Script Accelerator 2017

Script Accelerator is a yearly programme designed to support emerging practitioners. 

 

“We run Script Accelerator because we are passionate about discovering emerging talent and giving a platform to upcoming artists” – Melli Marie, Creative Director

Producers

Each year producers, or theatre companies, are invited to pitch a particular play they would like to develop - and six are selected into the programme. 

Each successful applicant, along with their team, will be offered space for Rehearsal and Development in order to develop the script and prepare a twenty-minute extract of the play to be performed on the Park200 stage. The extracts will be performed on a Sunday and a Monday.

Pieces are selected on the merit of the script and, vitally, on future life potential. A number have previously gone on to perform our Park90 stage, including Storm In A Tea Cup, World Enough And Time and Happy To Help.
 

Script Accelerator is led by Creative Director Melli Marie with the opportunity for feedback from Artistic Director Jez Bond and Executive Director Rachael Williams. The programme will be facilitated by the Script Accelerator Coordinator. Each producer will be appointed a mentee to join their team. The mentee is matched with each producer based on their interests and the skills they are eager to develop.

Download the application pack here.
Submission deadline 24 July.

The shortlist will be announced 14 August and the final announcement 28 August.

Mentees

Mentees will be selected to support the teams with the rehearsal, development and delivery of their work. Mentees will be given the opportunity to assist and take part in the professional development process of a new piece of writing within a professional London theatre. Unfortunately no remuneration is currently available as a mentee.

You do not need any skills or experience to take part other than a keen interest in making and delivering theatre in a professional environment to a high standard.

Download the application pack here.
Submission deadline 18 Sept.

Rehearsal and Development

23rd October – 26th November 2017

Each successful applicant, along with their team, will be offered space for Rehearsal and Development in order to develop the script and prepare a twenty minute extract of the play to be performed on the Park200 stage. The extracts will be performed on a Sunday and a Monday.

During this period we will offer:

  •  Scheduled space within Park Theatre.
  •  Feedback from our Creative Director.
  •  Scheduled chances to be part of the wider Script Accelerator Cohort, sharing work and ideas.
  •  A dedicated mentee.
  •  Professional advice sessions from Park Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Directors.
  •  An opportunity for further discussion with Park Theatre staff to support you in budgeting for a production in Park90.

Public Showcase

19th -20th & 26th -27th November

Following the R & D the six teams will present a 20-minute extract of the play in-front of an audience on the Park200 stage.

During this period we will offer:

  • The Park200 stage on two performance days (for each team)
  • Marketing Support (via the website, our mailing list and social media)
  • Industry Invitations and RSVPs
  • A promotional video about the programme and all the producers involved 
  • Hosted feedback sessions with the audience after each performance
  • Feedback from Park Theatre’s Artistic Director
  • Comp tickets for all teams in order to view each other’s showcase piece.

The ‘performance’, which can either be a script in hand presentation or fully off-the-book, is to be with minimal props, basic sound and lighting only and no set. In order to achieve this each producer will be granted a technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal slot prior.

After the programme we will arrange a debrief with the Creative Director.

Availability

You must be available Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm for the four week rehearsal period.  The Programme Schedule will be distributed when finalists are selected. The finalised schedule will vary week to week. Companies may wish to complement our schedule with some space of their own finding to add more rehearsals. We can recommend some reasonably priced and local studios or participants may wish to find their own accommodation.

Archive

Click here to view the script accelerator archive from previous years.