Summer 2024 show: Full stack – writers needed!

Full Stack is back! KDC Theatre’s new writing competition and summer show returns as a Festival of New Writing of rehearsed readings, and we need YOU!

The Festival of New Writing, “The Plan”, will take place on Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June at the Drayton Arms Theatre and we are looking for script submissions . Below is all the information you need, so read on.

  • Calling all writers!

We are asking you to submit your short plays, with the winning scripts making up our Festival of New Writing show, “The Plan”; a great opportunity to see directors and actors bring your words to life.

This year we’re asking for submissions with the same opening line:

“It’s not like we planned it.”

Any genre is welcome, and we’re not looking for identikit plays to a theme. Be as creative as you like with where your story goes from that first line!

Each winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading, with directors and actors drawn from a company created for the festival. The actors will sit in a line on chairs on stage, and have their scripts in their hands to read from. There will be no moving around (blocking), no costumes, and no props – unless extremely necessary and/or easy, which will have to be approved by the showrunner.

We want this to showcase as much new writing as we can fit into an evening so plays should be limited to a maximum of 8 minutes (6-7 pages) but you can submit as many scripts as you like. We will time each script and if they’re too long, we won’t be able to accept!

Be as flexible as you can with gender so we can assign both male and female presenting actors to your characters. 

Write for at least 2 characters (no monologues) and a maximum of 8 characters (doubling up is possible).

The deadline for submissions is 18 May 2024 and you can submit your scripts HERE. The selection committee will read all plays once the submission window closes and then get back to each writer with the outcome of the selection process.

Once we have our selection of short plays, we of course need directors and actors! This is an excellent show for new and starting directors and actors to get stuck in without the commitment and pressure of a full-length play. If you come on board, you will work on multiple short plays over the course of the rehearsal period.

Thank you to all those who applied to direct or act in the show – we have already received enough applications and are finalizing the line-ups.

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