We’re excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Bright Productions and Drama Fish in Lochaber - AND Full Table Productions in Plymouth - as well as some other amazing partners up and down the UK and internationally - to bring The Connect Project to life!
We're looking to bring together writers, actors and directors from different locations to work in small teams and produce a solo video of a monologue, short story or poem.
We're accepting short stories, monologues and poetry around the topic of lockdown. Writers of the selected pieces will be put into a zoom group with an actor and director and together they'll get the piece ready to be recorded on video. Those videos will be released on social media as part of The Connect Project.
Why? As this is a project we're all taking on in our own time (unpaid) we're aiming to explore connecting and creativity. We want to provide a platform for writers to write, actors to act and directors to direct. Our aim is to create a kind and safe space for writers to explore their voice and work with new people. We want to take advantage of the ability we all have to meet virtually and explore ways of working digitally.
Writing Theme The Lockdown theme is really broad. You can mention the pandemic as much or as little as you want. You might want to explore something else you've been thinking about during this strange year or you might want to write something completely different. Your writing can be fictional - but it should really say something about lockdown (so we're not looking to have lots of Westerns, for example). We think that this project would work especially well for 1st person stories that feel more like monologues.
Tech You'd need access to a computer for Zoom meetings with your group (Cast Iron will always host these - if you're a writer or director who is under 18, we'll also be visually 'in the room' with you and other people). If you're acting - you'll need to use a phone camera and be able to send the footage to Cast Iron. As we'll be sharing the footage across social media,if you're under 18, we're sorry but we won't be able to have you act this time.
If you want to act or direct get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timings Send your writing by 8pm Sunday 5th July to email@example.com short story (max 1,000 words) poem (max 5mins read aloud) monologue (max 1,000 words)
If your work isn't selected we'll give you feedback and we'll look into doing a second round of videos in autumn. We're going to be led by what you want from this project.
Rehearsals (max 3 x 1 hour) weekend/evenings (depending on your availability) During August
Videos released - Early September
Cast Iron in July...
At Cast Iron, we've been sharing work across our podcast and other digital channels for years and we're still going strong! Here's what's happening in July...
ACTING CLASS Via Zoom every Tuesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm We've been teaching this digital drop-in class since April. We’re pleased to be able to take bookings in advance for July. At just £2.50 per two hour session (or pay what you can) these weekly classes are fun, silly and a welcoming place to be. Expect zoom-friendly improv and acting games to brighten your Tuesday evening. BOOK YOUR PLACE by clicking the link to email us.
BRIGHT ONIONS Every Wednesday Throughout July we'll be continuing to film little videos where we chat about things that make us happy during this strange time. If you like book nooks, binge watching boxsets and the design of forks, these little videos are for you. WATCH them all on our Facebook or YouTube - Cast Iron Brighton
FRIDAY NIGHT INTERVIEWS Every Friday Tune into our social media to watch our new Friday Night Interviews with the creatives, makers and indie businesses of Brighton and beyond. A slice of art, culture and catching up with all your favourite people. It'll be a bit like the Cast Iron Theatre Podcast but on TV... sort of. VISIT our Twitter or Instagram or Facebook for more info! _____________________________________________________
And, in other news...
A WHISPER FROM ME TO YOU ANDREW ALLEN'S NEW BOOK IS OUT NOW! Ten short stories from the writer of Year Without Summer, Four Play and One Woman Alien. These tales explore the world of a lonely little boy, an astronaut trapped in an escape pod, a young woman in a village of werewolves, a lost child thought long dead .. and many more. 'a convincing voice .. with gentle humour .. an outstanding winner' (Writing Magazine, for 'Jacob Stanley') Available in paperback or on Kindle READ it HERE
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