An e-mail arrives from The Traverse this morning.
‘Dear Cameron Phillips,
Thank you for sending us your play, Seven Lucky Stars.
This is not a play we are in a position to produce. As you may know, most of the plays we produce are commissioned in-house. It is very rare that an unsolicited script makes it to one of our stages.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with your work. Engaging with writers at all stages of their career is central to our Artistic policy.
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For your information we are now only accepting online script submissions, you can find out more about the new script submissions process by visiting http://www.traverse.co.uk/writing/send-us-your-writing/ .
We hope to see you at the Traverse at some point soon.’
It looks like the standard, generated rejection response but then a place like The Traverse could hardly be in a position to write personally to everybody who sends them material. Whilst receiving this kind of reply might be a cue for being a bit downhearted it’s far better than receiving no response at all (which has happened to me before).
I’m not under any illusion of thinking Seven Lucky Stars will be taken in it’s current form and performed professionally as this hardly ever happens and the script would probably need somebody with a better knowledge than I to read over before another rewrite.
This is hardly the end of the world.