Room to Write / Fast and Funny
For me the initiative has been a fantastic opportunity to meet other writers and an invaluable chance to develop a sitcom script under expert guidanceKeiron Nicholson
An opportunity to work with BBC Scotland's Comedy Production team and to be part of the next wave of Scottish comedy shows.
Room to Write was a 2014/15 BBC Comedy and BBC Writersroom initiative, to select a group of comedy writers to work with BBC Scotland’s Comedy Production team and each other, in creating the next wave of Scottish comedy shows. It was a rare opportunity to learn from some great people, including writers Jack Docherty and Susan Calman, and to be part of an exclusive online comedy writing forum. The selected writers had the chance to develop their scripts, gain excellent feedback and have their work read by Comedy Producers.
In May 2014 BBC Comedy ran workshops in Scotland led by BBC Comedy experts which provided useful tips and suggestions of how aspiring writers could submit their work for consideration. It was a great opportunity to find out the kind of material BBC Comedy were looking for, the best ways to make your script stand out and more information about Room to Write.
Twenty two writers were selected from the material submitted and have been working closely with BBC Comedy Scotland to develop their ideas for Scottish Comedy Shows. They were involved in a series of exciting comedy writing challenges and workshops through 2014 with feedback from the BBC Scotland Comedy team. All selected writers were invited to join an exclusive online comedy writing forum to share ideas and comment, feedback and support each other.
The Room to Write writers: Jennifer Blyth, Sandy Boutell, Bridget Burgoyne, Stephen Callaghan, Eddie Cassidy, Gerrard Curran, Gavin Grant, Kim Griffin, Barry Hutchison, Sami Kouser, Salma Kouser, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd, Sophie McCook, Martin McCormick, Eleanor Morton, Keiron Nicholson, Ed O'Meara, Jim Park, Sharnti Phillips, James Rose, Charlotte Smith, Jim Smith.
Room to Write culminated in twenty-one Monolaugh sketches, which were produced and filmed:
Room to Write returned in 2016 as Fast & Funny
Room to Write
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21 new Comedy sketches from BBC Scotland Comedy and BBC Writersroom's Room to Write.
Fast & Funny
We worked directly with 12 individuals to develop their skills and publish their funny work online throughout 2016.
These fantastic writer/performers worked with a variety of comedy professionals across the year including a masterclass led by Robert Florence, star of hugely popular sketch show Burnistoun and creator of multiple online hits including BBC Scotland digital series Rab’s First Footer.
The 12 writers on the Fast and Funny scheme: Ally Houston, Annabel Logan, Derek Smith, Gavin Grant, Graham Hughes, John Speirs, Nathan Byrne, Patrick Kondracki, Rachel Jackson, Sandy Bouttell, Stephen Buchanan, Susan Riddell
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Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read this script from the BBC Radio Drama archive.