, you’ll need to send us a one-page outline of your idea (think plot breakdown rather than marketing blurb!) so we can give you feedback on how your concept holds up and how we see your play developing.
Cost: £33 members (£42 non members)
Zoom Table Reading
Already written several drafts and your work is pretty much polished? Not sure where to go next? Then perhaps it’s time to hear your work read out loud by professional actors? You’ll get a 3 hour Zoom session facilitated by a member of our script consulting team where actors will read your play and participate in a feedback discussion afterwards. You’ll also get a recording of the session so you don’t have to worry about missing anything on the day!
Cost: £100 plus £60 per actor required (for example a 4-hander would cost £340). Please note that the actors receive the full as £60 their fee, LPW does not profit from this. For smaller budgets, we can also work with fewer actors and focus on extracts from the play – talk to us about what you need!
If none of the options above suit your needs or you’re looking for a consultant to work with on a regular basis, please email us to discuss how we can help! Our rates are £30 per hour for members/ £38 non members and hours must be agreed and paid for upfront – contact us for more details.
How to book
Please email download the contact form below and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org,specifying which service you require.
What happens next
Once we’ve received your form, we’ll be in touch to request payment and your full script (if required). We’ll then assign you to one of our script consultants who will arrange a time frame for the work to be completed. If you are planning on redrafting to a deadline, please let us know so that we can confirm we are able to accommodate this.
The fine print/T&C’s:
- We can only work with writers aged 18 and older.
- The fee will be payable via debit or credit card using our secure payment provider, Stripe. We’ll email details of how to pay on receipt of your application form.
- We’ll get you scheduled in and start the reading process as soon as we’ve received your payment.
- You can expect a response from us within 48 hours of submitting your application form.
- Creative Development sessions: hours and expectations of what is to be achieved is to be agreed with the consultant prior to the work taking place and payment must be made upfront. In the case of an ongoing relationship, hours and expectations may be agreed and paid for on a monthly basis.
- No refunds can be processed once you have sent your script to London Playwrights’ Workshop.
20 % discount for followup sessions: Our service is designed to ensure that you have all the information you need to take your play forwards after one script consulting session. However, we also recognise that some people prefer to be supported through more than one draft; in this instance, a reduced fee is available since there is a bit less work involved for the reader, who is already familiar with the world of your play. Please note that the subsequent draft discount is not available on Zoom table reads.
We look forward to supporting your work!