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Short Plays at Woodend Provide 'Springboard' For Emerging Scriptwriters

Springboard Scriptwriters Trio © Charles Spencer

Nine brand new short plays by emerging Scarborough writers can be seen at Woodend Gallery, Scarborough over the next few months.

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

The new season starts on Friday 2nd October at Woodend on The Crescent in Scarborough at 6.30pm. Entrance costs £3 and soft drinks are available to purchase, or you can bring your own bottle.

Springboard Scriptwriters are organising the events and their aim is to entertain and explore issues through sharing of original work. However, unlike standard rehearsed script readings, the 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 writing.

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

The three plays on 2nd October are by Elaine Brookes, Neil Arnott and Rosie Larner.

‘Warn Torn Lego’ by Elaine Brookes 

Elaine started writing 4 years ago after she took early retirement. She joined a play writing course at the SJT as up until then, all she had written were work reports and documents! Her play explores how a soldier coming up to retirement feels about walking away from the responsibilities he has lived and worked with all his professional life.

Elaine says:

"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."

‘A Hornet’s Nest’ by Neil Arnott

Neil says:

"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."

Neil has been writing murder mystery evenings for over twenty years with over thirty different plots, but only started writing plays in 2014. His first play ‘Best Served Cold’ was performed at SJT in Feb 2015 as part of Plays and Pinot.

‘Family Portrait’ by Rosie Larner

Rosie has written and performed work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and previously was co-leader of an experimental drama workshop which provided group support, preparing members for external LAMDA awards.

Rosie says:

"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 the acclaimed poet Edith Sitwell and the divide between public image and private experience."

The full Springboard season is:

2nd October – Plays by Elaine Brookes, Neil Arnott and Rosie Larner.
23rd October – Plays by William Duffield, John Cooper and Colin Scales.
27th November – Plays by Stuart Larner, Paul Spencer and Michelle Watts.

Bookings can be made by ringing Woodend on 01723 384500. Further information is available at:

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