Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Next Meeting:

7:30pm on Thursday, 27 June 2019
Lamont Robinson Room
Theatre by the Lake

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


The 3 winning plays in this year's competition - Picture the Scene - will also be shown at the Penrith Playhouse at 7.30 pm on FRIDAY, 20th October 2018.

Tickets are available from:

This date is in addition to the original performance at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick at 7.30pm on SATURDAY, 20th October 2018.

Tickets available from:

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Collaborations with Penrith Players

North Cumbria Scriptwriters are busy developing short plays for Penrith Players.  Approached by Mike Head, our group has been asked again to submit scripts for a forthcoming local tour.

Mike is also planning to produce a play based on The Mandrake by Machivelli, written during the Renaissance and set in Florence.  However, the task is to write a new script, based on the original premise, but set in Cumbria!  The project will involve a team of writers from NCS working together and in collaboration with Mike Head and Penrith Players. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Connect Three at Theatre by the Lake

Following the success at the Derwent Water Regatta on 7&8 July, the Elders' company performed all 4 plays written by Members of NCS in the Studio at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL) on Sunday, 15 July.

An appreciative audience of about 50 were a just reward for the excellent performance and commitment shown by all 8 actors over the past 10 weeks and their Director, Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL and the latest  Member of NCS.

Congratulations to our writers and a big thank you to all those at TBTL who made the event possible.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Derwent Water Regatta - 7 & 8 July 2018

Four short plays written by Members of the North Cumbria Scriptwriters were performed this weekend by the at the National Trust's Derwent Water Regatta.

The project, entitled Connect Three was performed by the Elders' Company at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL), a band of committed, energetic, talented over 55s and directed by Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL.  The plays were:

The Jeeves and Wooster Appreciation Society by Kevan France
Martha and the Monster by Anne Ginty
Bonnets and Curls by John Ward
As Good As It Gets by Martin Chambers

All four plays will be performed in the studio at TBTL, starting at 4pm on Sunday, 15 July.  Tickets are priced £5 and available from the TBTL website using the following link:

This collaboration has proved a successful venture - hopefully the first of many!

A BIG thank you to Dave Cryer and the Elders' Company for all their hard work over the past ten weeks.  Congratulations to our writers.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Elders' Company Project

NCS has joined forces with the Elders' Company at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL), Keswick.  Part of a National initiative, the local company comprises a group of talented, enthusiastic actors with various levels of experience. The group is coordinated by our own Dave Cryer, Learning and Participation Manager at TBTL.

This Summer, they will perform a selection of short plays at the National Trust's Derwentwater Regatta over the weekend 7th & 8th July and, again, in the Studio at TBTL at 4pm on Sunday, 15 July.

NCS was approached in a joint venture to submit scripts for the project. Plays have been selected and workshops and rehearsals are underway!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Picture the Scene - RESULTS!

Our panel of three judges, each read all submissions and agreed a shortlist of 5 plays.  These were passed to Helen Turnbull for the final decision and, after days of reading, we can now announce the 3 winning entries:

Telling by Marilyn Messenger and Mike Smith, 

The Poet Who Painted a Picture by Tash Shaw


Carry On Painting by Kevan France.


These 3 winning plays will be performed in the studio at Theatre by the Lake (TBTL), Keswick at 7.30pm on Saturday, 20 October 2018 and at the Penrith Playhouse at 7.30pm on Friday, 26 October 2018.  Tickets available from:

The runners up were:

You'll Never Walk Alone by Anne Ginty


Many Mansions by John Scott.