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Player Playwrights takes a break for Easter

The latest season of Player Playwrights’ events closed with a fascinating and enlightening evening in the company of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

The legendary writing partners shared their insights from decades of creating classic series for television and talked about their new book, Shooting The Pilot.

Player Playwrights’ online programme of readings and events restarts on Monday 19 April with ‘The Art of the Monologue’, a discussion and masterclass on writing the perfect monologue.

You could use the break to work on your entry for the next Player Playwrights competition for Members.

The theme is THEN AND NOW.

The brief: write a ten minute play on old chums meeting up who have not seen each other since their schooldays.

Their circumstances could be anything; happily or unhappily married; with/without kids; high-flying career, on the street, in prison. The sky's the limit!

The rules are as follows:

Entries to be emailed to competitions secretary, Giles Armstrong, at by Monday 26 April at the latest.

Reading time for each entry must not exceed ten minutes or fall short of five, to avoid disqualification.

Scripts to include two to four characters with a list of their names. The author's name must not appear on the script.

Authors may suggest casting, but the final choice will be absolutely at the discretion of the casting secretary.

Authors may have ONE read-through with the cast, and give the cast brief notes. Authors are responsible for arranging this.

The cast are asked not to reveal the names of authors, so that as far as possible these are not known.

Only the first ten entries to be received will be accepted for the competition but we may be able to arrange readings of surplus scripts on another occasion.

The scripts submitted to Giles will be the final one. No amendment of scripts will be permitted.

All our Monday night events are on Zoom for the foreseeable future.

Members get access to all events and can enter competitions as part of their membership.

If you are a Member, remember to renew your membership. If you want to become a Member, please join us.

We have frozen our annual membership costs. It remains at £12 for the first year with an £8 annual renewal fee.

To renew your membership or to become a member contact Tony Diggle on

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