Well, after a bumper 2012 for the Sitcom Trials, it's time to usher in
a new year with a new competition for the next show.
THE BRIEF for submission to The Bristol Sitcom Trials.
The Sitcom Trials wants situation comedy scripts that a small group of
actors can perform in a live environment with minimal stage in front of
an audience, who will hopefully laugh. Ideally these sitcoms will be so
marvelous that the TV & radio industry representatives in the
audience will snap them up immediately.
Your script must have a first 'half' of less than 8 minutes This first half should end in a cliffhanger, or something that leaves the audience wanting more.
It must then have a final scene of 2 or 3 minutes long. This will be performed only if your sitcom is the winner on the night
Scripts should come in at around 12 pages.
Your script must have NO MORE THAN 5 CHARACTERS. (We're flexible on
this, but it's good to keep it focused on just a few characters)
The sitcoms we are to test out in our regular pub theatre shows with an
eye to them being developed for TV must be PERFORMABLE LIVE (ie no
filmed or location inserts) & ON ONE MINIMAL SET.
Deadline for entries - midnight January 26th, 2013 Deadline for voting - midnight Friday 1at February, 2013
All members of the SitsVac egroup/British Comedy Guide Sitcom Trials
thread, you included, will be invited to read, review, and vote on all
scripts in contention. Vote YES, MAYBE or NO as to each one's potential
and add a short one paragraph review. Your votes will not be counted
unless you include a review.
Votes are then totalled thus; Yes = 2 points, Maybe = 1 point, No =
minus -1 point. This way we draw up a shortlist for a script reading,
from which we select the items to go into the stage show.
The top ten entries (as voted by you) will be read by the team, from
which we'll select AT LEAST TWO SCRIPTS to be performed on Friday
February 22, 2013, at the Wardrobe Theatre, St Michael's Hill, Bristol.
The other scripts will come from writing sessions by the Bristol team of
writers and performers.
This will be a rehearsed-reading/script-in-hand/radio-style
affair, though we're not averse to using the odd prop or two. These
sitcoms will be in competition with each other, the winner to be decided
an audience vote.
There is no set theme this time round (such
as the Halloween/Eurovision/Sci-Fi Trials) - you're free to come up
with absolutely anything you want.