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Wednesday 4 June 2014, 15:10
We live in digital world. But you knew that – you’re reading a blog after all. BBC Writersroom knows that too and is very keen for writers to move with the times, so much so that it’s got several innovations, as well as their digital e-submission Script Room process, to encourage writers, theatres and storytellers to boldy go (etc).
The Space Prize
First up is the Space Prize, which was announced by Tony Hall at the BBC Arts launch at the end of last year. A partnership between BBC Writersroom and The Art’s Council’s digital project The Space it challenges Theatres across the UK to come up with an original piece of theatre made specifically for the web, to be housed on The Space:
“Immersive, imaginative, innovative – we are seeking new ways of working with writers and storytelling that will provide The Space with a unique piece of work.”
The winning theatre will take home a £20,000 prize to further develop their proposal for showcase on The Space. Submissions will be judged by film and theatre director Stephen Daldry, Ruth Mackenzie (CEO The Space) and Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director, New Writing).
Interested theatres need to:
FUTURE TALENT workshops
Finally, for storytellers in the West Midlands with a desire to create their own ‘webisode’ there’s an exciting opportunity to join a Writersroom workshop later this month:
Aimed at young creative types who want to write, produce, perform, direct and edit their own pilot webisode (solo or with friends) that could be turned into an online series, these free workshops will offer tips on what makes great short form drama/comedy content. What’s more the best web pilots and digital interactive ideas will be showcased online and the winners will be given the chance to develop the series idea through BBC Writersroom.
Workshops are in Birmingham on 18 June, 21 June and 23 June 2014, and you can find out more and book your free ticket on the Writersroom website.
I’ll be attending the TV Writers Festival in July and writing a blog about it, so watch this space, and you can read my blog about last year’s festival here.
Hannah Khalil is Digital Producer for About the BBC Website and Blog