Monday 4 October 2010, 11:57
Getting down to a final list of six for the competition has been extremely difficult, and all of us involved in the selection have had to lose at least one favourite. It was that tight. However, we now have the six, and I have written today to the writers who made it through, and the ones who didn't.
So, in alpahbetical order, these are the scripts and writers.
Gypos by Daniel Brierly is about a family of Irish travellers who live under the Westway in London. Daniel is currently doing an MA in screen writing at the National Film and Television School.
Human, Right? by Tom Glover is set in a human rights charity. Tom has several theatre projects in development, including work with the National Theatre Studio.
New Money by Wally Jiagoo is about the fall-out from a work syndicate's lottery win. Wally is on the Royal Court Unheard Voices scheme, and works in film as well as theatre.
The God Committee by Sophie Petzal is about a young woman and the four potential fathers of her unborn baby. Sophie is studying scriptwriting at Bournemouth University, has worked in film and live comedy, and is also a journalist in print and online.
The Marvellous Ascendancy of Jerome J Knight by Nimer Rashed is the tale of a man plucked from obscurity and handed a position of power in a talent agency. Nimer has won awards for his work in film, theatre and non-fiction writing.
Champs by Ben Syder and Jonathan Wright is a slacker com about two flatmates. They both write and act for theatre and television, and have won awards for their work.
Each of the scripts has an individual voice, and each offers a diferent style of comedy, so it will be exciting to meet the writers at a workshop later this month and see how the scripts have progressed from ten pages to full length. We'll be reading each script aloud at the workshop and I hope throwing up thoughts so that the writers can produce new drafts in time for casting and planning the showcase on 4 December.
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