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Posted on: 26 March 2020

The Abbey Theatre may have shut up shop for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about drama. Currently, we’re asking people like you to write short scripts about social isolation which we can turn into simple films using our talented actors.

This short-term project is backed by our patron Mike Newell, the film director behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco, Four Weddings and a Funeral and many other great movies.

Here’s how the project will work.

    1. We’re inviting submissions of short scripts (less than one minute running time) from anyone in the UK. Scripts need to be about social isolation in the time of COVID-19. They can be as sad, funny, wise or silly as you like – but they do need to be filmable on a smartphone in a single take, preferably with a single actor. Please send scripts in either MS Word or PDF format to production@abbeytheatre.org.uk. We can’t promise to acknowledge submissions, and no money will be paid. If you’d like to make your idea into a film yourself, please go ahead and send it to the same address.
    2. A team from the Abbey Theatre will select which scripts we can make into films. These won’t necessarily be the best scripts, but they will be the scripts we believe we can make well with our limited resources. Most of the actors we use will be from one of our resident amateur companies, but if you’re a budding actor yourself and you’d like to make one of these films at your home, get in touch. Write to the email address above stating your playing age, gender and availability and we might send you a script.
    3. Once the films have been made, we’ll share them on our social media feeds.
    4. At the end of May 2020, we’ll ask Mike Newell to judge the best video. The winning film and all shortlisted films will appear on the Abbey Theatre web site.

Please get involved if you can. We think the outcome could be quite remarkable, even if it is happening on a shoestring. And please spread the word, using the #coronamonologues hashtag.

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