FPC at the Primadonna Festival


After their successful Spring Test Flight (Mentoring Scheme Plus) Female Pilot Club are going on summer manoeuvres to the Primadonna Festival in Suffolk.


Writer-producer and script coach Kay Stonham will be talking about what makes a great sit-com, FPC look for when choosing scripts for their readings and how you can turn your good idea for a TV series into a great pilot script.


The festival will be 'Pay What You Can', so come and join Kay.


Apart from Kay's workshop, there will be talks and panels from Sandi Toksvig, Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh, Viv Groskop, Natalie Monique Roffey, Grace Dent, Juno Dawson, Tracey Thorn, Helen Lederer, Adele Parks and many more.




On Tuesday 25th May we read two scripts at our first online event  - the Spring Test Flight Scheme!

The scripts were Final Rites by Sylvia Okyere and Bad Things by Rachel Clark. The other scripts developed with mentors were by Athena Kugblenu, Laura Evelyn & Zara Janjua.

We want to thank our amazing actors; Benjamin Sarpong-Broni, Tom Bell, Jolade Obasola, Dona Croll, Lauren Douglin, Lauren Socha, Matilda Thorpe, Lola Jagun, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Laura Evelyn, Philip Labey, Katharine Bennett Fox, Onosky Ujorha and Ellen Thomas.

The scheme was set up to help brilliant newer writers with barriers to inclusion to connect with their more experienced peers, to work on their winning script. 

The five talented writers were mentored by experienced industry figures with a track record in making TV. Our amazing mentors were: Annie Griffin (The Festival), Frog Stone (Bucket), Amy Schindler (Mystic) Julia Kent, (Class Dismissed) and Roz Kidd. Thank you all! As well as, as always, Emma Barnard and Saskia Shuster at Comedy 50:50 and the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network, which is supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery Funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. 

The mentoring programme was aimed at female writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, who are neuro-diverse, LGBTQ+, late starters, from a non-privileged socio-economic or geographic background. 

Our thanks go to Amanda Wilkin and Jayne Aguire who have volunteered their time and talents not only as actors but also as script readers.

Emily Chase, our associate producer and casting director, has been in the club for some time and on the 20th June gave birth to baby Jago! Many many congratulations to her!

and a Female Pilot Club baby!