* A MESSAGE FROM THE BBC
who announce the launch of the INTERNATIONAL
RADIO PLAYWRITING COMPETITION 2016. For details
of how to enter and handy tips, please visit their
This is a competition for people living outside of
the UK to write a 53 minute radio play.
There are two first prizes: one for writers with
English as a first language, the other for those
with English as a second language. Each winner will
receive £2,200 and a trip to London to see their
play recorded at the BBC and to attend a
prize-giving ceremony. Each play will then be
broadcast on the World Service.
This year, there is also a new award – The Georgi
Markov Prize, for the writer of the script
identified by the judges as showing most promise.
The prize includes a 2 week trip to London to spend
with the BBC, and to come to the prize-giving
There will also be certificates for the best play
from each of these world regions: Asia, Africa,
Caribbean, The Americas, Europe, The Pacific &
The Middle East.
Please note that the competition is open to anyone
resident outside the UK – we welcome new writers,
those with huge experience and every level in
For inspiration, ‘The Ravens’ by Alana
Valentine, last year’s winner in the English as
a first language category, is available to listen to
here until Tuesday 3rd November:
And there’s a twitter campaign of writing tips which
is building momentum at http://bit.ly/1QMopSq
Please tune in, log on and send us your scripts
before midnight GMT on the 31ST JANUARY 2016. We
look forward to reading them.
BBC Radio Drama, London
Thank you to Cambridge Footlights who
entertained, taught and were a great bunch of young
adults! Thank you to all of our sponsors: Maples,
Marriott, XQs, to our local tour
managers Beverly and Andrew Edgington and all
of our CDS volunteers. Onward and upward! We do hope
that this can become an annual or bi-annual event.
* Rehearsal schedules for The CDS Christmas Show
are now up on the
The Playhouse has passed its annual
inspection but work continues. The stainless steel
40' container now has new doors and will be used in
the main for dtoring furniture for sets. A new exit
stairway allows theatre set builders to get to the
container without opening the "garage" door - just part of the workload that
keeps your Prospect Playhouse ahead of most amateur
theatres around the world.
We welcome and thank Appleby who have
joined CDS as a Platinum sponsor. It is through the
financial assistance of our sponsors that we can put
on fantastic events such as Script2Stage and provide
bursaries for talented individuals who just cannot
afford to pay.
*FutureLearn, the online learning centre backed by
The Open University, is offering a free
4-week online course in filmmaking. The course is
actually being led by University of Birmingham and
starts late September. If you are interested in
making short movies,
follow this link.
We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded
our sound systems with the purchase of a
Behringer X32 digital console and S16 stage
box. Use of these items will be restricted to
trained technicians only. If you want to learn to
operate this advanced equipment, email
let James Gibb know.