…and that’s what we aim to do: to give writers what they need to get their work out of bed, into the shower and out of the door. Because the entire process focuses on the writer’s priorities for their piece, we can help them decide if they need a blast of espresso or a soothing bowl of steamed milk.
If you have a draft script or work in progress that needs an outside eye or an MOT, we can offer development sessions with the salon’s artistic director, Dominic Kelly and our consultant playwright, Mike Elliston.
If you’re ready for a table read or a rehearsed reading for audience feedback, we can do that too. We can supply actors and a director or you can work with your existing team. We’ll talk to you about what you need, find an appropriate venue and work out a realistic budget. Use the form below to contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the first salon:lab series of development workshops, we helped 12 writers to get their work on its feet May 2013–June 2015 and those of all levels of experience benefitted. See below for details of previous salon:labs.
salon:lab is particularly suited to actors who would like to branch into writing and producing and has generated a Camden Fringe 2014 show for two of our actors. Then in 2015 the salon:collective produced Fats and Tanya by another salon:lab writer, Lucy Gallagher, at the Etcetera Theatre.
Writer development is close to our heart, having worked with established writers, Sarah Rutherford, Park Theatre resident writer, Sarah Grochala, Headlong associate, and Clara Brennan, Soho Theatre resident. Park Theatre invited us to participate in their first new writing showcase, Script Accelerator. Invitations have also taken us to Hot Bed Festival, Cambridge and Bath Literature Festival.
We continue to support our actors’ ambitions as writers: the salon:network runs writing workshops for actors who have trained with us, and produces the Monorogue company’s regular shows which are mostly new writing.
If every development team were as inclusive as salon:lab I have no doubt we would see more and more important, different, diverse writing emerging in the UK.Alex Clarke
Dominic is refreshingly open, direct and generous with his opinions of and approaches towards theatre-making. I sought his advice about directing a play I have written – advice very much taken on board.David Harrower