Stage to Page
Stage to Page is a voluntary collective of writers, directors and actors who meet monthly to conduct short public workshops of scenes from brand new plays.
This exploration of new writing is an opportunity for writers to be actively involved in an exciting workshop process, hear their work being read and get feedback from directors, actors and the audience.
It is led by a different guest each month, drawn from Scotland's thriving community of writers, directors and theatre practitioners.
Stage to Page is facilitated by Angie Cassidy, Alex Cox, Hazel Ann Crawford, Jack Dickson, George Docherty, Anthony Kelly, Linda Duncan McLaughlin, Sarah McCardie and Julie Tsang with administrative support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.
When is Stage to Page on?
Stage to Page usually takes place on the last Monday of each month at 7pm, in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD, although sometimes the collective venture out to other cultural venues across the city. We ask everyone attending Stage to Page to pay a £3 entry fee which contributes to the cost of running the event. The diary for Stage to Page in 2019 is:
Monday 28 January | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 18 January, 5pm
Guest: Marta Mari, Producer and Artistic Director of Asylon Theatre
Monday 25 February | Gilmorehill Centre, University of
Submission Deadline: Friday 15 February, 5pm
Guest: Gordon Barr, Artistic Director of Bard in the Botanics
Monday 25 March | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 15 March, 5pm
Guest: Malcolm McGonigle, screenwriter (MI High, The Dog Ate My Homework)
Monday 29 April | Gilmorehill Centre, University of
Submission Deadline: Thursday 18 April, 5pm
Guest: John McCann, playwright (DUPed, Spoiling)
Tuesday 28 May | Gilmorehill Centre,
University of Glasgow
Submission Deadline: Friday 17 May, 5pm
Monday 24 June | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 14 June, 5pm
Monday 29 July | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 19 July, 5pm
**No Stage to Page event in August**
Monday 23 September | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 13 September, 5pm
Monday 21 October | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 11 October, 5pm
Guest: Kirsty Williams, BBC Radio Drama producer at BBC Radio Scotland
Monday 25 November | CCA
Submission Deadline: Friday 15 November, 5pm
**No Stage to Page event in December. Christmas drinks TBC**
What happens at Stage to Page?
Writers submit scenes. (One week before the event.)
Directors are selected (One week before the event)
Scenes are read anonymously by our guest and three will be selected to receive a short, one-hour workshop on the night of Stage to Page.
Stage Three - On the night!
6.30pm - Actors, directors and observers arrive, pay their £3 contribution then actors put their names in envelopes that describe the gender & age of the characters that best suit them.
7.00pm - Guest and evening introduced. Scenes are cast at random.
7.30-8.30pm - Scenes are developed for an hour in open rehearsals.
8.30-9.45pm - After a quick refreshment, scenes are read by the actors for the whole group. The Guest will then invite comment and feedback on the scenes.
How do I get involved?
Each submitted scene should read between 5 - 10 minutes (roughly 8 pages). You should read your piece aloud to check the timing fits within the limit.
Each submitted entry should be formatted as follows:
- 12pt font of your choice, but simple is best. No Wingdings.
- Please include page numbers on your submission.
- Double-line spaced.
- No more than 8 pages long (excluding a single title page, if you like).
- Playwrights' name must NOT appear on the script.
- In addition, writers should submit character descriptions, a short synopsis and up to three questions they would like to ask of the observers on the night. These should be added to your scene to make one document. Please specify any vital casting information, such as required accent and character age at this point.
Submissions are anonymous. Please do not include your name anywhere on the document.
As of July 2018, we will be accepting Stage to Page submissions via Submittable. If you're having problems with Submittable, please contact email@example.com before the deadline.
Please note, writers may only submit a maximum of one scene per month. If your scene is selected, you will not eligible to submit for the following month (even if it's a different scene).
We are keen to hear from directors who have an interest in exploring new writing. Directors will be paired with the chosen writers and given the scripts before the event. You will get a chance to talk with the writer and discuss the script before the workshop.
If you are a director and would like to volunteer for Stage to Page then please send your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an actor and would like to experiment with new writing, then please come along. The casting breakdowns are available on the night. Simply put your name down for as many parts as you think you are suitable for.
Please think about the character descriptions provided by the writer before putting yourself forward for a part.
We will cast the scenes by pulling names out of an envelope.
We encourage people to come along to observe the workshops, hear the reading and take part in the discussion.