Something to Say

Someting to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh

From Theatre Gu Leòr and Birds of Paradise, Something to Say | Rudeigin ri Ràdh was a development opportunity that worked to amplify seldom-heard voices within radio drama – both Gaelic voices and those of Disabled people.

As a joint opportunity from Theatre Gu Leòr and Birds of Paradise, applications were received from Gaelic writers or Disabled writers. Theatre Gu Leòr worked with the Gaelic writers, while BOP worked with the Disabled writers. There were however moments of planned overlap throughout the delivery in order to share learning.

The opportunity was split into two strands:

  • Writer Development

Writer Development

From August to October 2020, the development strand delivered a series of skills building workshops and advice sessions with experts in playwriting and radio drama in order to develop your skills.

The series included workshops for both the Gaelic and Disabled groups, and with workshops where the groups worked independently from each other. Below is the schedule for the group of disabled artists working with BOP.

Meet the BOP group:

Left to Right: Emily Ingram, Karis Willamson, Rebecca Hogan, Sorcha Pringle

Schedule:

31st AugustWriting Skills 1 : Oliver Emanuel (with Gaelic group)
11th SeptemberDeveloping Disabled Characters : Robert Softley Gale
18th SeptemberHome Recording Skills : Garry Robson & Heather Andrews
6th OctoberWriting Skills 2 : Oliver Emanuel (with Gaelic group)

Writer Commissions

In October 2020, BOP launched it’s call out for three radio play commissions, from disabled writers. The writers needed to have a proven track record of creative writing, but this could be in any writing form; poetry, literature, theatre. Other key aspects about the commissions are they had to be monologues or duologues only and they had to be fifteen minutes in length. See the ‘Call Out Archive’ drop down box below, for full details of the call out.

The three newly commissioned plays will be available to listen to via our broadcast partner, independent community Edinburgh radio station, EH-FM, date to be confirmed.

We will anounce more information about each of the writer’s short plays later in 2021.

Meet the successful writers

From left to right: Áine King, Gabriella Sloss, Jen McGregor

Áine King bio

Áine is a dramatist, director and designer. An irish East-Ender, she studied at St Martin’s School Of Art, the universities of Brighton and Sussex and at R.A.D.A. Theatre work includes Gunn Woman as part of Women’s Writes at The Arcola Theatre, March 2020, Mother’s Pride at the Chapel Playhouse, Battlesong at the Rialto, Brighton, Flotsam at Theatre Deli and Rum Shack, Glasgow, Grambo as part of Faces of the Day, Southwark Playhouse, Dracula at the Latest Bar, Brighton and Hard Chair Stories at the Rose Theatre, Bankside. Radio work includes Sister Act and Serenade for Supersoundscotland’s Writer’s Block and Gunn Woman for Radio Reverb, Brighton. Her immersive, mad-house ensemble adaptation of Dracula for Otherplace Productions in 2011 won her a Fringe Report award for Best Auteur. Many of her works for theatre are based on real-life stories of working class women. Áine now lives in the Orkney Islands.

Visit Áine’s website here

Gabriella Sloss bio

Gabriella is a Glasgow-based playwright, and founding member of the theatre company That’s What She Said Theatre. She was a part of the 2019 Playwright Studio Scotland Mentoring Programme, mentored by Morna Pearson. Her play Good Sex After Bad Sex was performed at Assembly Roxy (Edinburgh, 2019), and her play 787 Blinks was performedas part of the Pride Plays Festival (Traverse Theatre). 

She has a commitment to writing work which is feminist and inherently sex-positive, and as such holds SCQF and CPD qualifications in Sexual Health Training and HIV Awareness. 

Jen McGregor bio

Jen McGregor is a writer and spoken word artist, trained at Mountview and mentored by Rob Drummond through Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. Her play Heaven Burns won the Assembly Roxy Theatre Award in 2018. She is writer in residence with Fronteiras Theatre Lab, with whom she is developing three plays – Volante (sharings at Hothouse @ Traverse and EMSF, recipient of a Tom McGrath award), Canto X (sharing at Manipulate 2020), and Screech (initial development through Stellar Quines’ Make Do & Mend). She is currently working on Fragmental, her first full-length spoken word show about living with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, with support from Playwrights Studio Scotland and Creative Scotland’s Create: Inclusion fund. 

Visit Jen’s website here

Call Out Archive

The Commission

We will commission three writers to write a 15 minute radio play (monologue or duologue only). 

Writing:

As this is a commission, you will be expected to write this play without any support. We have requested a draft submission at which point we will offer feedback.

Production:

Once the finished script has been submitted, BOP will be responsible for producing the script into a finished radio play. While we will be happy to involve the writer in this process, we reserve the right to have the final say on specific production elements including direction and casting.

Fee:

For each 15 minute play we will pay the writer a fee of £1010.00 – this is inline with BBC rate for radio drama of £67.23 per minute for beginner writers.

Broadcast:

The finished plays will be broadcast on EH-FM (date tbc) and will be available on their website for twelve months from the broadcast date.

The finished plays will also be made available through the BOP podcast channel ‘BOP on the Wire’, available on various podcast platforms and hosted on our website. We will retain the right to continue to host the radio plays on our website in perpetuity.  All rights remain with the writer.

Timeline

Monday 12 October, 2020Applications open
Sunday 21 November, 2020Applications close
Monday 30 November, 2020Successful commissions announced
Monday 11 January, 2021Draft submission deadline
Monday 1 February, 2021Final submission deadline

Eligibility

To be eligible for this opportunity you must:

  • Identify as disabled, please see here for how we define disabled
  • Be based in Scotland
  • Have a proven track record of creative writing, this does not need to be radio plays
  • Be able to commit to the timeline, outlined above

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit a 500 word outline of the play you would like to write plus at least two examples of your writing.

Outline:

The outline should be a short summary of the story you want to tell. It could include a brief synopsis of the narrative, character descriptions and what your motivations are for wanting to tell this story.  Whether it is a monologue or duologue should also be explained at this stage.

The play must be a monologue or duologue

Writing examples:

For the examples of your writing, you can submit files of your written work (for example, a Word document) or video / audio recordings of your writing being performed (for example, a filmed performance of a play you wrote).

For video and audio recordings, you may send us the recording as a file or provide a link to where the file is hosted online. 

If the recording is quite long (for example, a whole play) please identify a short section that you feel best represents your work – i.e. if you sent us a link to a recording of a full length play, you could say “Please watch the section from 48 minutes – 56 minutes.”

The writing examples can be previous plays you have written but they could also be poetry, literature, comedy or anything else creative.

Please do not submit journalistic or academic writing – we want you to demonstrate your storytelling and creative skills.

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