Shakespeare in Italy seeking short radio dramas (15 minutes)

‘Shakespeare in Italy’ is looking for short radio dramas of no more than 15 minutes which can be read by two actors max (you can have more than 2 characters) which are a modern response to the stories of Boccaccio’s Decameron. Think of it as a short folk-tale with a modern setting.
  • £200 prize for the best short play (audio drama)
  • Workshop Session: Thursday June 4, 7.30pm
  • Email Submissions to:
  • Written for audio performance (you can write in sound effects but imagine this is a radio play)
Background to Brief:
There could not be a more apt time to shine a spotlight on the stories written by Italian author, poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio, whose work is thought to be among the classics from Italy which influenced Shakespeare in his writing. Known as The Decameron the 14th century stories feature 10 young Florentines who flee from the Black Death to live in Naples. In all there are 100 short stories that feature a framing device and range from the erotic to the tragic, the hilarious to the instructional.
What They Want:
Over the next four weeks they would like you to submit a short play (audio drama) of no longer than 15 minutes – those shortlisted by their panel will be performed over two nights early in July with a director and two actors (max) assigned to each play. Then they will select an overall winner from those performed who will win £200.
Please do not include your name on the script itself so that entries can be judged anonymously.
If you have any questions please message me or comment below. If you’re not familiar with The Decameron, have a glance over the story synopses here:
Deadline: Friday, June 26
Source: PLAYWRITING UK Facebook


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