Jermyn Street Theatre- Call for applications by female playwrights

TOMORROW AT NOON

A TRIPTYCH OF NEW PLAYS BY WOMEN REPLYING TO NOEL COWARD’S TONIGHT AT 8.30

Three female playwrights will each receive a £1000 commissioning fee, dramaturgical support to write a new one-act play, a fully professional production, and the offer of publication by Oberon Books.

In late spring 2018, Jermyn Street Theatre is reviving Noel Coward’s TONIGHT AT 8.30. This is the first time in London since 1936 that all nine of Coward’s one-act plays will have been performed together. Audiences will be able to attend trilogy days on Saturdays and Sundays featuring all three cycles of three plays each.

TONIGHT AT 8.30 explores themes of loneliness, relationships, family, fidelity, marriage, and performance. It does so with deep compassion and Coward’s characteristically sparkling wit.

Playing in repertory with TONIGHT AT 8.30 will be a new trio of one-act plays: Tomorrow at Noon. Tomorrow at Noon will be a contemporary female response to Tonight at 8.30. Perhaps engaging with the mood, themes, characters or plot of one or more of the TONIGHT AT 8.30 plays, each of the three Tomorrow at Noon plays will offer a vibrant 2018 reply.

Three female playwrights will be given:

Dramaturgical support to write a new one-act play during January – March 2018

A £1000 commissioning fee

The offer of a non-exclusive publishing deal with Oberon Books

A professional production, featuring three actors, which will play in rep for five weeks with TONIGHT AT 8.30 during late spring 2018

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Anyone of any age and experience level who identifies as female.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications to write for Tomorrow at Noon will be anonymous. This is to generate the most open process possible.

Rather than read full-length plays of all styles, the theatre would like applicants to read Noel Coward’s play Still Life (which was later adapted to become the film Brief Encounter). In Still Life, a married woman, Laura, meets a doctor, Alec, in a railway waiting-room. They embark on a year-long affair which they finally agree must end. Meanwhile, in a sub-plot, an altogether different relationship plays out between Myrtle and Albert.

Please then submit 

A maximum five-page sample scene (it needn’t be the beginning) of a play responding to Still Life, and a maximum one-page synopsis for your play, which explains where your scene fits in. The theatre encourages you to put women at the heart of your submission and to think diversely about casting. Most crucially they want to hear your voice and your story, not an imitation of Coward’s.

 

Deadline for submission- 5pm Friday 10th November

For more information and to apply please go to http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/jobs/?doing_wp_cron=1509469136.8318879604339599609375

 

Published on:
2 Nov 2017

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