'Slick and professional hosts and two excellent speakers – big names in the industry. A warm and supportive environment for writers. Excerpts from finalists' plays expertly performed (live or on video clips) by the team of actors. Beautiful trophies and superb prizes of Final Draft software. A wonderful experience, so uplifting in the current grim climate.’ Belinda Brady, playwright
'I would encourage anyone and everyone with a burning desire to write to enter this competition - the attendees, finalists and winners were all wonderfully gracious, kind and supportive of one another.’ Derek Masterson, playwright
Put the date in your diary - SUNDAY 12 MAY 2024, from 11am - 6pm at the RONDO THEATRE in Bath, UK. It costs just £20 to attend - and you're invited!
Tickets for the live show will give you six hours of entertainment, an awards ceremony, professional performances of excerpts from selected finalists' scripts and talks from established industry professionals. However, please note that this event is for adults of 16+ only, since actors will perform excerpts that may include 'offensive' language or sexual content.
2024's speakers are yet to be confirmed, but last year's fabulous guests were:
JOHN HODGE, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter of films including Trainspotting; T2 Trainspotting; A Life Less Ordinary; The Beach and Shallow Grave, as well as a playwright whose first piece for the stage, Collaborators, won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.
LUCY V HAY of BANG2WRITE, a script editor/reader, consultant and novelist renowned for sweary, no-nonsense writing and networking tips; and a blog for screenwriters, novelists and freelance writers. Her non-fiction books include 'Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays', 'Writing & Selling Drama Screenplays' and 'Writing Diverse Characters for Fiction, TV and Film'. Lucy's debut novel, 'The Other Twin', was featured in The Sun and Sunday Express as well as Heatworld and Closer magazines, and she is currently adapting it for Emmy-nominated producers Free@Last TV.
Additionally, our magnificent S&CO ACTORS, who garner acclaim for their Zoom performances every month, will perform selected excerpts from finalists' work, from micros to pilots to features.
We're thrilled to be sponsored by FINAL DRAFT, so winners and runners-up in all categories will receive a copy of FD12.
(All times are estimated)
11.15 INTRODUCTIONS - ZANNA CARDASH AND ALEX HOLLISTER
11.30 2024 SPEAKER 1: TBC
2 EXPLAINING THE AFTERNOON - ZANNA CARDASH AND ALEX HOLLISTER
2.15 2024 SPEAKER 2: TBC
3.30 REFRESHMENT BREAK
4 EXCERPTS OF SELECTED SCRIPTS PERFORMED BY S&CO ACTORS
5.30 AWARDS CEREMONY
6 FOND FAREWELLS - OR JOIN US AT THE CURFEW PUB FOR NETWORKING!
After submissions close, and in exchange for a nominal £25 admin fee, we'll send judges' notes to any writer who reached the Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals or was a Finalist or Winner. The higher you were placed, the more comments you're likely to see. If you'd like to know what we said, and why you did or didn't progress further, just order your notes.
GETTING TO THE RONDO THEATRE
From Bath: take the A4 London Road towards Chippenham, passing Morrisons on your right, and carry on past a pedestrian crossing. Take the left turn into St Saviour’s Road, carry on past the church and The Rondo will be on your left . From the A46 and Chippenham: at the roundabout (at the end of the A46) take the A4 (London Road) towards Bath. Go through the first set of traffic lights. After the pelican crossing, take the first right turn into Beaufort Place. Drive to the end and turn right at the junction. The Rondo will be on your left.
There is limited parking on nearby residential streets and in the Oriel Hall car park, mostly free on Sundays.
ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
At the time of writing, bus number 7 runs from Bath's bus station (two minutes' walk from the train station) to Larkhall. Number 3 stops just five minutes from the theatre on the London Road, as do buses from Chippenham and Devizes. Alternatively, taxis are available to and from Bath Spa train station.
The theatre is equipped with an accessible toilet and there are no steps to access the foyer, auditorium or bar. Please let us know in advance if you need a front row seat or wheelchair space.
WHAT TO BRING
The Rondo bar serves soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as tea and coffee. No food is available, but small local shops and a Coop sell sandwiches and possibly take-aways (with Morrisons and their cafe/restaurant ten minutes away on foot), or you may wish to bring a packed lunch to eat in a nearby park.
We’re booking a nearby evening venue for anyone who wants to network and chill (very different to Netflixing and Chilling!) after all the day's excitement.
All in all, we're building another incredible event. And we can't wait to meet you!
And a great big thank you to our sponsors: