I’ve been undertaking a CPD course over the summer at my old university. It’s called Scriptwriting in Practice, and it’s being run in conjunction with Northwest Playwrights, and I’m really enjoying it. The ultimate aim of the course is for us to produce a 45 minute script, either for TV, stage, radio or film. I picked stage, because I’ve never done it before and thought it would make an interesting challenge.
Speaking to an old teacher about the process, she encouraged me to have a go at producing the play myself once it’s finished. She did this herself for the first time this year and knows several others who’ve done the same, and assures me it’s not quite as terrifying as it sounds! (almost, but not quite)
My first reaction was to panic and shout, I could never do that! But why not? I work in marketing so I know how to market the show – the writing will already be done – the terrifying part for me is getting hold of a director and actors, and somehow making it financially feasible. Putting it on somewhere cheap like Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre, or even at Nexus Art Café where I distribute CAKE.shortandsweet and hold the writers’ circle, could prove really doable. The play involves pretty minimal staging and would function on a small stage.
Does anyone have experience in any of this? And for those in Manchester – would you come to see my play? 😀