Thursday, 31 October 2019

Next Meeting:

7:30pm on Thursday, 27 February 2020
Current Ventures

NCS has been/continues to be involved in a plethora of initiatives with Members contributing to a range of exciting activities!  

Recent/current/future ventures include:

Cumbria's Creative and Cultural Strategy - Tuesday, 23 July 2019

David Ross attended a Consultation workshop on behalf of NCS.

Penrith Festival - 23 to 25 August 2019

The following plays, written by NCS Members, were performed at the Penrith Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend:

Blessed Release by Martin Chambers
Supply Teacher by Carol Donockley
Having it Out and History by Richard Smithson
Last Pub by Rick Thomas (former Member)

Congratulations to all involved!

Workshop - Saturday, 12 October 2019

Liz Stephenson, Artistic Director at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick directed the event that also involved actors from the company.  The purpose was to workshop extracts from 4 plays written by NCS Members (David Ross, Richard Smithson, Anne Ginty and Bev Pink).

The Mandrake

Kevan France and Clive Williams have drafted a contemporary and locally-set rewrite of The Mandrake (La Mandragola) by Niccolo Machiavelli, a satirical comedy originally published in the sixteenth century.  Of course, Machiavelli is best known for his handbook on how power really works, where he advocates that the end justifies the means.  Working with and led by Mike head from Penrith Players, this joint venture will be performed by Penrith Players in Spring 2020.

Lord Lonsdale

Preparations are underway, led and coordinated by NCS stalwart Robin Acland, to propose a project similar to The Mandrake, this time on the life and times of the 5th Earl.

BBC Radio Cumbria

Members are currently working on submissions on the theme of 'Loss' for an opportunity to have their work broadcast in Spring 2020.

Penrith Players on Tour

NCS Members have also been asked to continue their submission of monologues and duologues for the excellent Penrith Players and their upcoming tours.

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!