RBL writing competition for Off the Block #6

Reading Between the Lines theatre company are looking for new theatre writers. To find them they’re holding a writing competition open to anyone aged over 18.

Reading’s nationally acclaimed theatre company, who achieved such success last year with their new plays Henry I of England (inside St James’ Church) and Oscar Wilde on Trial (inside Reading Gaol), run a new writing night every year entitled Off the Block. It was at Off the Block 2015 that they found Beth Flintoff, the writer of Henry I & Oscar.

The winner of Find A Reading Writer 2017 will write one of four new short plays produced at Off the Block #6, the annual event that engages over 30 professional theatre makers from around the UK.

For the competition, entrants will receive a cue – They all stare at it, for e.g. – at 10am on Sunday 9th April from which they create a 5minute play. All entries will be judged by RBL’s team and the winner will join the team of Off the Block #6, performed on Friday 5th May.

If you would like to be considered for the competition, then please email RBL at writers@readingbetweenthelines.co.uk with a bit about you and a CV.

For tickets to Off the Block at South Street Arts Centre’s newly refurbished theatre, on Friday 5th May, 7.30pm, please visit: http://www.readingarts.com/south-street/whats-on-day/2017-05-05

About Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL)

Reading Between the Lines (RBL), in its fifth year, continues to create theatre of national significance with a team of some of the most “revolutionary and ambitious” (The Stage) theatre makers in the country.

RBL was formed in 2012 by Dani and Toby Davies, who met whilst training as actors at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The company aims to create theatre that is exciting and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and to inspire pride in the history and culture of Reading, locally and nationally. Alongside creating work of national significance, RBL produce themed art exhibitions, interactive performances, deliver workshops and engage with local institutions, making RBL a key figure in the local community.

RBL is for everyone. We tell stories about where we’re from. Our accessible shows are created by an ensemble who relish ideas, respect and encouragement. We aim to inspire and provoke thought.”


Praise for RBL

Totally brilliant The Independent

The play about Henry I will be the next staging post in the mission to give the town a cultural identityThe Guardian

Revolutionary and ambitious…, professional theatre at its very best***** The Stage

Outstanding…West End calibre***** XnMedia

Imaginative, accessible, thoroughly entertaining… genius***** Broadsheet Boutique

Definitive … unique***** RemoteGoat

Amazing talent10/10 Greenwich Visitor

It transported me, as only the best theatre can*****AltReading

Incredible… The crowning glory in Reading Year of Culture ***** GetReading

Outstanding… a mesmerising play ***** AltReading

Excellent… High quality… Full of energy***** WhitleyPump

A modern classic of our times… a physical language that wonderfully complements the words… Visionary***** 16Blue

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