Following the success of RBL Theatre Company’s sell out launch and their 5 STAR (Remotegoat) Twelfth Night in the Minster, Off the Block is back and once again Reading’s “premier professional theatre company” (The Reading Post) are hosting the competition that will see one talented local writer have their work performed by RBL. With a company of actors and directors from many of our nation’s finest theatres, including the RSC, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and many more, this is an incredible opportunity for anyone with aspirations to write professionally in theatre.
“A feast of brilliant acting, superb writing and theatrical entertainment of the highest quality… Theatre in Reading is about to get very exciting indeed.” Off the Block 2012. The Reading Post
Off the Block is a hugely enjoyable, unique event that epitomises the adrenaline and challenge of performing live and it begins with ‘a writer’s relay’. RBL’s first writer will be given a start point from which their play must begin and 24 hours to write it. The end of this first play forms the start for our second writer, who again has 24 hours and so this continues over four days until four new short plays are created. On the fifth day, the professional company meet at 9.30am and must learn, rehearse and make ready their piece by 7.30pm, when the audience are seated and the lights go up.
In order to find our fourth writer and in keeping with our promise to promote and discover local talent, we are hosting Find a Reading Writer 2013.
The competition will be held on Sunday 28th April when, at 10am, applicants will be emailed a start point, such as ‘spying on someone’ or ‘on hold’ (which was the challenge of 2012) and have until 4pm to write a short, two minute play. All entries will then be read and judged by the RBL panel and all applicants will receive feedback.
The winner of the competition will then have the duty of writing the fourth play of Off the Block and their piece will be performed by the professional company on Friday 24th May in front of a paying audience.
If you believe that you’ve got what it takes and would like to enter the competition then please email Toby at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 26th April.
The winning writer must be free to write their play over the 24 hours between Thursday 23rd May, 7.30am and Friday 24th May, 7.30am.
Competition entries must be emailed to RBL by 4pm on competition day, Sunday 28th April.
Applicants must be over 18.
Competition entry deadline is 5pm on Friday 26th April.
Off the Block is on Friday 24th May at 7.30pm at South Street Arts Centre
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