Actually it’s not me who’s pint-sized but my script! My short play ‘Brought to Book’ is a winner in the 2013 Pint-Sized Plays competition. Pint-Sized Plays bring theatre into pubs by staging performances of the ten finalists’ scripts in various pubs around Tenby in Wales as part of Tenby Arts Festival. They then go on to take part in a ‘script slam’ with the winner taking home the coveted pint trophy. There were 250 entries from all around the world so I feel a great sense of achievement in being a finalist. I just wish Tenby wasn’t four and half hours away so I could go and watch!
The win marks a bit of a change of direction for me. I’m still writing (and submitting!) children’s fiction but my involvement in amateur dramatics has sparked a flurry of playwriting activity. I’ve discovered that it’s ideal if you like writing dialogue and hate description, like me! Searching for opportunities to submit is very different from finding a publisher. When you write a script you are writing for performance rather than publication, and there are plenty of young theatre companies looking for new scripts, either at certain times of the year or through competitions. Entry fees are rare but so is payment. The reward is getting your play performed rather than monetary recompense. The most useful site I have found for opportunities is Playwright’s Competition Calendar. You can browse by month according to when the competition expires. Well worth a look if you’re interested in script writing.