Once again, it’s that time of year when we look to writers to help us put together an evening of short plays for our Summer Shorts slot (13 – 17 August 2024). You don’t have to be an experienced writer or even an SLT member to write and submit, and you don’t have to direct the play yourself if you don’t want to (we’ll call for the directors once the plays are selected for those writers who don’t want to direct their own work). At this stage, we’re just looking for amazing new writing.*
We’re hugely excited to announce that our theme for this year is:
All plays selected will be written with a nod to that word. You can focus on the storm itself, be it a rain storm, snow storm, hail storm, sand storm, brain storm or even Twitter storm (we refuse to call it X). You could think of the calm before the storm, hide in the eye of the storm, ride out the storm, put your storm in a teacup, kick up a storm, cook up a storm, create a perfect storm, seek a port in a storm, come storming in, go storming out, provide shelter from the storm, or even include reference to Stormin’ Norman, Stormy Daniels, Stormzy or stormtroopers.
Whichever direction you go, note that we’re looking for a range of tone and genre for a varied evening’s entertainment. We want your writing to take us by storm, whether it be period or contemporary, comedy or drama, monologue or ensemble.
And it’s not all on you to conjure a mini-masterpiece, if that feels daunting. For those scripts that are shortlisted, we’ll also put on a couple of read-aloud workshops to give you the opportunity to hear your words spoken and receive some constructive feedback.
So pick out your pen, or get your keyboard clattering and put together a short play which fits the following important criteria – but please note – we’re getting ever-stricter on suitability criteria, so that we can pack in all the best plays and put on the swiftest, most seamless, stormy selection box we possibly can:
- Keep it short: It absolutely must be capable of being performed, beginning to end, in 10 minutes. (Or shorter is fine!)
- Keep it tight: Cast per play should not exceed 5 actors – we will have multiple casts all sharing the space backstage
- Keep it simple: Staging must be such that all props and furniture can be brought on and removed by the actors – think, a couple of chairs or the odd portable, personal prop – leave the set decoration and atmosphere to lighting and sound, or the audience’s imagination
- Keep it themed: Ensure that your text relates to and exhibits the Storm theme; don’t make the connection too oblique or too evidently shoehorn a previously-written play into the theme.
The first step is to let us know you intend to throw your hat into the ring – please complete this form by 28 February 2024. We’ll then want to see first drafts one month later to begin making our selections.
Here’s looking forward to getting caught in your storms.
Your SLT Shorts team for 2024
*This is an amateur performance showcase. Rights are not payable and submission of scripts will be taken as permission to perform the material according to SLT’s 2024 programme, without conditions.