Supporting New writing is a key part of Putney Theatre Company's creative mission
Putney Theatre Company began presenting a New Writing showcase back in 2009 with Studio Shorts. Since then different members have taken responsibility for leading this initiative which involves: inviting submssions (usually around a theme), working with a creative writing team to provide feedback to writers to enable them to develop their scripts, selecting plays and inviting directors and overseeing the whole process to the final production stage. Plays are usually performed in our studio theatre although sometimes on the main stage as well. They provide a wonderful opportunity for members to try out different roles and try out directing.
Marcia Kelson - New Writing Lead 2013 - 2017
Marcia has been a member of PTC for many years and has acted, directed, stage managed and produced for the company. For a number of years she was also in charge of costumes at PTC and made the silk and velvet curtains for our main stage. She has written a number of plays herself including Shakespeare's Operating table which won the best new writing award in 2014, and Bed 13 which was performed by PTC at the OSO Arts Centre. In 2020 she had two short plays, The Plague Thing and Stranded, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe online which were awarded an OnComm – a new award recognising the best work online or broadcast during the Covid-19 lockdown. New Writing showcases she organised include: Fifty Shades of Funny and The Anniversary in 2014, Crime and Punishment and A Very Victorian Christmas in 2015 and Once Upon a Time in New Writing Land in 2016.
Amy Thurgood - New Writing Lead 2017-2018
Amy has been involved with PTC since 2010, primarily as a producer and event organiser. Before heading up the New Writing scheme in 2017/18 with shows Love in the Time of Tinder and Fate Expectations, she was part of the development team on several new writing projects as well as storylining and script editing the inaugural PTC pantomime Cinderellaland. She was also instrumental in producing the hugely successful Always Be Comedy nights. Outside the theatre, Amy is a television producer and development executive, working on shows such as Call The Midwife, Endeavour and McDonald & Dodds.
Rebecca Marangos – New Writing Lead 2018 - present
Rebecca joined the theatre working with the then Artistic Director as Stage Manager and soon after stepped into the New Writing Lead role coming up with a theme, selecting plays with her team and directing short plays. Revolutions in 2019 was Rebecca’s first New Writing showcase and directorial debut. Rebecca successfully organised the first live performance via Zoom of her second showcase Truth or Dare in 2020. She has also held workshops for the local community and started the "Friday Club" for Putney Arts Theatre which involved reading and discussing plays and acting out scenes through improvisation or text. Her background as an Acting Coach, Director and New Writing Lead has led to her working on an advisory level for new plays which will be showcased in the near future.
Below you will find competition details, and news about the winners and productions once the competition has closed.
PTC is very excited to introduce the theme for this season's New Writing: “It’s what’s inside that counts”.
It's a theme with many connotations – what's inside a person, a room, a box or even a cake! What are the secret ingredients we hold onto which will make a difference? Do we need to be reminded by others about what counts? Are we sure about knowing what's inside, or do we want to let fate decide what's important? Does this theme bring out thoughts of something within or is it something palpable on the outside? Is it aesthetically pleasing, or does it carry dark properties?
This season's PTC New Writing seeks new writing to inspire, to be thought-provoking and to expand on the idea that “it’s what’s inside that counts”. We wish to ignite discussions outside the constraints of the theatre. Your piece could be about political, social, economic or personal consequences.
We are not looking for any lockdown/isolation pieces related to the current climate, unless absolutely necessary for the progression of the piece. We are looking for pieces that bring us all together. There is no restriction on format for your piece. Use the state of society in your set time period to highlight the good and bad of a situation in those times. There has to be an objective to the writing, which can have a turn of events that gives way to your interpretation of “It’s what’s inside that counts”.
This year’s New Writing will be performed via Zoom, with the audience invited to the intimacy of the piece and the characters. Please write for a maximum of 4/5 actors. Pieces can be from 3 to 15 minutes.
The deadline for delivering your submission is 11 December 2020. We'll be taking successful submissions through two rounds of development to help make your script even better, with the final decision of pieces being made by December 2020 and performances in March 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Please send all submissions to email@example.com by 5pm on 11 December 2020. Any submissions after this point cannot be considered.
– Please submit your piece as a Word Document or PDF only. No other formats will be considered.
– Clearly title your piece, but do not put your contact details on the document itself. Our team read pieces anonymously to ensure fairness. Please do include your contact details (name, telephone number and email address) in your cover email.
– Shortlisted submissions will be notified before 30 December 2020; development of projects will begin in January 2020.