Write Now 6 shorts

To launch the Write Now 6 Festival we will be performing seven short plays on May 9th, on the theme Lead Us.  Thought-provoking, heart warming and humourous, these plays are drawn from UK and International submissions.

We are pleased to announce this year’s shorts are:

Footprints by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
Four Interrogations by Maximillian Singh Gill
Queens of the Realm by Ian August
Roleplay by Nick Myles
The Catch by Tom Harvey
The Soldier by Chris Paxton
True Grit by Judy Upton

The shorts will be performed on Saturday May 9th at 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets go on sale next week!

Thank you to all playwrights who submitted to Write Now 6.

Write Now 6 Workshops

For Write Now 6, we pleased to welcome Anna Jordan (winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize) and Suzanne Gorman (Artistic Director of Maya Productions), to lead this year’s workshops, alongside David Bottomley (the Jack’s Literary Manager).

Big Adventures in Small Worlds. In this workshop we use automatic writing exercises, drawing on our past experiences to create authentic familiar worlds for our characters to inhabit. This ‘small world’ is then a safe place to explore a ‘big adventure’, allowing us to investigate challenging, scary and unwieldy themes and events. Led by Anna Jordan.
Saturday May 16th (1-3pm)

Synopsis Surgery. Get it right before you write! This workshop is about honing a workable blueprint for your play. Pitch and kick ideas around and get feedback from group discussion to move your play forward. Led by David Bottomley. Saturday May 23rd (1-3pm)

Inventing In/credible! Characters A practical look at how to craft truthful and believable characters with real potential to inspire great drama. Come with a character in mind or create one on the spot. Led by Suzanne Gorman. Saturday May 30th (1-3pm)

All workshops are just £5, and suitable for all experiences. Booking will be open from next week.

We are also delighted that George Turvey (Artistic Director of Papatango) will be joining us at the Jack as this year’s Write Now Dramaturg.

Write Now 6 playwrights announced

WN-logosThank you to all playwrights who submitted for Write Now 6. This year we received more scripts than in previous years, and they presented an excitingly diverse range of themes and original voices.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Write Now winners are:

rock paper scissors by Olga Nikora (full production)
Dog Country by Joseph Wilde
Caring is Sharing by Lucinda Burnett

Write Now 6 shortlist announced

Thank you to all playwrights who submitted plays for Write Now 6. This year we received more scripts than in previous years, and they have presented an excitingly diverse range of themes and original voices.

We have now read and reread your submissions and are delighted to announce our short list for Write Now 6:

Caring is Sharing by Lucinda Burnett
Dog Country by Joseph Wilde
RAIN by Heather Uprichard
rock paper scissors by Olga Nikora
The Boxers by Mohsen A. Shah

The final selections will be announced in early March 2015.

One selected play will be given a full production at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2015. Two further plays will be given a week’s workshop time and three staged readings during the Festival.

Write Now 6

The Jack Studio is delighted to announce we have received Arts Council funding for the third successive year for our Write Now Festival. The Festival will take place in May 2015, and is also supported by the London Borough of Lewisham and Acorn Estates Ltd.

Write Now 6

We are pleased to announce the launch of Write Now 6.

Please check out our Write Now pages for information on how to apply and send in your play.

The deadline for submissions for 2015 is Friday 30th January.

We look forward to reading your scripts!

Write Now 5

Thank you to everyone who took part in Write Now 5, making it such a successful and creative year at the Jack. And thank you also to our audience for supporting new writing, and to our sponsors for making it possible.

We hope to run Write Now 6 in April 2015. So please check back later in the year for updates about submission deadlines and taking part.

DogOrange at the Jack

The Jack Studio is pleased to announce that DogOrange Theatre has become our latest Associate Company at the Jack.  We are pleased to continue our commitment to collaborating with a company who bring imagination and fresh insights to their interpretations of the classics and stagings of rare revivals of Twentieth Century Theatre.

DogOrange is led by Artistic Director Matthew Parker, and Producer Cas Hodges.  We look forward to seeing two new productions being staged by DogOrange at the Jack in 2014.

Write Now 5

Thank you to all playwrights who have submitted for this year’s Festival. The deadline for submission of full length plays has now ended. We look forward to reading them! The shortlist will be on our web pages at the end of February.

We are also pleased to announce that the project has now received Grants for the Arts Funding, from Arts Council England. We’d like to thank them for supporting our work.


2014 at the Jack

We welcome you to our new year productions at the Jack. Our first 2014 brochure is now online, with information about our forthcoming performances.

2013 ended on a high at the Jack, with full houses and eight Off West End nominations for our Autumn Season and our Christmas production, The Mystery of Irma Vep. Thank you to all our audience and sponsors for your support throughout 2013. We hope to see you back at the Jack very soon.