The Ru Paul’s Drag Race of New Writing
Running episodically at the Arcola Theatre from 23rd – 29th January 2018
Script Development … but NOT as you know it.
SLAM is offering the opportunity for you to develop a new work LIVE at the Arcola Theatre. With the winner receiving a full staging…
Writing is a lonely task. How do we ever know if we’re as funny as we think we are? If the reader will get it? If the point we’re trying to make actually lands, or whether it flails somewhere mid-air?
Sure, we can keep our fingers crossed that when we send it off we’ll get a meaty enough chunk of feedback to make the ultimate difference. We can shell out for an R & D, or just pizza and wine while we get our mates to read through it with a fine tooth comb in our under-sized writer kitchens. We scratch portions of it here and scraps of it there, getting instant reactions, multiple feedback from audiences and just the damn right relief of getting it somewhere on its feet.
Or … you can do all of the above – but better. Here’s how …
SLAM Soaps at the Arcola Theatre
Episode One: 5 Writers are selected to show the elusive ‘First 10 Pages’: the 10 we all know is our chance to get past level 1: The Reader. We will give you feedback in the run up to it, as well as the opportunity to play with it and develop it with some of our actors.
Here’s the challenge: those 5 writers will then have 10 minutes to impress a live audience with their opening. Because (drum roll please) the audience will vote for their favourite. There can only be 1 winner and 1 wildcard, who will be invited back to present their next 10 pages, the following night.
Episode Two: We keep rolling, the two writers voted through will present their next 10 minutes. Alongside three new contestants. The feedback and rehearsals continue. But now some are fighting to be put through for part 3 of their script and others are fighting for part 2.
And so it goes until Across 4 consecutive nights. Until the grand finale (Episode 5) in which the three writers who stacked up the most amount of minutes will go head to head and the audience will vote for ONE winner who will have their whole piece staged at Arcola on Saturday 10th February.
What We Are Looking For:
Submit: an existing script, minimum of 60 pages, maximum cast of 6, that you are looking to develop.
Deadline: 7th January 2018.
Must be available on performance dates 23rd-29th January and 10th February.
All writers will be given proper feedback on their scripts.
Writers will be given a minute to pitch their play for votes at the end of each performance.