Theatre opens doors to aspiring playwrights

Bob Charteris
Bob Charteris

Innaloo-based Stirling Players’ pilot evening in November will also teach new writers about script preparation, the role of directors and stage managers and community theatre ‘limitations’ such as stage and cast size and scene changes.

Convener Bob Charteris, of Woodvale, said the initiative would help new writers who faced problems getting their work performed.

‘It’s all very well reading scripts to yourself at home but, until you hear them performed by others, they are simply just scripts,’ he said.

‘At this stage, only full-length plays (roughly 85 to 110 minutes in length) will be considered for the pilot, although further sessions may be open to one-act plays.’

Mr Charteris, who has had several one-act plays performed in WA, said unperformed scripts of any genre, except musicals, were welcome.

‘An informal private reading with a few friends will not exclude a work from being submitted,’ he said.

Playwrights should call 0450 036 382 by September 30 for more information.