Saturday, 26 March 2011

Announcing The Manchester Sitcom Trials

Announcing the second Annual Manchester Sitcom Trials

Have we found the new Fawlty? The new Father Ted? The new Phoenix Nights? You decide. In The Sitcom Trials.

The best new comedy writers in the country are about to compete to create the next great situation comedy in The 10th Anniversary Season of The Sitcom Trials.

Thousands will enter, only one can win. Could it be you?

Anyone can send in a sitcom script, it costs nothing to enter. The shortlisted finalists will have their sitcoms staged at Manchester's LassFest Comedy Festival on July 2nd

So, could you be the next great sitcom writer? Now's the chance to find out. The competition is open for entries now at

Will we find the new Brent? The new Bilko? The new Blackadder?
You decide.

THE SITCOM TRIALS - the Future of Sitcom, in your hands.

Scripts are invited for the Manchester Sitcom Trials, to be performed at the Lass O'Gowrie Manchester on July 2 2011.

THE BRIEF for submission to The Sitcom Trials.

The Sitcom Trials wants situation comedy scripts that a small group of actors can perform in a live environment with minimal stage in front of an audience, who will hopefully laugh. Ideally these sitcoms will be so marvellous that the TV & radio industry representatives in the audience will snap them up immediately.


Your script must have a first 'half' of less than 8 minutes
This first half should end in a cliffhanger, or something that leaves
the audience wanting more.

It must then have a final scene of 2 or 3 minutes long. This will be
performed only if your sitcom is the winner on the night

Your script must have NO MORE THAN 4 CHARACTERS. Ideally 2 boys 2 girls.
If you can write a script with just 2 or 3 characters, all the better.

The sitcoms we are to test out in our regular pub theatre shows with an eye to them being developed for TV must be
PERFORMABLE LIVE (ie no filmed or location inserts)

Think in terms of a radio script.


We are particularly interested to hear from writer-performers, especially
those with an on-stage track record (eg Edinburgh) who would present their
own sitcom as a self contained package. To demonstrate your live potential we would need to see a video, ideally a link to a YouTube video, which we can judge alongside the script. Please include the video link as part of the script.


Upload your entries to the appropriate folder in the files section of the egroup. You will need to join the free egroup to do so:

Deadline for entries - June 19 2011
Deadline for voting - June 26 2011


All members of the SitsVac egroup, you included, will be invited to read, review, and vote on all scripts in contention. Vote YES, MAYBE or NO as to each one's potential and add a short one paragraph review. Send reviews to the Sits Vac TV group message board:

Vote at polls:

Writers are welcome to vote on their own scripts.

Votes are then totalled thus; Yes = 2 points, Maybe = 1 point, No = minus -1 point. This way we draw up a shortlist for a script reading, from which we select the items to go into the stage show.

Any questions, ask the egroup so we can all benefit from the answers.

Happy scribbling

Kev F Sutherland
Producer and Presenter

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