A COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT
WELCOME TO FORWARD DIALOGUE
Just Some Theatre’s Forward Dialogue initiative invited writers of any experience to submit their unperformed and original scripts for developmental online readings with actors and directors in July.
We asked applicants to submit a full (unperformed) theatre script. Our team then selected ten submissions and each shortlisted writer will be given a £70 fee for participation in the next stage, a reading of an extract (chosen by the writer), and feedback from an online audience, actors and a dramaturg/director.
The next round will see three of those scripts taken further, with each writer receiving an extra £150, plus a further, more in depth script reading, after which a final script will be chosen and the writer awarded an £800 prize and the option of having actors develop the script further, supported by Just Some Theatre.
We will also be offering production advice and helping to springboard scripts into production when the theatre industry is operating again.
We're really pleased to announce the programme for Round One of Forward Dialogue. We were overwhelmed by the fantastic quality of so many of the scripts we received, and it was such a tough call to decide on ten to feature in the final lineup. Rehearsed readings will be taking place via Zoom starting on the 1st of July. Email us at if you're interested in joining us and providing feedback on the scripts.
July 1st: amoralplay by Chris Salt, Sky Blues by Helen Brandom, and Yes Chef by Laurie Ogden
July 2nd: Mr Ten Per Cent by Olu Alakija, Mora by Sian Ross, and Piss and Bile by Daniella Finch & Beth Wilson
July 3rd: Cowboys by Al Lockhart-Morley, Fools Gold by Matthew Gabrielli,
Raptors by Judy Upton, and Happy! by Charlotte Souter
After Round One is complete, we will be choosing three scripts to take forward for further development in Round Two. Script Sessions for Round Two will take place on Wednesday 8th July.
Forward Dialogue is being ran by Just Some Theatre, with the aim of developing new writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to help these scripts to have a further life once the theatre industry is up and running again, and to champion the writers behind them. If you'd like to know more, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forward Dialogue team - Francesca, Peter, Jake & Jordan
This project is funded by Arts Council England.