Trans Comedy Award: Rites of Passage

Monday 25 February 2013, 15:42

Claire Parker Claire Parker Trans Comedian / Project Lead

We are in our last week folks and already your scripts are hitting the Writersroom in-trays. With a few days to go it just remains for me to wish you all good luck and remind you that the deadline is this Thursday the 28th of February at 5pm


It has been a great privilege to see everyone getting involved and asking questions from the Trans and Cis gendered among you. The questions have been varied and at time unexpected. I think we are going to have some amazing submissions from all over the world. Thank you to all your kind comments regarding my blog, I hope you enjoyed them and came away with that well worn cliche "Oh, I didn't know that".

So time for my last blog entry and while my life has not been extraordinary from a Trans perspective the one thing that brings us all together are new experiences. We (Trans people) just tend to forestall those affirming moments to later in life. So buckle up, get your dictionary out and make sure your sitting down cos it no holds barred as we delve into Rites of Passage and celebrate just what it means to be a woman .... click here for more over at the Trans Comedy Website Blog.

The Trans Comedy Award deadline for scripts is 5pm, this Thursday 28th February 2013 - find out more.

Claire Parker is a Trans stand up comedian and is project lead on the Trans Comedy Award.


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    Comment number 1.

    Thanks for that Clair, and the other observations and points. My mother gave me trouble early on, by not thinking about how embarrasing it all is, though thankfully not quite as loudly. My big problem in this is the paradox of trying to deal with something extrordinary while trying to make it seem ordinary and mundane, but also still sufficiently different to maybe be interesting.

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    Comment number 2.

    The results of this TransComedy search could be so niche in interest as to be rendered invisible.

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    Comment number 3.

    thelostdot - what you have written in that one paragraph, sums up both the limitations of a comedy search and the endless scope for drama within this subject.

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    Comment number 4.

    Thanks for your kind word thelostdot.

    I would suggest to FadeIn that a way to see where the comedy comes from is to look at the many trans comedians on the British circuit (we know of at lest 6) and see the audiences laughing and clapping. They manage to bring the comedy out by building bridges.


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    Comment number 5.

    I can only see this from the view point of the 'trans' people I know - they are uncomfortable with the definition, the dividing out. Seeing the funny is very hard.

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    Comment number 6.

    Thanks for that FadeIn and Clair. This was always going to be a bit of a problem if your non-trans, the phrase damned if you do, damned if you don't comes to mind, hopefully I always think goodwill can overcome that kind of stuff - it certainly seems to do OK for the Simpsons handling of very dodgy ground indeed sometimes. I always think that really the stuff any minority is actually the same problems as everybody else, but the oddity, whatever it is causes the application of common human failing and problems in whatever the unusual areas are asociated with that condition, so that's how I would approach it. when you look at it in this way I don't personally think the thing needs to be niche.

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    Comment number 7.

    @5 FadeIn " Seeing the funny is very hard." There is humour in every situation and this is no different. I've seen it from the inside. The comedy doesn't have to be laughing at the situation. It could be transgendered characters laughing at the insanity of the rest of the world as it interfaces with them. Which non transgender people can also find funny, so it doesn't have to be niche. FOr example Fawlty Towers didn't only appeal to manic hoteliers from Torquay. I know it isn't easy, but remember Tragedy + Time = Comedy.

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    Comment number 8.

    The recent Writer's Prize sought comedy along with everything else and what was received was dissapointing according to their blog post. That was a general, pick your topic call for entries.

    So the idea that you could shrink the scope of the comedy, to one niche area and then reap shed loads of brilliant, completely non-niche scripts doesn't make sense.

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    Comment number 9.

    Or even disappointing...

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    Comment number 10.

    While this is very niche fade in, it won't be my only effort, I was going to have a rest for about a month then write another thing (inc. a pantomime for eg.). I was on the no4 drama degree in the country, so I think that the idea that because it is niche it woud necessarily be poor quality is not true, and as I said, I shall be writing more now I just finished my degree through the OU Left due to costs and other things a little into my 2nd yr. I only worry that I didn't spend enough time rewriting and making the comedy more intensive (I've never known anything where i didn't have regrets after stuff). I am now myself gearing up towards comedy scripts, because it's what I'm into really, but goign through loads of old stuff Ronnie Barker fashion.

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    Comment number 11.

    thelostdot - the fact that it is an award focusing on comedy may have the opposite effect to the one that I have been worried about. Because comedy is the only option it may have resulted in entries that are more focused and comedy scripts that may have normally been entered into the general writersroom submission, may have been honed for the TCA.

    I could be completely wrong in my earlier complaints and I hope I am.

    Anyway, you are going to write a panto, OH, YES YOU ARE! Look forward to that!

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    Comment number 12.

    I don't really have enough knowledge of the situation to know FadeIn. How do you have this insight?! I'm very much a 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration person myself (though I've always strangely have more ideas than I can deal with!). I'm going to hav to start trying to find out where else you can send scripts because if they don't want mine (and with 300 entries there's going to be a good whack of chance in this I think), I have thought of lot's more I can work in, so would want to try it somewhere else, but greatly re-written. I'm yet another with a tendency to (though I don't have - I'm an ex-psychiatric nurse) OCD, so my methodical mind wants to rework through. Pantomime is ideal for this. Very little is new it's the situation it's put in, and strangely my giants wear these odd banker-like suits!


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