Tell A Tale in 500 Words

Tell A Tale in 500 Words

Tell A Tale in 500 Words

“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self” Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is celebrated as one of Britain’s greatest writers. With novels such as Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities he created some of the most amusing and enduring characters in fiction.

Dickens lived in the Victorian era, a time of change and moral responsibility where social problems such as poverty, rioting and poor working and living conditions were widespread. During his life, Dickens was an advocate for children’s rights and free public education and through his novels attempted to address the social inequalities he observed.

In A Tale of Two Cities, he explored his concerns that the troubles people were facing in England would lead to a revolution similar to that which had happened in France in the 1790s and drew attention to the inevitability of violence caused by the irresponsibility of people in power.

 

This project needs you!

In celebration of Dickens and to mark the Autumn 2016 theatre tour of Mike Poulton’s adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, we want you to write a 500-word tale with the theme making change happen. Dickens wrote many short stories and believed doing so helped people release private emotions and fantasies that couldn’t be placed in longer narratives.

 

Get writing! 

Dickens created worlds and characters to bring wider attention to the issues he felt needed to be changed and to give a voice to the people of his time.


We want you to tell a tale with the theme making change happen. How you do it is up to you! Your tale doesn’t have to be set in Victorian England, or even England at all! It doesn’t have to be about people or politics. It could be about a lonely robot or a baby frog. Be as imaginative as you can!

 

All we ask is that you look at the themes from A Tale of Two Cities as your inspiration and think about what you would like to change and how.

Themes: inequality, revolution, sacrifice, violence, shadows and darkness, imprisonment.

 

Prizes

A Tale of Two Cities premieres on 12th September at Royal & Derngate, Northampton. It then tours to cities and town across the UK until 26 November 2016.

  • At each city or town, Theatre Cloud and the Tell A Tale judges will select two tales to send to the cast of A Tale of Two Cities. An actor will then choose their favourite tale and perform a filmed reading at the theatre. Each reading will be available to watch online and makes it onto the shortlist.
  • In the final week of the tour, the Tell A Tale judges will review the shortlisted tales and decide which one comes top and receives a grand prize of £300. Judges will also choose a runner-up who will win £150. A third prize will be awarded to the tale that’s most popular with audiences online.
  • Everybody that participates in the project will receive an exclusive £10 ticket offer  (valid on 2 tickets) to see A Tale of Two Cities on stage at their local theatre.

Get Involved

#TellATale

Write a 500-word short story with the theme of 'making change happen'.

Register to TheatreCloud.com and add your submission

 

Deadline: 6pm, 19 November 2016

Rules

1. Entry to this project is free and open to persons of all ages who reside in the UK.

2. Your story must be your own original work and must be unpublished at the time of entry. We accept no responsibility should entrants ignore these Terms & Conditions. Short stories should be fictional and must be no longer than 500 words in length.

3. Submit your story by registering to theatecloud and uploading your work via the online form. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept submissions by other methods. All submissions will be published here on the project page.

4. Submissions will be judged on originality, characterisation and enjoyment, in addition to the relevance to the theme and a consideration of Charles Dickens’ beliefs.

5. Entrants retain all rights to their entries but by submitting a story to the project, grant and acknowledge our right to publish the story as required in promoting the project and in the fulfillment of prizes.

6. Due to the large number of entrants, we are unable to respond individually to all submissions

7. Entry opens on Monday 8 August 2016 and closes on Saturday 19 Nov 2016 at 6PM. Submissions received after this deadline will not be accepted.

 

For more information or help, please email [email protected]

View submissions

Upload

Submissions are currently closed

Submissions

Recalled to Life
By James Bollen

I was an empty shell. Sickness filled my head turning my senses into vague grasping. The edges of my vision were unclear, but I could still make out the living room where I was standing only moments before.…

Revolution
By Joanna Hunter

Revolution “We are considering and will inform you later.” Mr. Lewitt wandered out into the spring sunshine to spend an anxious lunch hour awaiting the decision on his completed design. He…

Making Change Happen: A Pantomime
By E Metcalfe

The regional office of Moverley’s is drab. The week before Christmas the manager, Simon, has forbidden decorations in the office. The team try to keep their spirits up. Jason, has brought in cinnamon-spiced…

Tiger Under Glass
By Gerard Corroon

   500 words Tiger Under Glass by Gerard Corroon   I have been walking for a long time, unaware of the world. Who are you? whispers the rain. Who are you, really? I approach the end, the…

The End of the Republic
By Iain Lewis

“Stand fast men” called Marcus Brutus, “We have the numbers! Victory shall find us this day.” Despite the raging tumult of the battle on the ground, a small area of calm had emerged…

Slow But Steady
By Jessica Searle

She wanted something to change, but this really wasn’t the way she’d envisaged it happening. When she’d relayed her findings to her parents, gone to her friends in an angry rage, told…

The Price of Freedom
By Kelsie Jesson

She paid a high price for opening her mouth, and she would pay a worse one for what she planned to do next. Three months, that’s how long she’s spent in this small circular room. By now through…

Inkersole
By Senshaye Deng

We had a pact, Inkersole and I. Secret, sworn with spit and blood. And screams and scars. That was Inkersole: red. He'd burn with fury so dangerous that his eyes were embers, his hair grey ash, even…

Cold Nights on Bleak Streets
By Seth Allan

Take a seat, take a seat. Make yourself comfortable. The kettle’s on - Jimmy’ll bring some tea through shortly - shouldn’t be a minute. How have you been keeping? The weather’s…

Cosmetic Change
By Alicia Griggs

In Trafalgar Square, a small stage is the centre of attention. The crowd hums with anticipation and excitement as it awaits the performance that is due to begin. People jump as a voice suddenly addresses…

Handled poorly
By Izzy Waters

There are hands. There are hands. There are hands everywhere, leaving fingerprints on every surface- from the earth’s ravaged innards up to its ruptured atmosphere. There are hands clinging onto…

The Journey
By Amanda Allen

She was no more than 12, holding her engorged belly in her tiny red hands, the arms of a smaller male child embracing her, protecting her not just from the human elements, as they huddled amongst the…

A Cup of Sweet Tea
By Olivia Gwyne

Driving through wintery countryside Julie talks to the boy sitting beside her in the passenger seat, who smiles and nods. A shy smile, an agreeing nod, as though he isn’t quite sure what it is he’s…

A Tale of Two Cities: Money to Burn
By Laura Fletcher

A ten-pound note flutters down from the bridge. Most people hardly notice it. The buzzing of activity hides it- black polished shoes clatter on the cold hard ground. But a homeless man watches the note…

No Depth
By Jessica Woodward

The day had arrived and you had no option to miss it. There were posters on the inside of every toilet door so that you had to remember it even at your most solitary moments. There were flyers on the…

Through the Marram Grass
By Steven Philp

A grey wind blew as the man and girl stood alone on the bleak sand spit. At sea white horses collided, spewing forth angry froth. With a voice like cracking rocks, John spoke. “Right, the cold’s…

Ghosts in the Forest
By Kandace Walker

Ghosts in the forest. Their skin is chalky and blue. They run naked through the trees, their bodies brushing against the leaves with a sound like a whisper. What power lets the ghosts run like that? Never…

There were Twelve
By Susan James

There were twelve of us in that house. They found eleven, arrested ten. That’s what they do: set one person free as a warning to the others. We found them, and we’ll find you. Jon was hidden…

Perimeter Walls
By Jerome Muir

I arrived at the hotel in darkness, the heat of the Mumbai night acting as my concierge. Western suits, ushered from taxi to reception by staff in faux-uniform benevolence. Inside, an atrium of deadened…

ESCAPE by KATHRYN ELIZABETH BOYER
By Kathryn Boyer

She gently shook her daughter and watched as she opened her eyes with a smile, wide despite the early hour. ‘Mummy?’ she said quizzically. Shhhhh…..’time to get up, sleepyhead’.…