Category Archives: Salisbury Playhouse

Playwriting Courses starting September

Writing for Stage – Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah 

7-9 Weds  starts 21 September

Kickstart your writing with these practical writing workshops. Learn the secrets of writing dialogue, creating characters and making a drama out of a crisis.  £89 for 10 sessions.

Book online or phone 01722 321744

                   ‘Fast, furious and fun’  Linda Morse

SHE WRITES has gone from strength to strength and welcomes new writers. All levels of experience welcome.

Fridays: 10 – 12.30 (7 per term) £125 (£105 concs)

Saturdays: 10 – 12.30 (4 per term) £105/95

Book online or phone 01722 320333

Emerging Playwrights Group for experienced writers

Saturdays monthly 2 – 4.30

Sessions are structured around the individual needs of the writers and include:

Ø  Reading and analysing each other’s scripts

Ø  Examining contemporary playtexts

Ø  Writing exercises

Ø  Revising and editing skills

Ø  Networking and submission information

Book online or phone 01722 320333

Topics may include: Differentiating Voices/Unheard Voices; Writing Leading Parts for Women, Exploring Structures, Stage Directions, Subtext, Theatricality, Comedy, Working with Actors.

Course leader: Angela Street holds an MA in Scriptwriting and is an experienced workshop leader with 25 years of experience working with scripts and writers throughout the South West.  

‘Astonishing, exciting, liberating’  Dawn Gorman, Poet

Coming up…save the dates

Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah @ Salisbury Arts Centre starts Weds 21 September, 7-9pm, in the Media Room. 10 week course covering all the basics of writing for theatre. New writers welcome – be prepared to play and take risks…

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre
Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

EMERGING WRITERS (Community Space, Salisbury Playhouse

Saturdays  (in blocks of 4) 2pm – 4.30pm

24 Sep,  29 Oct,  26 Nov, 10 Dec

14 January,  11 February,  11 March,  8 April

22 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July

SHE WRITES (Hawkings Lounge, Salisbury Playhouse) 10am – 12.30pm

Fridays (blocks of seven)

23, 30 Sep, 14, 28 Oct, 11, 25 Nov, 9, Dec

13, 27 Jan, 10, 24 Feb, 10, 24 March, 7 April,

21 April,  5, 19 May  2, 16, 30 June, 7 July

Saturdays (blocks of four)

24 Sep, 29 Oct,  26 Nov,  10 Dec

14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 March, 8 April

22 Apr,  6 May, 3 June,  1 July

More details coming soon – let me know if you’re interested so that I can keep track of numbers.

Salisbury Fringe Success!

Full house at The Pheasant

Full house at The Pheasant

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Fringe - Sat Eve

Joe Bossano and Roxy Dunn in CUTS by David Marrs

As you’ll see, I’m useless at uploading pix and arranging on a page… but you’ll get the general idea… There’s about 50 pix on the Facebook page of Salisbury Arts Centre Scriptwriters.

All pix by our friendly photographer, Tim Kidner

Nutshells and Scratch

In the interest of nutshells, and because I’m going on holiday next week (yippee) here’s the autumn from a squirrel’s perspective:

Emerging Writers, She Writes and Lymington Playwrights –  writers invited to have their first scene performed in a Scratch Night at Salisbury Playhouse on 4 November.

The Lymington group is embryonic T SP 065_edited-1and welcomes new and aspiring playwrights. Its links with Salisbury Playhouse mean that participants are invited to take part in Playhouse events along with She Writes and the Emerging group.

In response to the success of She Writes on Wednesday mornings, new this term is an Evening She Writes session on Thursdays from 7pm.

Follow links for more info on any of the above or email me

Watch This Writer

Marlborough playwright, John Yates reports:  “OUR SPACE is breaking out. Last year saw a reading at Theatre Bristol‘s Saturday Shorts and performances in Papercut Theatre‘s XY project curated by Melissa Dunne at Theatre503 with Bruce Adams directing. The piece has now been taken up by Ripped Script Theatre Company‘s Laura Jasper. Laura will be directing OUR SPACE for LOST Theatre‘s One Act Festival (showing on Thursday 24th May). She’s then taking it to the Exeter Ignite Festival (3-9 June). Meanwhile Melissa is including OUR SPACE in XY’s Edinburgh Fringe show at Pleasance.”   John is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at Salisbury Playhouse.

Congratulations to Linda Morse

I’m delighted to report that Linda Morse’s short play, Connie, has been selected for performance as part of an evening of new writing organised by Crooked Pieces Theatre Company at The Drayton Theatre, Old Brompton Road, London at 7.30pm on Sunday 12th August. Tickets £7. Come and support a fellow writer if you dare on the closing night of the Olympics.

As some of you will remember, Connie received a rehearsed reading as part of the Rocket Project at Salisbury Arts Centre in 2011. On Sunday Connie, the character, will again be played by Jan Wyld who has performed many times with the Doo Dahs at Salisbury Arts Centre and Ashley Wood Festival. Linda, who is a member of She Writes and the Emerging Writers Group, is also developing a full length play, A Shared Breath, with Jan Wyld and Laura Jasper.

Check out 17percent and Crooked Pieces here:  It’s worth signing up for their blog for the latest news and opportunities.

And for anyone on Facebook: “Crooked Pieces creates a platform for the female voice on stage, focusing in particular on established and emerging female playwrights.”


The Invisible Woman

Where have I been?  Where to start?  OK, I’ve witnessed Hideki Noda’s The Bee at the Soho, all lacky bands and scary red pencils; Hull Truck’s excellent production of DNA by Dennis Kelly at Salisbury Playhouse; Headlong’s Romeo and Juliet. Good stuff at the Playhouse recently. Could this be influence of new AD, Gareth Machin?  We do hope so.  Summer programmes arrived from Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Festival. I’m like a kid in a ballpond. There’s yer Tim Crouch, yer Paper Birds, yer Blind Summit, and yer Idle Motion. And the brillo Gecko at the Nuffield, Southampton. If you think theatre has limitations, go see Gecko. I love Gecko. I’m going to be very broke. Very soon. You heard it here first.

Scripts are in for the Rocket Project part 3 – Times Six. Let casting commence. David Haworth, Laura Jasper and Jon Nash are directing some off-the-wall pieces by Doo Dah writers: John Yates, Sally Whyte, Linda Morse, David Haworth, Andrew Thackeray. We’re hoping David Bowie will appear on the night. Mmmmm. That’s 7pm, 15 April, Salisbury Arts Centre, if you could let David know.

Tickets are nearly sold out for Dan Rebellato’s Writing for Devising workshop on 24 March at Salisbury Arts Centre. A good mix of writers and actors have signed up so the White Room should be a-buzzing.

Meanwhile, I’m involved in a nifty intergenerational project with Mind The Gap for the over 50s and Manor Fields Primary – we’re creating new Miffs out of old Miffs and this week the dragons are a-drumming. Where’s Harry Potter when you need him?

Finally, She Writes, newly formed at the Playhouse is up and a-running with 14 writers on a good day and still room for more. If you’re thinking of joining, send me an email