Norwich Writers' Circle

Encore!

2nd February saw the return of James Dimelow to the front for his adjudication of the short playwriting competition. But before we got down to business, we had four successes to announce.

The EDP has published two more of Margaret Turner’s poems, My Friend and November. These Margaret read out to an appreciative audience. Another East Anglian title, Suffolk Norfolk Life accepted not just Patricia Stammers’ Snowdrops at Walsingham article, it included her scenic photos too. Phyllida Scrivens was also featured with her recent biography, Escaping Hitler. And it’s not all been reading matter. On the 11th, Mr Dimelow and audience are set to see the first scene of his latest play perfomed as part of the Maddermarket Theatre’s latest talent showcase.

Which all brings us back to James’ adjudication…

James summed up again his guidelines and his own strict adherence to them when choosing his winners. In fact he had four top quality entries. These were: (Commended) We Have Ways by Phyllida Scrivens; (3rd) Easy To Love by Olive Riseborough; (2nd) Dreaming Of Her Majesty by Andrew Heron; (1st) By Appointment by Mickie Dann.

It was a fun night, both for performers and audience as the winners entries were enacted.

Norwich Writers' Circle

Exit, Stage Left

A big thank you to James Dimelow for his well-received workshop at our last meeting on Tuesday 3rd November. James’ workshop was entitled “Play Time” – and it certainly was! The playwright had members reading parts from a TV sketch or two, which had us laughing out loud. Ice truly broken, the work began.

Firstly, a workshop on character(s), for which James supplied us each with a “Simpsons” Top Trumps playing card for inspiration as we worked alone. A photograph shared then sparked inspiration in two workshops on settings: the composition of a monologue spoken by our creations, followed by a dialogue with our partners.

Punctuated by readings out, the whole evening was both productive and entertaining. And if that wasn’t enough, James also brought along handouts comprising tips, competition guidelines and suggestions, recommended reading as well as examples of script writing formats. So attendees can consider themselves well informed.