Writing Challenge: Can you pen a Brave New ending?

Writing Challenge: Can you pen a Brave New ending?

Our Brave New Ending Writing Challenge is brought to you in partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company ahead of their forthcoming major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley's future-shock literary classic. This Creative Project is open to aspiring writers of all ages. And there’s a very starry prize for ten lucky winners...
 

What do I have to do?

IN PREPARATION, you should:

  1. READ the book if you haven’t already
  2. WATCH our video interview with playwright Dawn King on her process of adapting Brave New World for the forthcoming tour, as well as her advice on how she would approach this writing challenge.

GET WRITING:

Write a final scene for your own imagined version of Brave New World. This should NOT be a dramatised scene of the book’s actual ending. Instead it should be a scene (no more than FIVE minutes) created from your own imagination that takes place either BEFORE or AFTER or as an ALTERNATIVE to the book’s existing conclusion.
 

What do I get?

All submissions will be published online here. The overall best ten submissions – as judged by writer Dawn King and producer Jenny King – will be invited to take part in a very special, one-day, playwriting workshop*, led by renowned writer and actor Nigel Planer

PLUS, if you submit before 7 September 2015, you may ALSO be in the running to have your scene given a professional rehearsed reading on stage at one of the show’s eight touring venues.** 

*Note: The workshop, which will take place in Birmingham in January 2016 (date tbc) is free of charge and includes lunch and reasonable travel expenses (within the UK). Accommodation is not provided. ** To be considered for a rehearsed reading, your script must involve no more than THREE characters; otherwise, please limit yourself to FIFTEEN characters.

Final submissions deadline is 31 December 2015.

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Deadline: 31 December 2015.

 

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Brave new ending
By Stuart Haycox

Brave New World A reporter returns to the city with the sayings of the savage. It spreads throughout causing concern particularly from the higher archy. The crowd arrive at the lighthouse where the savage…

Brave Shared World
By Cathy Thomas-Bryant

This scene follows the section of the book: "The door of the helicopter opened, and out stepped, first a fair and ruddy- faced young man, then, in green velveteen shorts, white shirt, and jockey…

Brave Old World
By Helen Shay

BRAVE OLD WORLD Stage in darkness. Sound of gentle rain. Lights up on PROSPERO, ARIEL, MIRANDA and FERDINAND. MIRANDA and FERDINAND are seated, perfectly still in freeze frame, playing chess. PROSPERO:…

Chapter XVIII
By peter Mason

Brave New World. Chapter XVIII. The Savage knocked loudly on the door. “John?” “What are you preparing to do with me? Am I to be sent to an Island?” “Do you want that John?”…

Brave New World ending reworked by Subika Anwar
By Subika Anwar

Scene 1 The Savages’ (John) campsite, by the edge of a cliff. Fire is burning. In the background can be seen a lighthouse where he resides. They are by an Ocean. Thomas, his father enters. John…

CALIBAN
By Rena Brannan Brannan

A room - opposite of an interrogation room – brightly lit with personality from a bygone era maybe even from 500 years in the past let’s say the 1950s. There’s a bookcase and Degas’s…

BRAVE NEW ENDING
By Ellie Beecham

A repeat of the opening scene of the Play:- THIS SCENE TAKES PLACE SOME MONTHS AFTER JOHN’S SUICIDE A SHOPPING MALL      the World State's motto “COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY…

Father and Son
By Giles Fernando

INTRO: In this alternative ending, John’s father returns to try and save John and take him to “The Cooperative”. CAST: TOMAKIN, 50 JOHN, 23 At a deserted air-lighthouse, between Puttenham…

Freedom For The Savage.
By Rumaanah Yasin

BRAVE NEW WORLD ALTERNATE ENDING CHALLENGE RUMAANAH YASIN My scene takes place after the helicopters have left, it precedes his suicide which I think was the inevitable ending and the only possible ending…

The Pity of Brave New World
By Valma Gilkes

Savage fights for his moral survival but, challenged by the Controller of the Brave New World, he is defeated BRAVE NEW WORLD (A possible ending) Characters: John, the Savage; Lenina. Controller, Mustapha…

If We Shadows Have Offended
By Frederik Kaster

INTRODUCTION When reading the book, I found the second half very inconsistent with the world: Places like the pueblo or the islands and people like John don’t fit into a world in which nature is…

lENINA
By A McDermott

It is 25 years since the suicide of the Savage, but he has not been forgotten. This scene is set in the office of the World Controller, Bernard Marx. A disciplinary hearing for Lenina Crowne who is accused…

The Third Place
By Giles Fernando

INTRO In this alternative ending, Lenina returns to try and save John. Bernard arrives and tries to take John to a new place, The Cooperative. CAST: JOHN, 24, LENINA CROWNE, 25 BERNARD MARX, 50 A deserted…

Civilized or Savage?
By Daren Carpmail

Civilized or Savage? INTRODUCTION: Two years after the death of John Savage, Bernard Marx and Helmholtz Watson are exiled together on the Falkland Islands. They share a cabin in a small community of outcasts.…

A BRAVE NEW ENDING
By Samantha Boyd

OUTSIDE JOHN’S ‘RETREAT’ - SOUND OF HELICOPTERS, ACROSS, THE DWSL CORNER IS A ROPE CORDENING OFF A SURGING CROWD OF AS MANY ACTORS AS CAN BE AFFORDED WHO ARE TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH…

WHAT DO WE DO WITH JOHN?
By Ian Richardson

190815 This additional scene takes place after John Savage hangs himself. It plays with the unlikeliness of a neat ending. SETTING Stage is empty except for Up Center white spotlights on a red plastic…

EXILED: FROM DYSTOPIA TO UTOPIA?
By Madeleine Sutcliffe

INTRODUCTION The final scene replaces Huxley's last chapter in Brave New World. Mustapha has changed his mind and allows John to join Helmholtz, and accompanies the three exiles to the Falklands.…

The End?
By Izzy Dignum

I wrote this as a kind of predecessor to John’s suicide – to me, it was inevitable that he should end his life. This is just after the whip incident with Lenina in the final chapter, and I…

Life always Goes On
By Simon Evans

NOOTE: This text was prepared using Celtx but formatting has been lost.} Life Always Goes On Huxley's Brave New World is not Huxley's, and where Miranda took delight in the goodly things (and…