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3. Three Shorts, Write Faster and the Alphabetti Christmas Cabaret

We’re serious about offering progression and commissioning opportunities to writers. That’s why Write Something graduates will be given the opportunity to be considered as participants in Write Faster, or as writers for the Alphabetti Christmas Cabaret and our September 2019 production Three Shorts.

Write Faster is a popular night of inventive seat-of-your pants theatre making, involving writers and actors making up a new play on the spot. In 2019 we will be giving Just Write participants the chance to take part and receive a small fee as reward for having a crazy-fun night.

Three Shorts was Alphabetti’s first in-house production at our former venue – upstairs at the Dog and Parrot pub – in 2013. The writers were Janet Plater, Louise Taylor and our Artistic Director Ali Pritchard. Each produced a quality original short play, around 30 minutes in length linked by the theme of clothing. We haven’t decided our 2019 theme yet, but the format is the same and the show will run for a week in September to open our autumn season. We will be commissioning 3 new writers from the Just Write programme and paying each a fee.

Alphabetti’s Christmas Cabaret is an established alternative to the usual festive fayre. It consists of 3 one-person plays that take a fresh, often left-field, look at the present-giving mayhem that descends on us every December. Previous writers include Gary Kitching, Steve Byron, Mhairi Ledgerwood, Michael Brown and Christina Dawson. We will be commissioning 3 new writers for December 2019, with a fee each.

Every writer commissioned will receive dramaturgical support from the Just Write creative team, or Alphabetti Theatre, and be part of making some fantastic theatre productions.

If these opportunities interest you, then you’ll need to have taken part in the Write Something course first. We will let those writers know about submission deadlines and criteria throughout the year.

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