SUDS Writers’ Festival 2016

Slot 6 2016 is SUDS’ inaugral Writers’ Festival!

The Festival will see a two-week programme of readings, panels, workshops and good times played out in the Cellar. The SUDS Writers’ Festival aims to give a voice to student theatremakers (writers, dramaturgs, actors, directors, emerging professionals).

The Festival Programme is going to be HUGE – make sure you follow this facebook event so you can keep up to date with all the exciting goings on of the Festival and benefit from what it has to offer.

FESTIVAL PASSES: Because of the volume of the Festival programme, we have a special offer if you’d like to see multiple events! Presenting the Festival Pass – $20 for unlimited access to events across the two weeks! WHAT INCREDIBLE VALUE!
Passes are available for general SUDS members and non-members. Gold members of SUDS get free entry to all events! Individual payments-per-event at the door also accepted as usual!

WEEK 1:

Wednesday 25th May:
6.30pm: SUDS Writer’s Festival Panel: Race and Representation in Australian Theatre and Beyond
To kick the Festival off, we’re co-hosting a panel with the Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR)! We’ll be talking to professional theatremakers about the nature and ongoing challenges of fostering diversity in the professional theatre industry in Sydney, as well as right here at SUDS. A Q&A will be hosted post-panel. Participants TBA very soon!
8pm: SUDS Writers’ Festival: Creative Speed Dating and Launch Party After the brain-sparking nature of the panel, we’ll continue to party and celebrate the launch of the rest of the week’s festivities! Food, good company, and creative speed-dating (where SUDS theatremakers can meet and greet and hopefully find some production partners!) are all on the menu!

Thursday 26th May:
2pm: DRAMATURGY WORKSHOP: What the hell is a dramaturg? What do they do? How do you become one? Come along to this hands-on workshop to find out! Skills learnt, mates made, projects supported! Professional writers and academics will be joining us to teach us the ways of the pen! Participants TBA very soon!
6pm: STAGED READING – A Freshwater Gentleman, by Nadia Bracegirdle: One of the plays the Writers’ Festival Team has commissioned for dramaturgical development will have a staged reading tonight! Actors will read through the play, and after we’ll host a Q&A so you can talk with the writer and dramaturg about their work throughout the process! A separate event with details about the play and team will be popping up in your newsfeed soon!

Friday, 27th May:
2pm: SUDS WRITE-IN: You’ll literally* be locked in the Cellar for a few hours for some PEAK PRODUCTIVITY TIME. Bring along any piece you’ve been working on – comedy, movement, anything! – to profit from some solid working hours, as well as the support and writing exercises of your peers and facilitators. Lolly snakes provided.
*not literally though

Saturday, 28th May:
6pm: STAGED READING – Seedlings by Gabby Florek, and Manic Pixie Dream World [Screenplay]: Two of the plays the Writers’ Festival Team has commissioned for dramaturgical development will have a staged reading tonight! Actors will read through the play, and after we’ll host a Q&A so you can talk with the writer and dramaturg about their work throughout the process! Separate events with details about the play and team will be popping up in your newsfeed soon!

WEEK 2:

Tuesday, 31st May:
7pm: PANEL: WRITING FOR SUDS: Some of our well-loved student writers will be hosting a discussion about getting your student-written work put on by the society! Come along for familiar faces and question-time!

Wednesday, 1st June:
6pm: PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD: No SUDS slot is complete without a PWYF! Come along to Courtyard Café for your regular $5 pizza deal and some beverages, before attending…
7pm: THE BEST PANEL EVER: A Blank Space chock-a-block with professional Sydney theatremakers and creatives. The Best Panel Ever will see big-name professionals discussing what it’s like to work in the theatre in Sydney right now. Formal panel followed by Q&A. Participants TBA very soon!

Thursday, 2nd June:
2pm: WRITING COMEDY WORKSHOP: Sketches! Improv! Gags! Some of Sydney’s best up-and-coming and established comedians host a discussion and hands-on workshop about writing comedy for the stage and screen. Come along for arguably the funniest event of the Festival! Hosts TBA – get excited!
7pm: BLANK SPACE: Life After SUDS: A panel with more familiar faces who have gone through the SUDS Machine and have come out the other side successful and passionate as ever! Come along for a panel and Q&A about what to do after your undergrad degree slips out from underneath you, and how to turn your passion for theatre into a real-live money-thing (aka. A paid job!) as an emerging artist. Participants TBA.

Friday, 3rd June:
7pm: 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT! What happens when a bunch of writers get together with the hopes of putting on a polished play for the very next day? If you’d like to participate, contributing ink, sweat and tears to this special thang, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618428575147454/

Saturday, 4th June:
7pm: 24 HOUR PLAY: Come along to the Cellar to see the fastest damn play SUDS has ever produced! Guaranteed to be a fun night: after the play, join us at the Flodge to wrap up the Writers’ Festival in style!

Stay tuned for more details about the Festival programme! Any questions, email sudswritersfest@gmail.com