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Write Now 7 announced

Jack Studio Theatre presents its Annual Playwriting Festival 

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Supported by the London Borough of Lewisham

Sponsored by Acorn Estates Ltd

Write Now 7

Submissions are now open for the annual new writing festival at the Jack Studio Theatre

Deadline for submissions: 29th January 2016

WRITE NOW 7 Festival: May 2016

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to announce WRITE NOW 7, its annual new writing festival that will open in May 2016, and run for four weeks.Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the WRITE NOW festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to south east London.

From the submissions of plays to a specific brief, in 2016 one play will be chosen for the month-long festival. It will appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of seven new short plays.

For Write Now 7:

  • One winning play is given a full-production for three weeks
  • The playwright will be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. The winning playwright also receives financial support to attend rehearsals and career development advice.

Past winners of the festival have gone on to have work developed and produced by the BBC writersroom, High Tide and The Liverpool Everyman.

The WRITE NOW festival is also about celebrating the local area of south east London, and the theatre’s connection and engagement with its audience. The festival is a wonderful celebration of this culturally diverse and dynamic area of London, with writers exploring themes and subject matter which resonates with the local audience and beyond.

The WRITE NOW FESTIVAL reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister and Literary Manager David Bottomley, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. The final selection panel will be announced shortly.


We are now accepting submissions of scripts.

The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 29 January 2016

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available on the Write Now page on our website: www.brockleyjack.co.uk

Scripts are submitted via email to: admin@brockleyjack.co.uk

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Write Now 6 News

Write Now 6


It’s almost that time of year again, when the Jack becomes a hub for the best of local new writing, there is already a buzz in the air as we have just released the full line up of plays and workshops happening this May.

Tickets are now on sale via our website so it’s time to book and guarantee your seat for one of the most exciting new writing festivals in London!

Here are the full details:

To launch this year’s Write Now Festival we have a selection of short plays to whet your appetite.
Chosen from submissions to the Jack, these plays explore different aspects of our chosen theme: Lead Us. We’re giving playwrights the chance to show the world what a real leader looks like (or failing that, to show us where we’re going wrong).

What defines a leader? Do they command or defer?
Do we pick them, or do they pick themselves?
Heart warming, thought-provoking and humorous, these short plays are drawn from UK and international submissions.

We are pleased to announce this year’s shorts are:
Footprints by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
Four Interrogations by Maximillian Singh Gill
Queens of the Realm by Ian August
Roleplay by Nick Myles
The Catch by Tom Harvey
The Soldier by Chris Paxton
True Grit by Judy Upton

Saturday May 9 at 5pm and 730pm


Talking to Alice by Lucinda Burnett
Write Now 6 Winner
directed by Tanith Lindon

Adam takes photographs, lots of photographs, and has a tendency to share too much. After a spectacular bust up at a nightclub, Adam finds himself in the care of trainee social worker Harriet. As their relationship develops Harriet finds herself struggling to cope, and both are pushed to breaking point. A warm and poignant new drama about friendship, mental health and the costs of caring.

‘You ever go somewhere and you think, yeah, I belong here? But you’re not happy because here is a hospital bed and here is lumpy?’

Lucinda Burnett graduated with distinction from the Advanced Theatre Practice MA at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: Come to Where I’m From (Royal Exchange Theatre, Paines Plough), Organised (Unicorn Theatre), Some Of Us (Oval House Theatre) and George’s Dad (Rose Theatre). Lucinda was part of the Future Perfect attachment at Paines Plough Theatre Company and is a member of the Old Vic New Voices company. Lucinda lives in West Norwood.

Staged Reading performances: Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 at 7.45pm & Saturday 16 May at 4pm

There will be a post show conversation on Thursday 14 May with members of the creative team. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.


Dog Country by Joseph Wilde
Write Now 6 Winner
directed by Mark Leipacher

Hotspur loves Germ, Germ loves Pigeon, and Pigeon loves himself. It’s 2001 and these teenagers have the world at their feet. In 2011, Trish and Mike have changed beyond recognition since they last met. They rekindle a long dead attraction, though the elephant in the room is threatening to trample them both. Dog Country is about a generation of kids who tried to become adults at the worst possible time.

‘You’re a meteorite. You’re a meteorite and I’m a dinosaur. You’re a spaceship and I’m a…Caveman.’

Joseph Wilde is a graduate of the Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatre Young Writers Programmes, and of HighTide Festival Theatre’s Escalator Playwright attachment. Cuddles, Joseph’s first play, opened at the Ovalhouse Theatre in 2013. In May it will tour nationally before transferring to New York. Other theatre includes The Pier (Oxford Playhouse/Marlowe Theatre) and The Van Dyck Vanishments (Marine Studios/Milo Wladek Co). Joseph also writes for TV and radio. In 2014 his play The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman won the BBC Drama Imison Award. Joseph lives in Camberwell.

Staged Reading performances: Wednesday 13, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May at 7.45pm

There will be a post show conversation with the creative team on Friday 15 May. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.


rock paper scissors by Olga Nikora
Write Now 6 Winner (full production)
directed by Kate Bannister

Roma and Mihai are brothers sharing a tiny south London flat. They fight about everything. Food. Girlfriends. Drinking. Parents. The only thing they don’t fight about is that neither wants to be known as a Romanian gypsy. rock paper scissors explores kinship and identity, and asks when do we stop being children and when do we stop playing games.

‘I’m not a nobody. I been here ten years. This is my home. I’m a local. Everyone back in Romania is real proud of me…I’m a legend there, I am.’

Olga Nikora was born in Eastern Europe and moved to New Zealand when she was a child. Olga began writing while studying for her law degree. Her first play Tightrope Bonnie was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. Theatre credits: In the Company of Strangers (Soho Theatre, staged reading), Then they came for me (Greenwich Theatre). Olga lives in south east London and is currently working on a short film about the diverse and multicultural nature of London.

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 May at 7.45pm (Tues -Sat only)

There will be a post show conversation with members of the creative team on Friday 22 May. This is open to all who have bought a ticket for that nights’ performance.


Take Part in Write Now 6

Join us for our writing workshops if you want to try out something new or if you have an idea you want to develop. We have three new workshops for you this year, with exciting guest speakers. All workshops are just £5! Numbers are limited to twelve per workshop, so please book online to guarantee your place. Workshops are suitable for all experiences.

Big Adventures in Small Worlds (Saturday 16 May 1-3pm)

In this workshop we use automatic writing exercises, drawing on our past experiences to create authentic familiar worlds for our characters to inhabit. This ‘small world’ is then a safe place to explore a ‘big adventure’, allowing us to investigate challenging, scary and unwieldy themes and events.
Led by Anna Jordan.

Anna won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013 with her play Yen, which had a sell out run at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other writing credits include Freak (Assembly Fest Edinburgh / Theatre503), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre, Winner of West End Frame Fringe Production of the Year 2014), The Freedom Light (Company of Angels), The Ivory Year (LAMDA), Stay Happy Keep Smiling (Soho Theatre), Coming Home (Bush Theatre). Staunch (Arcola), Fragments (Riverside). She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre and has taught acting and playwriting at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti and Identity. She is currently on the BBC Drama Production Writers’ Scheme.

Synopsis Surgery (Saturday 23 May 1-3pm)

Get it right before you write! This workshop is about honing a workable blueprint for your play. Pitch and kick ideas around and get feedback from group discussion to move your play forward.
Led by David Bottomley.

David is Literary Manager of the Jack Studio Theatre, a playwright and workshop leader. He has run workshops for Spread the Word, Goldsmiths, IDEO and IdeasTap. He founded the London Playwrights’ Collective and the Jack Writers’ Workshop. He took Message in a Bottle, his one man show to Edinburgh Festival 2012 and his play, The Peacock and the Nightingale had it’s world premiere at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2014.

Inventing In/credible! Characters (Saturday 30 May 1-3pm)

A practical look at how to craft truthful and believable characters with real potential to inspire great drama. Come with a character in mind or create one on the spot. Through exercises and discussion the workshop will look at how to build a character, and by exploring their public, private and inner worlds, how you can discover the potent relationships, needs and wants that will form the foundations of a character’s journey.
Led by Suzanne Gorman.

Suzanne is a Director, Dramaturg and Producer whose work has focused on giving a platform to the voices, stories and creativity of BAME and diverse communities. She is Artistic Director of Maya Productions, a company that makes theatre that reflects and celebrates diversity. She is also Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre, where she previously led the creative learning department and directed over fifteen new writing productions, managed the unique young writers programmes and pioneered the company’s groundbreaking site specific and digital work with communities. She has worked and directed for New Perspectives Theatre Company, Derby LIVE, Shared Experience, Immediate Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Leicester Haymarket, Kali Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The Write Now 6 Festival is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham and Arts Council England funding through Grants for the Arts.

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Write Now 6 is launched!

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to launch Write Now 6, our annual new writing festival that will open in May 2015 for four weeks. The Festival exists to discover the best new playwriting talent, and give writers the opportunity to see their work developed and performed.

Write Now 6

Write Now 6 Information

One selected play will be given a full production at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2015. Two further plays will be given a week’s workshop time and three staged readings during the Festival. In addition, each of the three winning writers is allocated development time with a director and dramaturg to examine and explore their play further; financial support to attend rehearsals and performance; and career development and advice.

In 2015 we are looking for bold new voices and stories that engage with and reflect contemporary culture and society.

All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London.


We are now accepting submissions of scripts. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 30 January 2015. Full guidelines and a 2015 application form are available to download from our website http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/writenow/the-festival/

We will also be announcing the short play’s submission details in December. (Six ten minute plays will open the Festival, and writers from across the UK and beyond are welcome to apply). Please check back for further details.

Reading Panel
The 2015 play reading panel is led by Jack Artistic Director Kate Bannister, and consists of the Jack’s associated artists and industry professionals. For Write Now 6 we are pleased to welcome back Lin Coghlan (Eastenders, Soho Theatre, National Theatre), Franko Figueiredo (StoneCrabs Theatre), Simon James Collier (Okai Collier Company) and Vinay Patel (previous Write Now winner) to help in the final selection of plays.

The Festival is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham and in 2013 and 2014 received Arts Council England funding through Grants for the Arts

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Scratch is back!

ScratchScratch at The Jack was set up in 2009 by Tanith Lindon (Jack Associate Director) to provide a regular platform for acts and artists, from a wide range of performance disciplines, to try out and develop new work in front of an audience. We met up with Tanith to talk about how the Scratch nights work and why the audience is vital in developing new material.


Tell us about the Scratch nights

The whole idea behind Scratch at The Jack was to provide a home for artists making new work and for audiences interested in seeing something absolutely fresh off the page. We’ve had a variety of so many types of art form: readings of plays, monologues and short films, performed extracts, physical theatre, clowning, character comedy, sketch comedy, cabaret, storytelling, spoken word, poetry reading…and probably more that I have forgotten now!

When you’re devising work, or starting out writing, you really need to see how things work in practice and the beauty of Scratch is that you can show as little as the first 5 minutes of an idea or character, and get feedback on it. We don’t charge the writers/performers to enter a piece into Scratch, so it carries a much lower risk (and time frame) than most opportunities to perform on a London stage.

What makes a successful Scratch night?

I think the night works best with a real mix of pieces; that way it’s varied for the audience and hopefully the different groups performing can get some inspiration from someone doing something a bit different to them. We get very giving and supportive audiences, as well as a lot of regulars who come back each time.

The only thing that I’ve found doesn’t work is straight stand up. It’s tough for a stand up to go on to a stage that’s just had some very quiet emotional physical theatre piece and work up some laughs; on the other side it’s also not great when an audience gets given a bit of a grilling by a stand up with an aggressive style.

The night is about support and openness to experiment with work – and I think stand ups have the toughest time as it’s hard to feel that their work has been a success unless they get laughs.


How important is the audience for Scratch?

Essential! The whole point is to test out ideas and give the acts an experience that can really challenge them and hopefully guide their work. It can be very easy to forget about your audience as an artist, as the process of creating work can be so introspective. Scratch gives the audience a chance to tell artists exactly what they liked, and what just didn’t communicate.

We give all the audience members a form when they come in and encourage them to write down and tweet @BrocJackTheatre what they think worked and what could be improved upon for each act. It’s really interesting to see the comments they make – sometimes they can be so insightful, and I’ve had performers tell me that the feedback has really shaped the development of their work – whether that be in deciding the correct direction of the piece, or dropping something altogether as it clearly didn’t work!


How do you typically programme the nights?

I used to have to spend a lot of time approaching performers and writers to take part, but now we have enough of a name that most of the people involved come to me (via email). There’s no particular thing that I’m looking for, but I try to put acts together that will complement one another, and I won’t programme something if I don’t think it’s going to work or is really not at a stage where it is ready to be performed to a paying audience.


Any success stories?

Seeing an artist return to Scratch, clearly having taken on an audience member’s idea is a great feeling. Likewise, it’s wonderful when you get to see the finished product of an idea that began its life at Scratch.

A young theatre company called Antler http://www.antlertheatre.co.uk/ scratched less than 10 minutes of a story last year; at the time it was clear that they had something special happening between them, and I was delighted to eventually see the full show at The Bush Theatre’s Radar Festival last autumn (following a really successful summer at Edinburgh festival).

More recently, there’s been exciting news for other past Scratch regulars: Rob Auton http://www.robauton.co.uk/ was made Poet in Residence at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and comedians Max & Ivan http://maxandivan.com/ have just recorded a pilot show for Radio 4. It’s wonderful to think that we have formed some part of their continuing journey!


The next Scratch nights are Sunday 5th October and Sunday 14th December at 6pm

Tickets can be booked via our website www.brockleyjack.co.uk

To take part in a future Scratch event email Tanith: scratch@brockleyjack.co.uk

Huge thanks to http://shiftworkproductions.wordpress.com/ for the Scratch video

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Take Part: writing workshops

Write Now 5

Running in tandem with our staged readings, performances and discussions as part of the Write Now 5 festival, are our writing workshops. Whether you’re starting out or have some writing experience, the workshops are designed to suit all abilities and only cost £10 per workshop. Booking is recommended as places are limited.



 1. Creating Characters

Come and find challenging new ways of creating three dimensional characters for your play. Through group exercises we will invent characters with lives of their own, discover their needs, their environment and the starting points for a play scenario.

Saturday 24th May 1–3pm (15 participants max)


2. Synopsis Surgery

Get it right before you write! This workshop is about honing a workable blueprint for your play. Pitch and kick ideas around and get feedback from group discussion to move your play forward.

Saturday 31st May 1–3pm (12 participants max)


3. Improvisation for Writers

This fun workshop is specifically for writers to “play” roles in character in unexpected scenarios, in order to explore more about their characters, and discover how they might behave and react to situations in their own plays.

Saturday 7th June 1–3pm (15 participants max)

Places can be booked on our website http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/

Workshops are led by David Bottomley, Jack Studio Theatre Literary Manager.

In Conversation

Following performances of all three plays chosen for the Write Now 5 festival, there will be a short discussion session with members of the creative team. This is open to all and free if you have bought a ticket for that night’s performance.

Dates: Thursday 22nd May, Friday 23rd May, Friday 30th May.

Write Now 5 is supported by Arts Council England, London Borough of Lewisham, Acorn Estates Ltd., Roullier White

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