Script Assessment Service

Are you an aspiring or emerging playwright?

Have you written the first draft of a play and don’t know what to do next? 
Have you begun writing a draft only to find it’s just not working?

Minola Theatre’s script assessment service is here to help.

Receive professional feedback and mentorship from Bianca Butler Reynolds, a published and award-winning playwright with a PhD in playwriting from QUT. An experienced university tutor, Bianca has helped hundreds of student writers find their voice and enhance their expressive and technical skills. 

Depending on your needs and the stage of your work-in-progress, feedback is available regarding:

  • Pace
  • Tension
  • Characterisation
  • Voice
  • Structure
  • Dialogue
  • Producibility and cost considerations
  • Genre and form considerations
  • Technical accuracy (formatting, syntax, grammar, punctuation)
  • …Or whatever else you need!

Minola Theatre can tailor an assessment package to suit your needs and budget. Our standard services and rates are as follows:

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Big Picture Feedback

  • Submit: A 2-3 page overview of your play idea including synopsis, character descriptions, key themes to be explored, your goals in writing the piece, and your major concerns/uncertainties
  • Receive: 1-2 pages of written feedback OR attend a 30-minute face-to-face feedback session with Bianca
  • Cost: $50

Writing Sample Feedback (Basic)

  • Submit: A 20-30 page writing sample, either showing a continuous segment or various scenes from your draft play. Note any key questions or concerns you have regarding this segment or the play as a whole. 
  • Receive: 2-3 pages of written feedback OR attend a 45-minute face-to-face feedback session with Bianca
  • Cost: $75

 

Writing Sample Feedback (Detailed)

  • Submit: A 20-30 page writing sample, either showing a continuous segment or various scenes from your draft play. Note any key questions or concerns you have regarding this segment or the play as a whole. 
  • Receive: 1-2 pages of written feedback PLUS a detailed mark-up of the writing sample (in-text comments, suggestions and track changes)
  • Cost: $250

Whole Script Feedback (Basic)

  • Submit: A complete draft of your play (80-110 pages). Note any key questions or concerns you have regarding the draft.
  • Receive: 4-5 pages of written feedback OR attend a 60-minute face-to-face feedback session with Bianca
  • Cost: $150

Whole Script Feedback (Detailed)

  • Submit: A complete draft of your play (80-110 pages). Note any key questions or concerns you have regarding the draft.
  • Receive: 2-3 pages of written feedback PLUS a detailed mark-up of the entire script (in-text comments, suggestions and track changes)
  • Cost: $700

Extended Mentorship

  • Work with Bianca over a 6-month period to receive feedback at numerous stages of your script’s development. Feedback can be provided on multiple drafts, and may comprise written comments, face-to-face meetings, phone consultations, or a combination of these. (N.B. Bianca will provided a maximum of 90 hours of work over a 6-month period.)
  • Price on enquiry

Development Reading

This is a great option if you’re happy with how your draft looks on paper, and are ready to hear it read. Hearing dialogue spoken by actors can often reveal issues or areas for improvement in the text that are hard to identify otherwise. Minola Theatre can source actors and host a read-through of the full draft of your script. The reading will be followed by a facilitated feedback session where you can bounce ideas around with your actors and the Minola Theatre team, in a supportive and judgement-free environment. Feedback gained through this process can drive the next draft of your script.

  • Submit: A complete draft of your play, including casting requirements
  • Receive: A 3-hour session with Kat and Bianca, the co-Artistic Directors of Minola Theatre, and a team of actors selected to match the requirements of your script. You will hear your script read in full, and have the opportunity to ask questions and bounce ideas around. Kat and Bianca are committed to creating a safe and supportive space, where you feel comfortable in sharing your work.
  • Price on enquiry

Keen on the service, but not on playwriting?

Assessment services for other forms of creative writing (novel, short story, screenplay, creative non-fiction, etc.) are available on request. Do you have assessment needs that don’t suit any of the above packages? Contact Bianca to discuss a tailorable package that works for you. 

Submit a script

Ready to have your script assessed? Contact Bianca with ‘Script Assessment Service: [YOUR NAME]’ in the subject line. You don’t need to send your script right away — just introduce yourself and your project, and let Bianca know which assessment package you think works best for you. She’ll help you hammer out the details and agree on a fee for the service. You’ll be issued an invoice, which you can pay within 14 days of receipt.