Second Sons Theatre Company seeking shorts for new writing night

Second Sons Theatre Company are running a new writing night titled: Play Time. They are accepting submissions from UK-based writers who have bold and exciting pieces of theatre to offer.

Following sold out runs at Theatre N16 and The Bunker, they are again looking for short plays, no longer than 12 minutes in length, with minimal technical requirements.

The chosen plays will be put on as part of Play Time, which will be held on Sunday 17 December 2017 at a central London fringe venue.

In their words: “We want to read bold new writing. We want to surprise and engage our audience with unique work.​ Although we’re not exploring a festive theme, as this show is the week before Christmas if you have anything ‘of the season’ then send it in!”

How to apply: Submissions and any supporting documents (scripts, CV’s) should be sent in PDF format to Please title the email ‘Play Time’, and include the title of the piece you are submitting.

Deadline: 23 October 2017

Source: Direct Contact

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film

The Female Gaze is an online film magazine run by playwright Sarah Gonnet, that features reviews and longer pieces
on film and TV.

They are currently seeking monologues of 5 minutes in length, written by women, about women in film. The idea is that the chosen monologues will be tied together to create a play that would be performed live, as well as publication of the script, and associated workshops about women in film.

The monologues should have only one character speaking, although this does not have to be in the voice of the woman you have chosen, it could be a fictionalised character associated with woman you have decided to write about.

You are asked to pick and write about one woman from the list provided, which can be found here. If there is a woman you would like to write about which can’t be found on the list, feel free to go for it.

Ten monologues will be chosen for the final play.

Read full details here.

How to apply: Send your monologues to to apply.

Deadline: 8 January 2018

Source: Direct Contact

Woman SRSLY launches open call for proposals

Woman SRSLY is a bi-monthly cabaret style performance event, which creates support and a platform for female-led performance work.

After a successful first night in August, Woman SRSLY is launching an open call for proposals from performance artists to participate in future Woman SRSLY events at CentrE17, Walthamstow.

They are seeking proposals from female identified artists who have bold ideas for new performance work including theatre, dance and film.

They’re looking for shows which:
• have a strong visual and/or conceptual element
• celebrates different notions of what femininity means to the artist
• made by female-identified/gender queer/non-binary artists (work which includes male performers will also be accepted)
• are new, scratch or tour ready
• are between 10-20 mins in length
• can be performed in a with a basic technical set up (technical specs available on request)
• are innovative and experimental in form
• Work that comes under the banner of dance, theatre, film, cabaret and performance art. They are particularly interested in work, which is underrepresented in a traditional theatre setting. Unfortunately, they cannot accept applications for live music.
• are made by artists based in the UK

As well as an opportunity to share your work, they are offering:
• 10% of profits from ticket sales will be paid to each act
• Marketing and press for the event
• Technical support and technical rehearsal
• Film of work and images

How to apply: To apply, please download and complete the application form which can be found here, and send to

Deadline: 28 September 2017 at 6pm

Source: Direct Contact

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development

Target Theatre Company are now accepting submissions of new plays in consideration for development with their company.

They are looking plays that have not previously been produced or performed. Plays should not be under consideration by any other theatre or company at this time.

In their words: “Plays should feel urgent and relevant to the here and now.”

All work submitted should be complete drafts, and would preferably require no more than three actors.

How to apply: To apply, send your scripts to with the subject ‘PLAY SUBMISSION’ and a brief description of the piece.

Deadline: None stated 

Source: Target Theatre Company 

Talawa Theatre Company seeking Black theatre-makers for Talawa Studio Firsts

Talawa Theatre Company have launched Talawa Studio Firsts, a new initiative for Black theatre-makers to create a new piece of work in a Studio with their support.

Talawa Theatre Company will work with 3 emerging artists or companies, giving exclusive use of a Studio for one week of research and development during autumn 2017. The available slots are during weeks commencing 13, 20 and 27 November.

In their words: “Whether you are a director, deviser, sound engineer or multi-disciplinary artist, if you have a new idea to test or explore, Talawa wants to hear from you. Studio Firsts creates a space in which emerging artists (18+) can experiment and take risks: we are not looking for applications from playwrights or directors reviving a classic text. This is not about offering a free rehearsal space, but about Talawa investing in you as a theatre-maker and supporting you in developing something new.”

Read full details here.

How to apply: You can find the application form here via the Talawa Theatre Company website.

Deadline: 30 September 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Traverse Theatre seeking scripts for annual open submission window

Traverse Theatre have opened their annual submission window, and are seeking bold, brilliant and innovative new plays. They are looking for full-length scripts from writers from across the UK, Scotland and Ireland.

In their words: “We want to know what you have to say about the world today – where we are going, what consumes us, what matters. Provoke us, entice us, move us and give us a story that could only be told on the Traverse stages.”

They will not accept:

  • plays that have already been produced elsewhere
  • adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts
  • musicals, historical dramas or bio-plays
  • short plays (scripts must be over 30 minutes in length)
  • more than one play per writer per year
  • redrafts of previously submitted work, even if retitled
  • plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

To ensure an unbiased response to your play, all scripts received through Open Submissions are read anonymously. Please remove your name and contact details from the script itself, and check that your play is clearly formatted, with page numbers, cast list and potential cast doubling noted before sending it.

How to apply: Submissions can be made here via the Traverse Theatre website.

Deadline: 30 September 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Graeae Theatre Company seeking BAME D/deaf & Disabled Writers

Graeae, Bush TheatreSoho Theatre, Ovalhouse, Talawa and Tamasha are offering a unique development opportunity for BAME D/deaf and disabled playwrights nationwide! Write to Play is a paid year-long new writing course for D/deaf and disabled writers run by award-winning theatre company Graeae.

With the programme now in its fifth year, Graeae is partnering with five acclaimed theatre companies, to offer BAME D/deaf and disabled playwrights nationwide the opportunity to develop their writing skills. Throughout the programme, you’ll be mentored and supported to participate in workshops led by theatre professionals to hone and develop your writing. You’ll write two short pieces, as well as a full length play.

Write to Play is a paid opportunity and each writer will get a bursary of £1800 (paid in installments) for their participation on the programme. Expenses related to participation, such as travel and accommodation, are also covered by the programme.

Read full details here.

How to apply: Applications must be made here via the Graeae website.

Deadline: 2 October 2017 

Source: ArtsJobs

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 September 2017

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Featured posts:

Introducing the Online Book Club for Playwrights

5 Playwrights Share The Plays You Need To Read Right Now

How To Create New Work: A Chat with Sam Sedgman of the NT Podcast

Are women writers making themselves invisible?

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for new writing night XPOSED

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Salon Pictures open call for first-time filmmakers – Deadline: 15 September 2017

Anima Theatre Company seeking emerging writers for new writing project – Deadline: 15 September 2017

Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize) – Deadline: 16 September 2017

It’s Not A Box Theatre seeking stories for production in Paris (paid) – Deadline: 16 September 2017

Arcola Theatre accepting applications from BAMER playwrights – Deadline: 19 September 2017

Get Over It Productions seeks scripts for female-centric scratch night – Deadline: 20 September 2017

Project 2036 bursary for BAMER Playwright, Producer and Director, Bush Theatre – Deadline: 21 September 2017

New Wolsey Theatre’s PULSE Festival Opens Submissions for Testing Ground 2018 – Deadline: 22 September 2017

Tamasha Playwrights seeking full-length scripts – Deadline: 25 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Hammond House accepting scripts for screenwriting competition (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Itch + Scratch theatre seeking shorts on theme of ‘Great’ Britain – Deadline: 2 October 2017

Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for new writing night XPOSED – Deadline: 2 October 2017

Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking scripts for scratch night – Deadline: 2 October 2017

Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women now open for submissions – Deadline: 9 October 2017

Women’s Comedy Festival accepting applications (£50 prizes) – Deadline: 12 October 2017

Amper and Sand Publishers seeking short plays for publication – Deadline: 15 October 2017

Tron Theatre seeking applications for Mayfesto Award – Deadline: 23 October 2017

Bush Theatre accepting scripts through open submission window – Deadline: 31 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Theatrefullstop seeking shorts for pub theatre festival – Deadline: 1 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

Playwriting Workshops with John Burgess in Burgundy, France – 5-11 October 2017 & 9-14 November 2017

Playwriting Courses at The National Theatre (£500/£350 concessions cost) -19 September – 28 November 2017 & 22 September – 1 December 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

6 week playwriting workshop with Lee Anderson at the Arcola (£85 cost) – 31 October – 5 December 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission 

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

Tron Theatre seeking applications for Mayfesto Award

In celebration of Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People 2018’ the Tron Theatre is launching the Mayfesto Award, a new annual award for early career playwrights in Scotland.

One writer will be awarded a £2,000 cash prize, and a package including script development sessions and a run of public rehearsed readings at Mayfesto 2018. In this inaugural year of the award, applications will only be accepted from young people aged 18 – 25.

‘Year of Young People 2018’ is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. Tron Theatre CREATIVE is honoured to be promoting young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions.

How to apply: Full details of how to apply can be found here via the Tron Theatre website.

Deadline: 23 October 2017 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Amper and Sand Publishers seeking short plays for publication

Amper & Sand, a young, independent London-based publisher seeks short play scripts for its latest publication, which will celebrate the best of the UK’s short play writing.

In their words: “Short play nights are a common way for emerging playwrights to have their work performed, meet directors, work with actors, and engage in the theatre-making process. The short play as a form forces playwrights to be creative and concise. However, short plays are rarely performed for more than one night. Rarer still is the opportunity for playwrights to have their short plays published.”

They are looking for scripts that have been performed at a venue in the UK in 2017 and scripts that are under 15 pages of dialogue.

Each playwright will be compensated £10.

How to apply: Submissions must be made here via the Amper and Sand website.

Deadline: 15 October 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

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