The Biggest Weekend - Monologues

Category: Cross Platform

Comedy Monologues | The Biggest Weekend from the BBC | Deadline: Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 12 noon

‘This one time, at a music festival…’

Budding comedy writers, we are offering you the chance to gain your first BBC credit! If you can write a funny 60 second monologue film based on the theme of music festivals and have a strong knowledge of our festival cities, then keep reading.

BBC Writersroom and The Biggest Weekend are joining forces to develop and produce four short films across the four nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), written by you, as part of The Biggest Weekend’s Fringe.

This is your chance to bring bold and original comedy ideas to life and have your words performed and filmed by professionals. 

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

We want comedic monologue scripts, no longer than one page/60 seconds in duration that tell a satisfying story about a funny moment/incident/character/situation that relates specifically to music festivals. 

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR

We want funny monologues so avoid ideas that are spoken word, poetry pieces or factual accounts. It must feel like a complete story with a beginning, middle and end.  Think of a moment in time through the eyes of an intriguing character, driven by comedy and place. 

Step 1: Pick a Biggest Weekend festival location to set your script in

  • Belfast – Titanic Slipways (grassy area at the front of the Titanic Museum)
  • Perth – Scone Palace (exterior)
  • Coventry – War Memorial Park
  • Swansea – Singleton Park 

You need to have some knowledge of these locations and cities, so that it is reflected in your script.

Step 2: Create your character

We don’t want to see autobiographical spoken word pieces. This is your chance to create your own unique, fully realised character and see them come alive on screen.

Step 3: Think of a funny story/situation to put your character in

Your story can be inspired by funny experiences, moments observed, or be completely made up. What happens? What makes it funny? How are you going to bring out the humour? 

Remember - keep your chosen location in mind. Why does this moment happen in this place?  Who is it happening to? Your character needs to be central to the story you are telling. Know who they are and practise writing in their voice before making a start, if you need to.

Step 4. Choose a song, by one of the following BBC Music Introducing artists, for the score of your film

The music should complement your film and enhance the tone rather than detracting from the story you are trying to tell. Listen to all the songs below.

Step 5: Write your film

Submit a first draft of your script along with a short expression of interest (no longer than 500 words) telling us why you would like to be involved in the scheme.

Deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 8th May 2018 

Before entering please make sure you read the full terms and conditions.

What happens next?

All applicants will be notified with their outcome by email by 6pm on Thursday 10th May

If selected, you will need to be available to attend the writing workshops on Monday 14th May from 11am-4pm (for longlisted writers) and Tuesday 15th May from 10am-6pm (for shortlisted writers) in the location that you submitted to, as follows:

  • Scotland – BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA or Perth location TBC 
  • Northern Ireland - BBC Blackstaff House, 62-66 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BZ 
  • Wales - BBC Wales, Broadcasting House, Llantrisant Road, Llandaff 
  • England - BBC West Midlands, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF 

The workshops will take place from 11am-4pm on Monday, 10am-6pm on Tuesday and will be a unique opportunity to find out more about writing short online content. During the workshops you will have the chance to redraft your monologue script and receive feedback and guidance from the BBC Writersroom. 

(Times may be subject to change, but you will be notified of any such changes as early as possible) 

There are up to 10 places available for day one in each location. The most promising writers will be selected to attend the first workshop on Monday 14th May and a shortlist will be invited back to attend a script development day on Tuesday 15th May -  so you must be available on these dates if you’re interested in applying. 

Writers must be able to make their own way to and from workshops. You must consider this when choosing which location to submit your script to. Exceptional circumstances will be considered, but this must be discussed with the team after invites are received. 

The selected monologues will be performed by local actors and the final films will premiere on the live event screens across The Biggest Weekend festival. They will then be published across selected BBC sites and Social Media pages. The finalists will also receive a FREE TICKET to The Biggest Weekend in their film city on: 

For inspiration, please take a look at the 1Xtra Live Monologues and BBC Asian Network Live Monologues

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