Every year, Script Yorkshire hold a scriptwriting competition called Script Factor. It’s open to anyone, usually has a theme and this year I heard about a last minute cancellation and snuck onto the bill of the York event.
The theme for my heat was ‘Going Solo’ and I wrote a 15 minute monologue called ‘The Grass Eater’, which you can download and read below. Thanks largely to the acting prowess of my good pal George Stagnell, I somehow won my heat! Which was honestly the last thing I was expecting to happen.
So, now I’m in the final.
The theme for the final is “Love’s Labours…” and it is stipulated your play must include a line of Shakespeare. I can also select my own actors and have maximum 1 hour of rehearsal prior to the event. I’ve been extremely fortunate to secure the services of three of my all-time favourite York actors: Andy Curry, Anna Rose James and Matt Pattison.
The final is at York City Screen Basement Bar at 7pm on Monday July 25th. I really hope you can come down, and if you like my play, vote for it – as it’s all on audience vote. I don’t expect to win as the competition is extremely prestigious, but I can’t wait to see my words being acted by talented performers in front of a capacity audience.
Wish me luck!Download The Grass Eater (118kb PDF)
Well, I didn’t win – but the standard of the other scripts was extremely high (as you would expect) – congrats to winner Catherine Dunn. My play went down very well and was superbly acted by Andy, Anna and Matt. It really did turn out exactly as I wanted, and I’m very proud of it. It was a great evening of new writing to a full house of appreciative theatregoers.
You can download and read my script below.Download Skeets (76kb PDF)