Archive for February 4th, 2009

Windsor Fringe 09

4th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The BBC Writersroom reports that the The Windsor Fringe Marriott Drama Writing Award is now open for entries: unpublished one-act plays under thirty minutes in length from amateur playwrights.

Three winning scripts will be selected for performance in October during the 2009 Windsor Fringe Festival, and the overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize.

The deadline for submissions is 5th March 2009, and information on how to apply is on the web site.

Olivier Short-List 09

4th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Guardian reports on the nominations for this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards for theatrical achievement in London.

A full list of the nominees is on the web site, but here are categories of particular interest to our membership:

Best new play

  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts at the Lyttelton
  • Black Watch by Gregory Burke at the Barbican
  • The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall at the Cottesloe
  • That Face by Polly Stenham at the Duke Of York’s

Best new comedy

  • Fat Pig by Neil LaBute at the Comedy
  • The Female of the Species by Joanna Murray-Smith at the Vaudeville
  • God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, at the Gielgud

Best new musical

  • Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe at the Prince Edward
  • Zorro, book and lyrics by Stephen Clark, music by The Gipsy Kings, original story by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson, music co-composed and adapted by John Cameron at the Garrick

Ireland & Hungary Deal

4th February 2009 by Maura McHugh

Screen Daily reports that representatives of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Hungarian Motion Picture Public Foundation will sign a co-production agreement in Berlin on Sunday, February 8, which is designed to foster co-productions between the two territories.

Hungarian Film Commissioner Erszebet Toth announced the agreement February 2 at Hungarian Film Week in Budapest.

Toth emphasized that the reciprocity is in terms of proportion of the budget, not absolute dollar amounts.

For example, a co-production in which 80% of the budget comes from the Irish side would be answered by a co-production in which 80% of the budget comes from the Hungarian side.

The agreement further stipulates that not more than 30% of the budget of such co-productions can come from third parties.