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Formatting The First Page of Your Script
'Because people don't remember ISBNs.'
- Stephen Fry (on being asked by Ned Sherrin why his memoir was called Moab is my washpot)
This page explains what we want you to put on the first page of your script.
(Other publishers may want other things.)
  • The first line of your script should be the title.
    I know it's obvious, but it's surprising how many people forget! It helps our communications with reviewers, editor and the author.
  • Use a consistent title. We rely on the author for this!
  • The second line of the script should be the word "By" followed by the name(s) of the author(s).
    Again, it seems obvious. Again you'd be surprised.
  • Use a consistent name. Use the name you want to appear on the script.
    (This can be a real name or a pen name.)
  • The by-line should be followed by a list of characters
  • This should have the heading "Characters".
    (Never "Cast". The cast describes the group of actors who play the characters. They are cast in roles. If Jim is cast as Hamlet, the cast includes Jim but the characters include Hamlet.)
  • One character per line
  • Don't use fancy formatting (particularly don't use tables or multiple columns)
  • Character descriptions at this point should be kept short - a single line at most.
    That line needs to name the character. Everything else is optional. Options include
    • Age (if relevant)
    • Gender (only if not obvious from the name)
    • Role in the play (e.g. "detective" or "butler")
    • Relationship to other characters (e.g. "Janet's husband")
    And that's enough. Demeanour, history and plot should come from the dialogue.
    (If longer character descriptions are desirable, then they should appear in the Production Notes section at the end of the script.)
  • This would be a good time to check that, considering the era in which the play is set, the Character names match their ages
Optional Extras
  • Description of the setting (time and place) should form part of the scene-setting directions of the opening scene, rather than the first page.
  • A copyright notice
The following example shows
- Title
- By-line
- Characters heading
- List of character names with simple descriptors
Making an Example
By Sam Pelling
Sentry 1 - a guardsman
Sentry 2 - another guardsman
Sanders - an officer
Mabel - his wife


Various explorations of character can be found on the Beewaxing Blog
See also
Lazy Bee Scripts House Style
Production Notes
Naming Your Characters

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