Script Read East is a new writer’s showcase offering scriptwriters the chance to rehearse and reformat their work with trained actors in front of a live audience. Set up in 2011 and by Sophie Critchlow and Anna Lines, we’re lucky enough to have supported some of the brightest up-and-coming talent in the London film and theatre world.


After completing a film degree at London College of Printing Sophie enjoyed a stint of low budget filmmaking, producing a few short films and and some time at the BBC New Writers room and CBBC Sitcom Kerching.

Having always loved writing, she left film school frustrated at not having had any screenwriting sessions which led her to take on a screenwriting course at City Lit with the about to be famous Sam Bain.

Having attended and been inspired by ‘Off the Grove’ in the 90’s, Sophie wanted to recreate the format of ‘Off the Grove’ and provide a platform for new writers to develop their work as well as developing her own scripts. Getting back in touch with old school mate Anna Lines, ScriptReadEast was born in 2011.

Since then it has grown and polished the rougher edges, although Sophie has yet to submit her own work…yet!

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