Get Your Script Performed

Room: Acland Lounge

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Have Scenes from Your Script Read, Performed and Workshopped by Professional Actors and Directors

The Actors Table Read Will Take Place over Zoom this year.

Get real and practical insight into how your words are interpreted and performed by actors, the very people who are trained to breath life into them.

Widely used in both feature films and TV in the US, this ‘Table Read’ process will enable you to better see the problems you simply cannot see on the page. This new and unique perspective will help you discover…

  • Dialogue that may be unnecessary (helping you cut and tighten your script)
  • Character dynamics that don’t work (helping you rewrite to improve and clarify)
  • Experience improvisation (you will end up getting credit for their great ideas!)
  • Experience the dynamic energy when your script is performed (unmissable and exciting)
  • Understand better the reasons for rewrites (so you don’t send angry emails to the producer and regret it later)

The Actors' Table Read was so illuminating – seeing what happens to your script when it is handed over to a director and actors was a complete eye-opener."

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

This session will offer you the opportunity to take your writing up a notch, turning a good script into a GREAT script.

All Actors and Directors participating in ‘The Actors Table Read’ will be working professionals. A large proportion of successful projects are born out of ‘relationships’, and this experience should also be looked upon as an opportunity to forge strong connections with potential new creative collaborators.  One exceptionally lucky delegate had his script workshopped by legendary Director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Falling Down, Phone Booth) in 2014 – the LSF is literally full of the stuff that dreams are made of!

Whether your script is a drama, comedy, horror or thriller, we guarantee that you will learn more about your writing and how to improve your script in this session, than from any amount of reader feedback.

Hearing what was in my head come alive in front of me left me inspired."

Edwina Tyrrell, Screenwriter

Edwina Tyrrell, Screenwriter

How It Works

You must have purchased a ticket BEFORE submitting. When purchasing, you will be sent a link to submit, if submissions are still open. We wrote a blog about ‘Dos and Don’ts and Managing Expectations’ around the ATR HERE.

  • tickSubmit one sequence from your project, no more than 4 pages long. Note: We recommend that you submit a sequence that is character and dialogue led. We also remind you that LESS is MORE. Four pages is the maximum, we recommend you submit fewer pages than four.
  • tickThe sequence can include several scenes, but should be one narrative thrust or event, and feature the same characters.
  • tickThe sequence should feature no more than three principle characters aged 16 or over. Note: Incidental characters with minimal lines can be read by the director or the writer on the day.
  • tickThe script MUST be correctly formatted for film production. Please number scenes.
  • tickThe file submitted MUST be PDF. If you are a new writer, consider downloading and using the Final Draft demo as this should meet your needs.
  • tickThe PDF MUST be named with the convention script-title-by-my-name.pdf – for example edward-scissorhands-by-john-august.pdf
  • tickA synopsis of your project – no more than approx 200 words (1,000 characters).
  • tickCharacter / conflict history detailing what has happened to lead the characters to ‘this’ sequence / scene. Each character history should be no more than 100 words.
  • tickVery short character description.
  • tickYou must supply your LSF ticket / transaction number as proof of purchase.
  • tickYou must sign the supplied waiver form that protects our staff, producers, directors and actors.
  • tickEntry for ‘The Script Read’ will open Date TBC. Once you buy your pass to the festival, you will be sent a link.
  • tickDeadline for submissions is Date TBC.
  • tickWe will inform all selected applicants via email at least one month BEFORE the festival, probably sooner.
  • tickActors and directors will be assigned their projects by the LSF Script Read team.
  • tickThere will be no contact between actors/directors and the writers ahead of the session.

799758550‘The ATR was probably the thing I was most nervous about during the whole festival – more than pitching – because this is where I would get to see whether my project worked off the page. I needn’t have been nervous. It was amazing to hear my characters’ voices and see them brought to life. It gave me a real sense of what makes the scene successful, and how a director and actors will interpret my work. The director and the actresses were hugely positive and any criticism was strictly constructive. The ATR was like a laboratory test of my script – where I could see what works and what doesn’t. It was a great learning experience, and a massive confidence boost. I would recommend it to any screenwriter’
Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter