The Terence Rattigan Society
Vice Presidents: Michael Darlow. Greta Scacchi. David Suchet, CBE. Geoffrey Wansell.
Chairman: Barbara Longford
The Terence Rattigan Society was founded in Sir Terence Rattigan’s centenary year, 2011, to celebrate, enjoy and study the work and life of one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest playwrights. A prolific and successful author of plays and film scripts, Terence Rattigan’s most celebrated works include ‘French Without Tears’, ‘The Winslow Boy’, ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, and ‘Separate Tables’.
BENEFITS of membership include:
A regular printed copy of the dedicated magazine, with articles by leading playwrights, biographers and critics, as well as theatre listings and news and views.
Visits to the leading drama schools for Rattigan productions, by talented young students.
Masterclasses for students both young and mature, arranged in cooperation with the drama schools.
Theatre visits at discount prices, with optional suppers and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Discussions with cast members and directors.
Opportunities to visit Rattigan’s home at Albany and his birthplace in Cornwall Gardens.
Events at The Garrick Club, courtesy of its historian, Geoffrey Wansell.
Opportunities to attend events at Rattigan’s former school, Harrow and to explore their Rattigan archive.
Opportunities to visit RAF sites with a Rattigan resonance, with film screenings and supper.
Walking tours of areas where Rattigan lived and worked.
The Society was founded in 2011 with the support and approval of The Sir Terence Rattigan Charitable Trust and also of his biographers, Michael Darlow and Geoffrey Wansell.
THE TERENCE RATTIGAN SOCIETY AWARD FOR A NEW PLAY
UPDATE: April, 2017
The Society is pleased to announce that all of the 191 eligible scripts received for this award have now been read by two or more readers. We have now achieved a final shortlist of 17 plays and these, in alphabetical order, are as follows:-
A CASE OF YOU
AFTER THE BALL
BETTER LEFT UNSAID
FUNES THE MEMORIOUS
LENIN IN POLAND
THE ONION AT THE END
THE RATTIGAN AFFAIR
THE WILD BOY
The writers of all these plays will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, which we hope will take place in the Autumn of 2017, when the winner and runner-up will be announced. Our final judges – Julian Fellowes, Dan Rebellato, Thea Sharrock and David Suchet, will be looking at the shortlisted plays during the next few months.
After the announcement of the winner and the runner-up, we shall make arrangements for writers whose plays have not been successful and who would like to have some feedback to learn about the readers’ reports on their scripts.
There have been some outstanding entries and the Society would like to thank all the talented writers who made submissions.
Love in Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn is transferring to the Apollo Theatre for 7 weeks only (50 performances) from 11th May.
The Deep Blue Sea – Guildford
15-17 June 2017 evenings 7.30pm (Saturday matinee on 17 June at 3.00pm)
· The Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
· Directed by Michael Gaunt
· Tickets available now: http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/the-deep-blue-sea (Box office: +44 1483 440000)
· Tickets priced at £15
· TTA Productions: http://www.ttaproductions.co.uk (Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ttaproductionssurrey)
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The Terence Rattigan Society Award
Update 27th December, 2016
35 best plays, go forward to third reader stage.
The Judging panel is pleased to announce that all submitted scripts have been read by two of our readers and we have arrived at a Longlist of the 35 plays with the best marks and reports. These plays will now go forward to a third reader. Here is a list of the titles of the Longlisted plays, in alphabetical order.
A Case of You
After the Ball
Artists and Models
Better Left Unsaid
Breakfast by Candlelight
Flies to Wanton
Funes, The Memorious
Lenin in Poland
The Onion at the End
The Rattigan Affair
The Wild Boy
Things We Should Have Said Today
Windows of Heaven
HUGE RESPONSE for The Terence Rattigan Society Award for a new play for the theatre.
Update – October, 2016.
The Society is delighted to announce that by the closing date (end of August 2016) one hundred and ninety seven (197) scripts had been submitted for this award. Seven of these scripts were ineligible as they did not fit the criteria set out by the Society in the published rules.
We are now considering 190 scripts submitted from all over the UK. All scripts received have had an electronic acknowledgement and most of these 190 scripts have been sent out, anonymously, to two separate readers. When all the reports have been received, a longlist of plays will be sent on to a third reader.
The standard of submissions has been extremely high. To date thirty seven scripts have already been identified as having potential and will be read by a third reader and in addition many scripts have not yet been reported on by two readers.
The 20 best plays will go on to the next stage and eventually a shortlist of three plays will be selected and sent to the Final Judges – Thea Sharrock, Julian Fellowes, David Suchet and Professor Dan Rebellato.
This process will take rather longer than anticipated, due to the excellent response. We cannot say yet when the results will be announced, but please watch this space.