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We’re absolutely thrilled to have launched our celebrations for the fifth anniversary of London Playwrights’ Workshop.

Since we’re based online, there are many of our readers we never get to meet, so it would mean a lot to hear from you – and also provide great momentum for the next stage of our journey.

How to share:

There’s a few ways you can share your thoughts!

  1. Tweet us at @LDNPlaywrights using the hashtag #5yearsLPB
  2. Email us at londonplaywrightsblog@gmail.com
  3. Respond here – pop a sentence or two in the form below and click submit!

What to send us:

You can share with us whatever you’d like, but if you’re looking for a few suggestions:

  1. Describe LPB in 3 words
  2. Write a sentence or two how LPB has helped your writing
  3. Share a photo – we love images! This could be of you / your writing space / a production of your work  – whatever feels right to you.*

We’re going to be collecting these together to share in a blog post as part of our celebration festivities – but if you’d rather your post stay private, only for the team, just note this and we’ll be happy to respect this.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline: 5 March 2018

*We don’t yet have the capacity to accept photo uploads on the website, so best to send these via Twitter or email.

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project

This international playwriting project involves over 200 playwrights who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights around the country.

They are now in their third year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year.

You will find all the information below on how to be a part of our project, along with frequently asked questions, and available historical women.

How to apply: Choose a woman or women to write about. They are looking for 365 NEW women that the project has not yet covered.  They do not accept repeats from previous years yet. You can make sure you don’t claim a repeat by searching through their historical women  alphabetically . If you are not sure who to write about, see their site for a list of available women.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the  CLAIM FORM. You will be asked to choose at least 3 options, in case your lady has already been claimed.

To find the full details about how to submit a proposal for the woman you would like to write about and their formatting guidelines, please see their website. (And do review these guidelines carefully before applying!)

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Source: Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2018 (£16 fee)

Sky Blue choose five plays to be produced in a London venue. One of the winning plays will also be chosen to be made into a short film. This year’s performance will take place in October at the Lost Theatre.

What you get: 

  • Given a full performance at the Lost Theatre, London
  • Developed by professional directors
  • Performed by professional actors
  • Given written assessments by theatre professionals
  • Considered for publication by two or more publishers
  • Filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films
  • A public audience will vote for their favourite
  • Mini Mammoth film award, 1 play turned into a short film
  • Up to 30 plays will be shortlisted

What you pay: There is a non-refundable entry fee of £16.

Rules/What to submit/How to apply:

  1. Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.
  2. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  3. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time no more than 30 minutes.
  4. By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  5. The author’s name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  6. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  7. Entries must be submitted with full payment of £16 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
  8. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  9. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  10. Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.

The entry form can be found on their website.

Deadline: 30 March 2018

Source: Playwrights’ Studio Scotland


Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess in Poitiers, France

Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess
4-8 May 2018
Poitiers, France

John Burgess will be leading a 3 day workshop in a beautiful priory set in lovely gardens close to Poitiers, France from 4-8 May 2018.

The three days will cover basic building blocks: words of one syllable, rhythm, exits and entrances, building a page, surprise, stichomythia, images, actions, silence. There will be time for reading and homework.

John Burgess is a freelance director and lives in London. He worked for fourteen years at the National Theatre where he directed works from the classical, romantic and modern repertoires as well as many new plays. He helped found the NT Studio in 1984 and was the National Theatre’s Head of New Writing 1989-94. He has directed in the UK, Switzerland, Scandinavia and North America and is the author of The Faber Pocket Guide to Greek and Roman Drama.

What you get:Maximum 7 participants, all rooms are single occupancy.

All food, drinks and airport transfers are included. You can choose to stay on after Mr. Burgess has left (at extra cost) for extra days of writing, exploring or resting.

How to apply: Please email jftmorley@hotmail.com  for more details.

Source: Direct contact


Bradford Playhouse seeking short plays on LGBT themes

June sees Bradford Playhouse‘s LGBT month. They are hoping to showcase some of the Best LGBT theatre in the country.

Part of the month will include their New Writing Festival.

What to submit: They are currently open to submissions of short plays between 15 minutes and half an hour in length. The theme must be based around LGBT issues.

How to apply: Please submit scripts to carl@studioat.co.uk.

All scripts submitted will receive feedback.

Deadline: 15 February 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom


28 Plays Later (£20.18 entry, finishers share profits)

28 Plays Later is back for its fourth year, being run by Theatre Deli in association with The Space.

Over the past three years (well, three months to be precise), 485 writers started the process, with 317 completing it. 10,676 plays were written in those months, and while some may never be read again, others have already been performed all around the world.

How it works: Well, during the month of February 2018, you will have to write one short play every day.
Plays can be good, bad, terrible, embarrassingly dreadful – the only thing that’s important is that you write them on that day.

What you pay: You commit £20.18 to the project and the money will be split between all the survivors who make it 28 plays later (minus 32% operational fee, and PayPal transaction fees).

How to sign up: To register, complete the form on their website or email Sebastian at playslater28@gmail.com. Sebastian will then send you account details to contribute £20.18 by 28th January.


Deadline: 28 January 2018

Source: Theatre Delicatessen Newsletter

Series Mania Writers’ Campus in Lille France (free accommodation)

Series Mania Writers’ Campus is a week-long writing workshop offering intensive and high quality training for 20 emerging TV drama writers in Europe. The event will take place from Friday, April 27th to Friday, May 4th.

During their stay in Lille, participants will be mentored by two professional tutors: Martie Cook, who has over 25 years of experience as a television writer and producer, and Sarah Treem who is the showrunner and producer of ‘The Affair‘ (full bios). Participants will have the privilege of meeting experienced tutors, scriptwriters and leading audiovisual professionals.

The participants are selected through a dedicated call for TV drama projects, upon presentation of a project in development. Eligible candidates are writers who can prove at least one professional experience on a broadcast TV series.

1st part: from April 27th to May 1st, classes and workshops at La Plaine Images

2nd part: May 2nd to 4th, conferences, workshops, etc. at Lille Grand Palais as well as a stage presentation in one of the auditoriums during the industry event.

Some participants will be selected among the alumni of the partner schools (details on their website).

Fee: Training is free for all selected writers. Series Mania will cover the cost of accommodation, tuition and accreditation. Only meal expenses and travel are the responsibility of the participants.

How to apply: FAQ and application form can be found on the website.

Deadline: 5 February 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

In Good Company seeking ideas to scratch at Derby Theatre (paid £250)

In Good Company’s scratch nights continue, with its next event taking place on 3 March 2018.

Taking place in Derby Theatre’s Studio, this is an opportunity for you to try out new ideas in front of an audience and get a bit of feedback to help you develop your work in the future and maybe see some fireworks.

Eligibility: This is an open call out for artists and priority will be given to those from the East Midlands who have something to scratch, however they will consider applications from further afield.

What you get / payment: 

Payment: £250 per show (EM artists) £300 (visiting artist).  This is to cover your expenses and you can keep the change if you have any.

Rehearsal Space: There is rehearsal space available at Derby Theatre on the 3rd to be shared equally between the artists.

Tech: You will be allocated a technical rehearsal slot of 1hr in the performance space on the day of the scratch. On the night you will have a shared turn around time 10 minutes either side of your performance

How to apply: Download the application form here and the monitoring form here.

Please return both your application and the monitoring form to Daniel on d.nicholas@derby.ac.uk.

Deadline: 26 January 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018

The Theatre503 Playwriting Award will be open for submissions on February 1st.

The Theatre503 Playwriting award is made possible by the long term support of The Richard Carne Trust. Nick Hern Books are returning as Publishing Partners and Award Ceremony Sponsors for the third time.

How to apply: Submission details have not yet been posted, but have been announced to follow.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Source: Theatre503 Writers Newsletter

Brainchild seeking submissions for Hatch #6

Brainchild presents Hatch #6, a platform for artists of all disciplines to showcase and test their brand new ideas in front of an audience of friends and friendly faces. The next event will take place on 8 March 2018 at Platform, around the corner from Southwark tube station.

In the spirit of Brainchild collaboration, Hatch is an informal evening that will showcase 6 pieces of work at an early stage of their development and provide the chance for audience and artists alike to meet, chat and give feedback.

It’s also a chance to join the Brainchild creative community, to meet other emerging artists and potential collaborators, to help get new ideas and projects off the ground and connect with like-minded people.

What to submit: They are looking for submissions of no more than 10-15 minutes from all areas of art. Be it theatre, film, cabaret, spoken word, sketch comedy or music – or something that defies genre altogether – anyone willing to take risks and try something new.

They are looking for:

  • Ideas that would particularly benefit from being tested out in front of an audience.
  • Ideas that require limited technical involvement – please be aware that the space has a limited technical capacity, though they will try their best to meet requirements and where possible souce basic set pieces.
  • They are open to comedy but are looking for something more diverse than stand-up routines.
  • They are particularly interested in multimedia and interdisciplinary work.
  • They like work that is political, challenging or engages with important issues.

How to apply: If you’re interested in performing at Hatch #6 please fill in the submission form. Please try to be as clear as possible in your description and bear in mind that it is difficult for them to get a sense of you and your idea without supplementary/reference material.

If you have trouble uploading files to the submission form please attach any supplementary/reference material to an email, subject heading ‘Hatch #6 Submission’ and send it to theatre@brainchildfestival.com.

They ask that you’re available during the day for tech and dress and to attend the evening performance.

Deadline: Monday 12 February 2018 at 10am

Source: @Playwriting_UK

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