New Writing Night
What's It All About?
On the last Wednesday of every other month, Blackshaw hosts a New Writing Night at The Horse and Stables in Lambeth. It's an opportunity for writers to showcase what they're working on and get constructive feedback from the audience.Get involved
Have you got a half-finished play lurking on your desktop that you’ve always wanted to see finished and staged? Maybe you’ve got something that’s a full first draft but you feel like it still needs some work? Or, maybe you’ve got a great idea for a play that you’ve never got started?
Blackshaw are here to help.. We’re looking for a writer with a play that still needs some work, to be staged as winner of Blackshaw’s Showcase Award. We want to support you through the development process of your play, help you to get the script performance ready, and then produce it as a one-off premiere performance in January 2017.
So how do you get involved?
Submit a 10-15 minute section of your play, by 11th March 2016, ready to be performed as a work in progress at a special New Writing Night on 30th March 2016. The shortlisted pieces will be assigned actors and a director (unless you want to provide your own), who you will work with in the lead up to the New Writing Night.
On 30th March, your piece will be performed, and will receive feedback from the audience (we collect audio feedback, and anonymous written feedback straight after each piece is performed). Following this performance, we will select one piece to take forward to full production.
For the writer awarded the showcase, Blackshaw will be there every step of the way to give you feedback, put you in touch with other writers, and bring your script to the stage. You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback on sections of your draft, at our regular New Writing Nights (May, July, September, November 2016). We’ll also collect audience feedback at the Jan 2017 premiere of your play, to further enable you to continue developing it after its first full performance.
Your submission should be an extract from a new play (or new play in progress), never performed before. It should require a max. of 4 actors, and run at no more than 15 mins.Apply Download Showcase FAQs
How to submit
Submit as a Writer
If you would like to submit a piece of new writing, whether it be a play extract, poem(s), comedy or other, please send a completed submission form, including a contact number and email and copy of your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a guide, we aim to include 3/4 pieces per event, to total a running time of 1 hour. Please note that tech at The Horse is very limited; only a general wash (lights up/down), and plot-propelling sound effects are available.
Please also note that we are less likely to select pieces with more than 4 characters, as the more cast members there are, the more difficult the rehearsal process becomes, as we have limited rehearsal time before each New Writing Night.Download standard Submission Form Download Showcase Submission Form
Apply as an Actor
All actors are asked to submit via Casting Call Pro.Apply
Apply as a Director
If you would like to be considered as a director for one of our new writing night pieces, please send a CV (including a contact number and email) to: email@example.com
2016 New Writing Nights
March Showcase NWN
Weds 30th at 7:30 p.m
submission deadline: 11th March.
Submission deadline: 29th April.
Weds 27th at 7:30 p.m
Submission deadline: 8th July.
Weds 28th at 7:30 p.m
Submission deadline: 9th September.
November Scare Slam
Weds 30th at 7:30 p.m
Submission deadline: 11th November
Our New Writing Nights take place upstairs at The Horse & Stables (Closest tube, Lambeth North).
The evening kicks off at 7:30pm and tickets are available on the door. Seating is limited, so pop along early for a drink and be the first in the queue when the doors open.
Directions and contact information for The Horse can be found on their website: www.horsebar.co.uk
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