A Play, A Poet and A Pastry


Playwright Brief

The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company in collaboration with The Theatre Royal Dumfries, is producing a series of bi-monthly events, happening between September 2017 and March 2018, under the title ‘A Play, A Poet & A Pastry’.

‘A Play, A Poet & A Pastry’ involves the high-quality semi-staging of a new studio piece, presented alongside poetry written in response to the play, which is also be performed during the event. Following this, there will be pastry eating for all and a Q&A in the bar with the actors, creatives and poet, to conclude the evening.

These evenings, taking place in Scotland’s oldest working theatre, promise to weave first-rate and engaging entertainment, alongside an informal, lively and social atmosphere; perfect for mingling and mulling over the theatrical offerings, for both audience and creatives alike.

Whilst not fully presented, the plays will have the same production values as a fully-fledged show and are intended to offer playwrights a fresh opportunity to develop and present new work in a safe environment, with the support of experienced and professional theatre makers.

This is the second call out for scripts for consideration for use in A Play, A Poet & A Pastry.

Is your script eligible?

It is 40-45 minutes in length, with a small cast; maximum of three.

It has not been produced elsewhere.

It is a play for the stage (not TV, film or radio).

What we can offer

A stipend of £125 for the project

The space to develop a new piece of work, then shown in front of a live audience.

The opportunity to work within a group of dedicated, experienced and collaborative creatives.

Constructive and sensitively delivered feedback.

An equitable agreement between the Producer and the writer.

How to apply

Email info@bunbanter.com with ‘A Play, A Poet and A Pastry’, as the subject header.

Please include:           

Your script formatted appropriately*.

A brief biography of yourself and your work (up to 200 words).

A short and snappy summary of the play (100 words).


Current submission deadline:        Friday 13th October 2017




 Each submitted script should be formatted as follows:

11pt font of your choice, but simple is best. No Wingdings.

Please include page numbers on your submission.

Double-line spaced.

You may wish to use writing software such as Final Draft or Celtx (which is free) to help with the layout.