Professional Script Reading Service
“Don’t get it right, get it written”, is a great motto for inspiring you to put pen to paper and bring the first draft of your play into the world. But the next steps of then honing your script and getting it ‘right’ can often feel daunting. This is no surprise, considering that the more literary department rejections you receive, the more doors feel closed to you.
It is therefore essential to ensure that your play is as polished as possible before you send off your script. That’s where we come in!
We offer a unique and bespoke script reading service that aims to help you get your script in the best shape possible before you submit it to Literary Departments and competitions.
The script reading service is run by our Artistic Director, Karis Halsall.
Karis Halsall Biography:
After a decade working in the literary departments of trailblazing theatres, Karis has considerable experience in the development of new talent. She’s currently a Senior Reader for The Bruntwood Prize and Papatango Theatre. Previously she has headed up unsolicited script submissions for the Bush Theatre and was the Literary Associate / Senior Reader at Theatre 503, judging their bi-annual playwriting prize and writer development programme 503FIVE. Thus, she possesses a good working practice and understanding of what Literary Departments are looking for in unsolicited scripts, and will use this knowledge to guide you.
Academically, she achieved a Distinction in her MA Filmmaking: Scriptwriting, so she has a wealth of experience in screenwriting. If you would like her to script edit your TV pilot or feature film, she can also provide a bespoke service.
Up to 70 pages: £70: 1 hour long Zoom Dramaturgy Session plus one page report
70-110 pages: £85: 1 hour long Zoom Dramaturgy Session plus one page report
110-150 pages: £100: 1 hour long Zoom Dramaturgy Session plus one page report
Our sessions will cover: Themes and Central Questions, Form and Structure, Characterisation, Speech and Dialogue and Dramaturgy.
Once you have read and digested the Script Report, you can then elect to have a Zoom session with me to discuss your work further, and explore any questions you may have.
Please note: We offer 50% reduced rates for writers from Black, Asian and other diverse backgrounds, and concessions for those in receipt of Universal Credit.
To submit your script please use the submission form below and we will be in touch to arrange an initial consultation.
‘Karis’ script reading service is just what the industry is in need of right now, with her valuable experience at top theaters she doesn’t fail to deliver the goods. Karis doesn’t just give you a wealth of solid notes to hone your play towards an exciting direction, she also spurs you on, filling you with the confidence and determination that your play will have a life.’ – Jonathan Blakeley, Actor and Playwright
‘A really excellent report and chat. Karis’ feedback was substantial and very useful. Some points were nothing short of revelatory.’ Edward Sayeed, Playwright
‘Karis’ report was detailed, thoughtful and had concrete examples of things to work on next. It was also great to have the opportunity for a Skype chat after to discuss the points she raised in more detail’. – Jack Sanderson Thwaite – Playwright
‘Karis did an amazingly thorough script report, followed by a gracious and supportive phone call, that has given me clear direction for the next draft of my play. She saw both forest and trees and helped me realize where my characters and the story needed to be revised. Karis’s background as a gate-keeper for a new writing theatre means that she knows what literary agents look for, an invaluable insight for the inexperienced playwright. I wholeheartedly recommend her.’ Peggy S – Playwright.
‘Karis is unashamedly serious about theatre and its potential of changing both our perspective on our lives, and of subverting the form itself. It is clear that Karis thinks deeply about the theatre as an art form, and she is as articulate and persuasive in her self, as much as she is in her work’ – Leo Butler, Royal Court Young Writers Tutor and Playwright