SHORT LIST of nine scripts 2020

We are pleased to announce our short list of nine, evaluated anonymously by 33 readers out of  236 scripts submitted from 13 countries. These have now been forwarded to our judges: Jenny Seagrove and Joan Lane for their selection of the three finalists. Each writer has been informed.

10     Walkway                                        150    Motherland

60    The Killers                                       48     Only Human         

177  The Steps to the Stage                    174    Blood’s  Thicker          

88    Stand Up                                          74    Touch the Moon.

124   Batavian                                        

WELCOME ONBOARD TO OUR VERY EXPERIENCED JUDGES

JENNY SEAGROVE

As our judge for three of our Drama  Awards, we asked Jenny again because with her background and years of experience, her comments have been so relevant, positive and  encouraging for our writers, who have each told us of their gratitude.

Training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre experience  includes: The Exorcist (Phoenix),  How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Country Girl (Apollo), Volcano (Vaudeville); Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s); A Daughter’s a Daughter (Trafalgar Studios); Pack of Lies (UK tour); Absurd Person Singular (Garrick); The Letter (Wyndham’s); The Night of the Iguana (Lyric); The Secret Rapture (Lyric); The Constant Wife (Apollo and Lyric); The Female Odd Couple (Apollo); Brief Encounter (Lyric); Hamlet (Ludlow Festival); Hurlyburly (Queen’s, Peter Hall Company); Dead Guilty (Apollo); The Miracle Worker (Wyndham’s); Present Laughter (Gielgud); King Lear in New York (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Jane Eyre (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Film Experience includes: Off the Rails (to be released), Another Mother’s Son, Zoe, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, The Guardian, A Chorus of Disapproval, Appointment with Death, Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four, Local Hero, Miss Beatty’s Children, Nate and Hayes, Tattoo, To Hell and Back in Time for Breakfast and A Shocking Accident (Oscar for Best Short).

Television experience includes: Identity, Lewis, Endeavour, Judge John Deed, Casualty, Peak Practice, Deadly Games, The Eye of the Beholder, Incident at Victoria Falls, Magic Moments, Some Other Spring, The Betrothed, Hold the Dream, In Like Flynn, Killer, Lucy Walker, A Woman of Substance, Diana, The Woman in White and The Brack Report.

Jenny is also a trustee of the Born Free Foundation and is a founding trustee of Mane Chance Sanctuary.

Joan Lane 

Joan so enjoyed being one of our judges for 2018, that she was delighted to be asked again. 

She has worked in arts management and production for 30 years. We welcome her “on board” again and are very fortunate to have her.

Joan is known for having developed the film ‘The King’s Speech’, directed by Tom Hooper, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter - having been sent the stage play by writer David Seidler.  Following the introduction to several of Joan’s colleagues, David was persuaded to adapt the stage play to the iconic film it has become.

She trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, with a background as a music scholar. She has also worked as a vocal consultant. Her varied work in music, film and television exposed Joan to scripts and screenplays. With a background of language, Joan began to work with writer and edit scripts and screenplays. She now spends most of her working hours doing just that. Currently, a couple of TV series on which she has worked with first-time writers are under consideration and three films are expected to go into production in 2021-2022.  Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a couple of these films projects, and a stage play, to come to a (hopefully) temporary halt.

Her company, Wild Thyme Productions, has toured six innovative productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the UK and Germany and mounted world premiere showcases and readings of new plays and musicals in London. She is a member of Musical Theatre Network UK, concerned with the writing of new musicals, and a member of the British Shakespeare Association. 

Primarily engaged as a Consultant by the BBC, Joan’s skills were used for the recording, filming and Royal Opera House performance of ‘The Little Prince’. She was a director for BBC Radio Two and BBC Television’s New Talent UK-wide search for the ‘Voice of Musical Theatre’, involved with background music for the film ‘The Actors’, coordinated the participation of singing Angels for Stephen Fry’s directorial film debut ‘Bright Young Things’ and worked on the BBC’s Promenade Concert/Opera ‘The Water Diviner’s Tale’. 

As well as touring with her own company, Joan has worked on several plays at the National Theatre and toured plays with ATG, PW Productions and the Pleasance Theatre. She recommends scripts to Russian translator colleagues and two plays were produced in Russia recently, one at the renowned Art Theatre in Moscow. 

She is a regular Lecturer/Mentor on the Rocaberti Castle Writers’ Retreat which, like many organisations, is adapting to the current pandemic, and offering Webinars (online seminars) from some of the top people in screenwriting. (https://rocabertiwriters.com/retreats),

Wild Thyme Productions Ltd  [email protected]

Drama Writing Awards 2020 - The Long List

Script no.                                                               Script no,

189     This Time

154     The Frozen Honeymoon                                190      The Bus Station

10       Walkway                                                      109      Transgress

151     I’m Home                                                     4         The  Art Teacher

33       History Always Happens Tomorrow               158       Artist Unknown

27       Chicken for St. Patrick                                  68       Artistic  Licence

166     Life Goes On:  Drama in Sonnets                  226      Hacking Tyler

98       Occam’s Razor                                            206       Mink

60       The Killers                                                   46        Beauty Reflected -1976

48       Only Human                                                177       The Steps to the Stage

110     Said the Actress to the Robot                       133       The Bridge

174     Blood’s Thicker                                            88        Stand Up

24       Be Fruitful and Multiply                                74        Touch The Moon

124     Batavian                                                     150       Motherland

144     There’s this Old Flemish Proverb                  231      The Exit

           about   indifference…