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Stage to Page

Stage to Page is a voluntary collective of writers, directors and actors who meet monthly to conduct short public workshops of scenes from brand new plays.

This exploration of new writing is an opportunity for writers to be actively involved in an exciting workshop process, hear their work being read and get feedback from directors, actors and the audience.

It is led by a different guest each month, drawn from Scotland's thriving community of writers, directors and theatre practitioners.

Stage to Page is facilitated by Alex Cox, Linda Duncan McLaughlin, Fergus Mitchell, Sarah McCardie, Julie Tsang, George Docherty and Angie Cassidy with administrative support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.

When is Stage to Page on?

Stage to Page takes place on the last Monday of each month at 7pm, usually in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD, although sometimes the collective venture out to other cultural venues across the city. We ask everyone attending Stage to Page to pay a £3 entry fee which contributes to the cost of running the event. The next events are 

The next Stage to Page will be a special one-off event at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

  • Thursday 30 June 2016 (Submissions deadline: 5pm, Thursday 16 June 2016)
  • Guest: Rosie Kellagher
  • Venue: Traverse Theatre
  • Tickets: Tickets can be bought in advance and on the door
  • Monday 25 July 2016 (Submissions deadline: 5pm, Friday 15 July 2016)
  • Guest: Mike Cullen
  • Venue: CCA
  • Tickets: Tickets can be bought on the door

 

 

What happens at Stage to Page?

Stage One

Writers submit scenes. (One week before the event.)

Directors are selected (One week before the event)

Stage Two

Scenes are read anonymously by our guest and three will be selected to receive a short, one-hour workshop on the night of Stage to Page.

Stage Three - On the night!

6.30pm - Actors, directors and observers arrive, pay their £3 contribution then actors put their names in envelopes that describe the gender & age of the characters that best suit them.

7.00pm - Guest and evening introduced. Scenes are cast at random.

7.30-8.30pm - Scenes are developed for an hour in open rehearsals.

8.30-9.45pm - After a quick refreshment, scenes are read by the actors for the whole group. The Guest will then invite comment and feedback on the scenes.


How do I get involved?

Writers

Each submitted scene should read between 5 - 10 minutes (roughly 8 pages). You should read your piece aloud to check the timing fits within the limit. 

Each submitted entry should be formatted as follows:

  • 12pt font of your choice, but simple is best. No Wingdings.
  • Please include page numbers on your submission. 
  • Double-line spaced.
  • No more than 8 pages long (excluding a single title page, if you like).
  • Playwrights' name must NOT appear on the script.
  • In addition, writers should submit character descriptions, a short synopsis and up to three questions they would like to ask of the observers on the night. Please specify any vital casting information, such as required accent and character age at this point.
  • You may wish to use writing software such as Final Draft or Celtx (which is free) to help with the layout.

Submissions are anonymous. Please do not include your name anywhere on the document. 

Submissions should be sent to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk before the deadline.

If you want to resubmit the same scene to the following month's event, please send an email indicating this.

Please note, if your scene is selected, you are not eligible to submit for the following month (even if it's a different scene).

Directors

We are keen to hear from directors who have an interest in exploring new writing. Directors will be paired with the chosen writers and given the scripts before the event. You will get a chance to talk with the writer and discuss the script before the workshop.  

If you are a director and would like to volunteer for Stage to Page then please send your CV to: info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.

Actors 

If you are an actor and would like to experiment with new writing, then please come along on the night. The casting breakdowns are available when you register on the night. Simply put your name down for as many parts as you think you are suitable for.

Please think about the character descriptions provided by the writer before putting yourself forward for a part.

We will cast the scenes by pulling names out of an envelope.

Observers

We encourage people to come along to observe the workshops, hear the reading and take part in the discussion.  

Stage to Page is a relaxed networking opportunity and could help you develop your own script.  

Observers are welcome to turn up on the night and sign in.

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