Springboard for new plays at Scarborough’s Wooden

Springboard Scriptwriters
Springboard Scriptwriters

Nine new short plays by emerging Scarborough writers are on the bill at Woodend in The Crescent, Scarborough.

Each of the three evenings of ‘script-in-hand’ rehearsed readings feature work by three writers covering topics as diverse as football hooliganism, Edith Sitwell and cruise liners in space.

The Springboard Scriptwritersw season starts on Friday October 2 at Woodend at 6.30pm.

The three plays are: Warn Torn LEGO by Elaine Brookes. The play explores how a soldier coming up to retirement feels.

“Writing this play has been a real challenge for me. I wanted to ensure that I portrayed the soldiers and their situations as accurately as possible,” said Elaine.

A Hornet’s Nest by Neil Arnott. “The play is set in 1983 at a time when football hooliganism was at its peak. For some young Watford fans their lives are about to change irrevocably.”

Family Portrait by Rosie Larner. “My inspiration for the play was the beautiful setting of Woodend, the Sitwell family home, where Springboard events take place. Family Portrait focuses on the childhood of poet Edith Sitwell and the divide between public image and private experience.”

Audience members are offered the opportunity (if they wish) to give direct, anonymous feedback on the plays they have watched. This provides interactive fun for the audience, and helps to improve the quality of the writing.

All of the plays have been workshopped through the scriptwriting course of the OutReachDepartment of Stephen Joseph Theatre under the tutorship of Alison Watt.

Other plays and dates in the Springboard season are

October 23: Plays by William Duffield, John Cooper and Colin Scales.

November 27:Plays by Stuart Larner, Paul Spencer and Michelle Watts.

Entrance costs £3 and soft drinks are available or you can bring your own bottle.

Tickets on: 01723 384500.