Archive for March 9th, 2007

Cúirt Programme announced

9th March 2007

Last night the schedule for Galway’s annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature was launched. Running from 24-29 of April, the popular literary festival will include the Galway Youth Theatre performance of Tejas Verdes by Fermín Cabal, a prose and poetry masterclass, dozens of readings by writers around the city, a Poetry Grand Slam, and the opportunity to have a bardic lunch with Little John Nee, Emer Martin and Irvine Welsh. There will also be lectures, excursions, book launches, and exhibitions. Plenty to do for all manner of tastes.

Russian theatre jams phones

9th March 2007

This week The Guardian noted that the Alexandrinsky theatre in St Petersburg now jams mobile phone signals during theatrical performances. This measure was prompted after a phone rang during the pivotal suicide scene at the end of Leo Tolstoy’s The Living Corpse.

The Guardian interviewed a number of British artistic directors and playwrights for their opinions on the Russian approach to these aural intrusions. The responses indicate that mobile phones interrupt performances in the UK on a regular basis. One wonders how the Irish compare?

Script of the Year

9th March 2007 is running a Script of the Year competition on their forums. Each month a topic is chosen, and members of the forums must come up with a short script based on the idea.

The resulting scripts are uploaded to a specific sub-forum on the site, and every month the members of choose the winner. Each monthly winner gains entry to the grand final competition at the end of the year, when an independent panel judges the scripts. The grand final prize is unspecified at the moment.

It’s a fun and useful challenge for screenwriters looking for inspiration.

How to survive Cannes

9th March 2007

The Screenplay Europe blog mentions a fantastic resource for anyone considering diving into the frenzied waters of the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

Called Cannes – A Virgin’s Survival Guide, it contains a lot of the information from the book of the same name. It’s full of useful tips about the festival and practical advice about how to cope with the 11-day event.

Those of you in London, who are contemplating Cannes this year, can attend the Cannes Survival Seminar, hosted by Benjamin Craig (author of the book) at Ealing Studios on Tuesday, 20 March. It costs £15, but that includes a copy of the freshly-minted 5th edition of the guide book.