Welcome to Beach Hut Theatre Company!
Based by the sea, on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast, in England's first resort, Scarborough, we produce innovative and exciting plays, musicals and multimedia events. We are committed to creating memorable and spectacular productions at venues and site specific locations across the town and throughout the region.
Script Hut and Script Hut Saturdays
Currently taking Bookings
Want to write a script?
Not sure where to begin or how to proceed?
Then join one of Beach Hut Theatre's ‘Script Hut’ classes where we will help you develop your script writing skills.
‘Script Hut’ is an ongoing script writing class delivered by Beach Hut Theatre Company’s resident award-winning dramaturge, writer and director Alison Watt.
These inspiring, script writing sessions explore story, character, setting, structure and style through the development and application of practical skills; with the aim of creating performable scripts on a termly basis. Learn the craft by doing. Discuss ideas with others and receive constructive and supportive feedback on your own work. Write your own theatre play or screenplay...in your own way...with the possibility of a script in hand, rehearsed-read performance at the end of it.
Due to popular demand Beach Hut Theatre Company has expanded its teaching provision to include two more writers’ groups running throughout the Spring in 2018.
Sessions run for three hours on Mondays.
Maximum in each group: 7
Afternoon session 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.
Evening session 6.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m.
All ‘Script Hut’ upcoming sessions will take place in The Meeting Room at Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2NN.
Monday 15th January 2018
Monday 29th January 2018
Monday 19th February 2018
Monday 5th March 2018
Monday 19th March 2018
Monday 9th April 2018
Admission charge per term is £55.00
If interested in being involved, please leave a message or send an email to email@example.com
Alison Watt is a winner of the 2016 WGGB Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Award.
Explore ideas close to your heart and maybe write that West End smash?
OR TRY ONE OF OUR SERIES OF SCRIPT HUT SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Dramatic Tales for Beginners: Script Hut Saturdays
As part of its ongoing commitment to developing new writing, Beach Hut Theatre Company is proud to present...
'Script Hut' Saturdays: Dramatic Tales for Beginners
THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FOUR SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOPS
'Have you a tale that’s bursting to be told? Do you want to write a gripping drama or side-splitting comedy but you’re not sure how to proceed? Perhaps there’s a character that you’d like to explore and develop further…or maybe a theme? Or even a universe?
‘Dramatic Tales for Beginners’ is an all-day workshop that covers the basic nuts and bolts of script writing from the novice’s perspective. By the end of this session, through tutor support, fun-filled exercises and lively peer discussion, all participants will be able to create compelling characters, explore different settings and generate their very own story and structure ideas. This ‘Script Hut Saturday’ event is ideal for anyone who would like to boost their confidence and develop a script writing ‘toolkit' in a relaxed and friendly environment.'
Saturday 13th January 2018
The Small Room
Morning session 10 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Afternoon session 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
£40.00 per person for the full day
(Lunch not included)
To book a place please leave a message with your contact details or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum spaces available:
Other upcoming ‘Script Hut Saturday’ Events happening over the coming months include:
Saturday 10th February 2018 ‘Louder than Words’
This full-day script writing workshop, led by Alison Watt, examines the use of action and the visual in dramatic storytelling and explores how these things can help deliver a richer, more satisfying dramatic experience and reveal a greater complexity in characterisation. Looking at stage directions, subtext, the use of props and other non-speech driven techniques, this workshop, (through exercises, analysis and the participants’ creative work) will examine the ‘unspoken’ in drama and explore how it can work most powerfully alongside dialogue as a storytelling tool.
Saturday 10th March 2018 ‘Create a Calling Card Script’
A ‘Calling-card script’ is a script of at least thirty minutes playing time in length that showcases the original voice of a writer. When competing in today’s entertainment industry marketplace, an aspiring writer must be able to show that they can tell a story and develop a character over a period of playing time. In this full-day workshop, led by Alison Watt, participants will have the opportunity to plan their own, full-length theatre script, radio script or screenplay. Using a basic, classical structure as guidance, writers will be encouraged to develop their own story ideas through observing a series of sequential tasks and considerations. From the moment where the story ‘has to begin’ through to the climax of the drama, each participant will explore their own individual creative ideas until they have structured that all important first draft. Participants will plan a play in a day…the perfect springboard to that first step into industry.
Saturday 7th April 2018 ‘Miniature Miracles’
Small but perfectly formed. Just as the short story obeys slightly different narrative rules to that of the novel, the short play is similar but also different to the full-length drama. But what makes a 10, 15 or 20-minute play, with its limited time for plot or character development, become successful and more than just a sketch? And how does its structure relate to the structure of its lengthier cousin? In this script writing workshop, led by Alison Watt, participants will unpick the mysteries of the shorter play to release the power and punch of what can be achieved in a short period of playing time. Through tutor guidance, peer support and illuminating exercises, participants will interrogate the intensity of the dramatic short and with so many industry opportunities currently related to the shorter play out there, whether comic or tragic, surely the short play is here to stay?
All workshops take place in the same venue with the same ticketing and contact details.
May 5th 2017 was the first anniversary of Beach Hut Theatre Company becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). In the past year Beach Hut
Premiered 22 original plays with the help of:
18 script writers
9 stage-management and technical staff and
6 administrative staff
In the past year, Beach Hut has also run several script writing and acting workshops and set up 'Script Hut', an ongoing writers' group that meets at Scarborough Library. We also went on our first proper tour.
The three major projects this year were:
'Fantasies, Fables and Frights'
'BrEaKiNg ThE iCe'
The individual performance pieces taken to full production were:
1. ‘Unmaking Mac’ by Gilly Collinson
2. ‘Under the Greenwood Trees’ by Michelle Watts
3. ‘Mother and Son’ by Helen Birmingham
4. ‘Family Loyalties’ by Philip Watson
5. ‘Diminishing Returns’ by Sam Thor Rhodes
6. ‘Loved by Dragons’ by Jackie Daly
7. ‘To Love a King’ by Neil Arnott
8. ‘Moody Food’ by John Pattison
9. ‘Sex, Lies and Narrow Escape’ by Colin Scales
10. ‘Summer’s Edge’ by John Pattison and Alison Watt
11. ‘Death by Knitting’ by Elaine Brookes
12. ‘Smokin’ Witches’ by Jackie Daly
13. ‘The Stranglers’ Rest’ by Jason Mullen
14. ‘An Unkindness’ by Jo Reed Turner
15. ‘The Lightkeeper’ by Paul Spencer
16. ‘And Whom Did He See?’ by Paul Beck
17. ‘SnOwQuEeN’ by John Pattison and Alison Watt
18. ‘Pinkie’ by Liblet Pearson
19. ‘Strangers in Waiting’ by Neil Arnott
20. ‘Locked Out’ by Paul Spencer
21. ‘Night Follows Day’ by Paul Beck
22. ‘The Clinic’ by Charleigh Christmas
23. ‘Keeping It Cool’ by Michelle Watts
We will keep you posted here and on facebook and Twitter about what fantastic projects we have in the pipeline for our second year! Thank you for all your support.
We are also extremely proud to announce that our Artistic Director, Alison Watt was one of the winners of the 2016 Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards. This award was set up to give Writers Guild of Great Britain members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year. Her nomination describes her as: 'A skilled dramaturg, director, playwright, TV writer, actor, mentor and all-round brilliant human being,'
This project has now come to an end, following a successful tour of North Yorkshire Libraries. From the full length musical 'SnOwQuEeN' at Scarborough Old Parcels Office to the run of 'SuDdEnThAwS' at Scarborough Library and Information Centre and at venues across Yorkshire, we have had an amazing time performing to so many people. You can read all about the project on our BrEaKiNgThEiCe page and see images and clips of our adventures including the quest for the best All Day Breakfast in North Yorkshire.
View 'Summer's Edge' video excerpts on our FANTASIES FABLES & FRIGHTS page.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in and attended 'Natural Shocks' in Scarborough and York! The company had a great time putting this production together. We will be uploading photos and also some copies of the scripts and scores for you to find out more about this fantastic project, which celebrated 400 years of William Shakespeare with a contemporary twist.
See more 'Natural Shocks' here
Watch the full 'ROCK, RASCALS AND REVOLUTION!' film on our past productions page.
Have a look at our gallery for fantastic images and videos of our work