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Out Loud is a new scratch night for writers in Hull to see and hear their scripts performed by professional actors in front of a friendly audience. This programme allows writers to take risks and learn from them whilst getting paid. This programme supports up to 16 writers per year. 


Kindly supported by Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Split Infinitive Trust & previously by Hull playwright Richard Bean. There will also be the option of feedback from Alex Mitchell (Silent Uproar) and Paul Smith (Middle Child).

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We’ve repurposed Out Loud to work digitally and so we’re asking Hull & East Riding based writers to submit scripts that they think are well suited to the radio. 

Anything goes in terms of for  but due to BBC broadcast regulations scripts must not include swearing or heavy adult content. Aside from these considerations we are particularly interested in seeing stories about Hull and the north, with space for four 10-15 minute scripts at each event. 

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All scripts submitted will be read 'anonymously' with the writer’s names removed. We'll then choose four, with local actors paid to pre-record them. Our Artistic Director Alex Mitchell, and Middle Child's Paul Smith, plus two more guest directors will work with actors during a day of rehearsals. That means as a chosen writer you can simply tune into the sharing and see your work brought to life with a ‘fresh’ set of eyes and ears. Writers will also receive a fee of £50. Submission is open to playwrights aged 18 or above, living ing Hull and the East Riding.

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The deadline for submissions if 10am on Monday 3rd August 2020, with the performances taking place in September 2020 (exact date TBC).

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To apply please send no more than 10 pages of your script to shaunagh.mcclean@silentuproarproductions.co.uk before 10am on Monday 3 August. Scripts can either be complete short pieces, or excerpts of a longer play but should be suitable for radio, with no swearing or strong adult content.


Please note that we can only accept scripts that can be performed by no more than two actors.

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Scripts will be passed to our reading team, with names removed to be read anonymously. All applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not by Friday 14 August.


Writers are welcome to send scripts that were previously submitted.

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