3 Days to Stage, the Fastest Way to Start Playwriting

You’re sat at your desk and you’ve fortified your position with a paraphernalia of writing utensils.  

You’ve made a promise to yourself. You’re not leaving your post until you’ve have penned your award-winning play, which is swirling around in that big creative cranium of yours.  

Though, hours pass and the blankness of the screen/paper is making your mind just as blank.  

The Blankening. 

If this sounds familiar, we can help you improve your discipline and make your playwriting experience something you look forward to, instead of associating it with gruelling punishments.  

“I’m an artist and art is derived from suffering” you might tut.  

Put the kettle on, give yourself three Mississippi's (and not an alcoholic cocktail, if there is one) and allow us to explain what it is that we can do for you. 

What is 3 Days to Stage? 

3 Days to Stage is a playwriting challenge organized by the two former directors of ScriptDawg, James Humphreys and Sam Rees, which is heavily inspired by the writing challenge ScriptDawg use to organize. 

The event is characterized by selecting writers to take part in the challenge, where they’re given two days to produce a short 5 – 10-minute script under a certain criterion (for example, a secret theme or topic) under the guidance of our script editors. 

The opportunity is open for anyone, regardless of skill level and the three days consist of: 

Day 1 

The writers congregate to receive their instructions and are given tips on how to proceed. 

Day 2 

The writers submit their first drafts, which go through script editing and the writers take part in a table read. 

Day 3 

The writers submit their final drafts, for actors to perform a script-in-hand performance in front of a live audience.  

We’re not a theatre company, but an experience. 

We organize these events on request. If you’re a theatre company, community or function who is interested in something like this, please feel free to drop us a message. 

Alternatively, why not pop along to our next show on February 13th with Avant Cymru to get a better understanding of what we do.  

What About the Non-Playwriters?  

We love chatting and doing things with the creative community online, so be sure to like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with upcoming shows, free online events, blogs, activities and other theatre companies you should be interested in! 

Who Are 3 Days to Stage? 

3 Days to Stage is based in Wales (Sam Rees) and Estonia (James Humphreys). 

We’re comprised of two former ‘Dawgers’, who felt as though it’s unfair that writers should be punished from the closure of one of the only theatre companies which worked exclusively with a focus on New Writing and improving writers' content.  

Through ScriptDawg we have collaborated with Avant CymruReality TheatreTheatre Spectacle Theatre and Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival (we organized and were on the judging panel with Bad Wolf Productions for the 2018 Best Writer Award).  

James Humphreys offered his pearls of wisdom, speaking from the perspective as a post-grad scriptwriter finding his way in the industry after graduation. However, we’ll be providing our own useful material, to try and give you playwrights and creatives the leg up you need.  

Need a hand, a proofreader or a reliable script editor? Drop us a message and we can arrange something with you.  

The Future 

We’ll be collaborating again with our old friends at Avant Cymru during February, for the 72 Hour Writing Challenge for Under 24’s, for the 80th Anniversary of How Green is My Valley. 

After the performances, there’ll be a screening of the film adaptation at the venue, Park and Dare, Treorchy.  

Afterwards? We’ll continue to offer a helping hand to any creatives who need it, and strive to make playwrighting a little less miserable and lonely.  


3 Days to Stage, 

James & Sam

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