There is something extraordinary going on in the compendium of mini-works pages that lurk in the Writers’ ghetto of this fine social network. Described by John McGrath as Really rather special! it’s high time that you, dear reader/writer/director/etc, popped in and had a look.

The idea is to create plays in only 200 Characters – counting every keystroke except the spacebar – and see where it goes. At the time of writing there are 11 new and original pieces to be found; mini-works by Brad Birch, Peter Cox, Othniel Smith, Sheree Tams & Terry Victor. A random and compulsive mix of thriller, comedy (surreal and sketch), agit-prop, drama, social commentary and who knows what else you might read (or write) into it. It’s fun! It’s addictive! And, for those of you who like that kind of thing, it’s great discipline!

When you’ve browsed the mini-works please leave a comment – or a play of your own. From my POV it is a great way to isolate an idea for focussed consideration; but what about you? Are you moved or dismissive? Is there a point to these pieces? Are 200 characters enough to develop a theme and story arc? What should be done with them? Are they really theatre pieces? Are they really plays? How would you offer them to an audience? Stage them? Film them? Treat them like poems?

Come play with us.

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Comment by Carl Morris on February 10, 2010 at 16:16
I hope nobody is counting the characters manually!

Use some software to free up a few brain cycles, e.g.
http://www.lettercount.com
Comment by Catherine Paskell on September 21, 2009 at 11:56
The Compendium is in the Writer's Group, in the Discussion forum.

Now there are now three mentions to it on this Blog and 2 links... so no excuses for not checking out this fantastic creative work!
Comment by Danny KilBride on September 21, 2009 at 10:54
I tried John's link but it just fed back to this page. Below is the URL of page one. The pieces are striking, some brilliant and some just good. Blown away as ever by some of the stuff on this site.

http://nationaltheatrewales.org/forum/topics/compendium-of-miniworks?groupUrl=writers&id=3152760%3ATopic%3A8566&groupId=3152760%3AGroup%3A6864&page=1#comments
Comment by National Theatre Wales on September 20, 2009 at 16:52
If you would like to click straight through to the compendium, here it is: Compendium of Mini Works
There's some really stimulating (and some pretty funny) work on there. Have a go!

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