Exciting News! Script submissions are now open! Please, read the guidelines and send us your play! We want to hear from YOU!
Please, take a look at the list of themes and suggested corresponding Ovid's stories. Choose the one(s) that interest you most. Write a short play (up to 25mins) inspired by the chosen myth(s) – it could be an adaptation / modern take / deconstructed version or simply your own response to it. We are interested in the stories that reflect our times and are rooted in an easily recognisable social context. The common thread to all the plays (regardless of the theme you chose) is a ‘transformation’ a.k.a. metamorphosis. Ground-breaking form, elements of visual/physical/abstract theatre and bold choices are encouraged. Plays previously performed will also be accepted, however we ask writers to stay open to a new interpretation and cast/crew.
I) WORLD CREATION
Suggested topics: utopian/dystopian world; new beginnings; how easily one conflict can escalate and cause injustice in the world; how we are being punished for the 'sins' of our pre-ancestors; pathological behaviour passed on from generation to generation.
Corresponding Ovid’s stories/myths: Creation; Four Ages; Flood; Lycaon
II) DIVINE RAPE
Suggested topics: abuse of power; gender inequality and injustice; victim-blaming; lifelong stigma on the rape victims.
Corresponding Ovid’s stories/myths: Juniper rapes: Io, Callisto, Danae, Leda, Europa
Suggested topics: consequences of hubris; psychological reasoning behind an individual's overwhelming pride; excessive confidence and arrogance in everyday life (at home / workplace); irrational and harmful behaviour as a result of excessive pride.
Corresponding Ovid’s stories/myths: Daedalus & Icarus; King Midas; Niobe; Phaeton
IV) UNREQUITED LOVE
Suggested topics: unrequited feelings & futile attempts to be loved; loneliness; violent expressions of love; romance without a happy ending.
Corresponding Ovid’s stories/myths: Narcissus and Echo; Polyphemus and Galatea; Daphne and Apollo; Apollo and Hyacinthus
V) POWER OF ARTS
Suggested topics: art enables people to transcend suffering; the lack of artistry can cause big-scale conflicts; art enables people to communicate their feelings and save lives; the artists escape the misery of death by living on forever in their own creations.
Corresponding Ovid’s stories/myths: Orpheus; Appollo; Pygmalion; Philomela
Interested? Please, send your play(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Metamorphoses - Writers' as well as a synopsis of your piece(s) by noon on Sunday 26th of February. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.