Comedy Project 2016

Grand Scheme was delighted to be involved in this year’s showcase for new comedy writing at The Soho Theatre.
‘Conkers’, a mainstream situation comedy, is a script that Grand Scheme’s Mark Robson and co-writer Chris McGuire have been working on for a while. Their ambition is to try and create a show that has echoes of traditional BBC One comedies like ‘Are You Being Served’, albeit with contemporary stories and characters.
“We learnt a hell of a lot”, says Mark. “It was painful, educational and inspirational all at the same time. There is nothing like actually hearing great actors deliver your script to make it a tangible thing. It is exposed to the light and you can see all the flaws”.
Amongst the cast were Lizzie Roper who is a key member of the BBC’s ‘Boy Meets Girl’, JUlian Dutton – who helped wrote and performed in Matt Lucas’s ‘Pompidou’ and Toby Williams, who featured in Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’.
Mark and Chris knew the script needed more work and the live event confirmed it. “The staged reading energised Chris and I to write a fresh draft. We recommend it to any writer – get your script read by actors in front of an audience. It’s an amazing experience”.
The Soho Project runs annually at The Soho Theatre and more information can be obtained from Hollie Ebdon at Ebdon Management.

They got a job!

Madeline Addy, who attended our Comedy Script Editing course earlier in the year has recently won a position working at David Walliams and Miranda Hart’s KING BERT.
Maddy says: “A huge thank you for putting together such an excellent, helpful and extremely insightful course. The skills and advice you both imparted to us along with Ian Brown and James Hendrie have been incredibly invaluable for a new job I’ve recently started as Head of Comedy Development at King Bert Productions”.

From Drum


“The Grand Scheme team ran a series of incredibly successful, entertaining and educational training sessions for Drum/Omnicom Media Groups leading mid level creatives, account managers, producers and directors. Their style and panache was really engaging, the whole team benefitted hugely from the years of experience they brought to the table. We will be running follow ups for the wider group in the coming months”.

Drama Note

Our new series of Drama Script Editing courses for 2016 are under way. Expert trainer Philip Shelley will be travelling the UK meeting people interested in the skills and techniques required to work as a Script Editor on high end TV drama series.
With the explosion of production across the drama genre, there is an increased need for script editors. Philip’s course is a great introduction because he lays down the rules, explains how to write good script notes and reports, and he brings in a professional writer who will listen to the notes prepped by the group.
The course, which is part-funded by The HETV Levy Fund through Creative Skillset, runs for two days and we are keen to involve Drama Indies as mentors for our students.
All our courses can be booked through Eventbrite and more dates for Philips tour will be announced soon.