BBC Comedy Commissioning: The Felix Dexter Bursary (BAME writers only)

BBC Comedy Commissioning is the largest comedy department in the UK, responsible for some of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes in the world. BBC Comedy prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent, new and established, on and off screen; across radio, online and all four BBC television channels.

“We want to give participants from black, Asian minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds an insight into production and development and encourage comedy writing talent to gain the skills, knowledge and experience and to encourage them to participate in future opportunities whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry; via a detailed training programme which will be based at the BBC in London across 6 months.”

Writers’ Guidelines

This Bursary aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of black, Asian minority ethnic professionals in comedy production and development in the broadcast industry. This training scheme will provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in the programme making world with access to top tier production facilities where participants can learn and hone their writing craft across radio comedy, television comedy, panel shows and comedy entertainment shows

Application Questions:

Q1 – Write your own obituary from the perspective of someone you don’t get along with (500 words max)

Q2 – Write a sketch incorporating a first date at a funeral (1000 words max).

Q3 – Please critique two examples of comedy programming from the last 6 months. Please describe one you enjoyed and one you felt could have been improved – please justify your answers; what would you have done differently?   Please answer in no more than 500 words.

Answers to the above must be saved as one single PDF file, no larger than 10MB, with each question and answer clearly defined. (Do not include your name on this document as all submissions will be read blind, in the first instance.) 

Entry Requirements:

  • A good knowledge of British comedy and comedy television in general
  • Experience of writing to a brief set by others – to be outlined in your Writing CV
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to express all issues and ideas clearly and concisely
  • Experience of working to a deadline – to be outlined in your Writing CV
  • Duos can submit, but no writing teams
  • Entrants must submit a Writing CV document as well as a short bio, to be entered on your Writersroom E-subs profile
  • Entrants must be over the age of 16 at the time of submitting

How to apply: Read the full Terms & Conditions of entry and Submit here

Deadline: 12 June at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom


Bread & Roses Emerging Companies Award 2017

The Bread & Roses Theatre offers one Emerging Theatre Company a one-week-run as part of their Summer Season 2017.

This includes two technical rehearsal days and five performance nights free of charge, for which the company will also receive 90% of the box office takings.

Technical rehearsal days will be Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August 2017, 12pm-7pm. Performance nights will be Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th August 2017.

The runner-up slot awarded will be performances on Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August with the technical rehearsal from 12pm on the first day.

How to apply: you’ll need to apply through Hiive. Visit their website where you can find all the details of the award and how to apply.

Deadline: 8 June 2017

Source: Hiive

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction To Producing (£60 fee)

This one day workshop, co-led by Tamasha’s Producer Alex Towers, Soho Theatre’s Producer David Luff* and Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, will introduce some of the key principles of producing small scale theatre for fringe and studio venues.

Areas covered will include: fundraising (including Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts), budgeting for shows of different scales, approaching venues and negotiating deals, managing the creative team, contracts, royalties and box office agreements.

“Participants are asked to come with one small scale theatre project they are interested in producing. The day will involve group discussions, small group breakout work with one of the three tutors, time to discuss your particular idea and a general Q&A where you can ask our professional team anything about starting to produce your own work. While we can’t promise to launch any careers, we do aim to leave participants with enough working knowledge to start to take steps towards making their show idea a reality.”

This is an entry-level workshop and anyone can apply, but the day will particularly suit emerging producers at the starts of their careers or, theatre artists seeking to self-produce their own work or the work of others. Please phone the office if you are unsure if this is for you or would like to talk it through.
This is open to producers and artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Dates: Saturday 17th June 2017, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Workshop fee: £60 (inc VAT) for the full day.

How to apply: No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants should demonstrate an interest in producing for theatre. Applications should include:
1) Your current CV including a short covering letter stating your experience to date and your reasons for applying
2) A short paragraph (max. 250 words) about the show idea you would like to work on within the session
3) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

Please email Ingrid on with your application with subject line ‘Introduction to Producing Masterclass’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Please note, payment must be received in advance, upon notification that you have been allocated a place. Places will only be confirmed on receipt of payment. Please also note that due to cost associated with hosting this masterclass, if you cancel your place after 5th June 2017 we will be unable to refund the fee. Any cancellations before 5th June will be subject to a £15 admin fee.

Deadline: 5 June 2017

Source: Tamasha newsletter

Play Submissions Helper: 29 opportunities with June deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in June 2017.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: various throughout June

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

RL Productions call for short plays on the theme of ‘male gay hookups’

RL productions are looking for plays which respond to the following brief:

  • Plays must be about gay male hookups, but can explore any aspect before, during, or after.
  • Plays may not be longer than ten minutes, but can indeed be shorter.
  • Plays should have no more than four characters.
  • Eight to ten plays will be selected to form a cohesive evening. This is the important part:
  • Once the plays are selected, they will be merged to form a single show. The plays will not be changed, but interstitial connective tissue will be written to connect the plays. We solicit permission to change character names in the interest of this unification. If other changes are necessary to maintain continuity, we will ask permission to make those changes.
  • We will ask that playwrights allow titles to be amended to, e.g. “Bob and Joe Find Out They’re Cousins,” in the interest of making each a “chapter.”
  • Playwrights will be fully credited for their “chapters.”
  • Plays will be chosen based on how they may best fit together to tell a story.
  • No restrictions on content, but keep in mind that anything TOO far afield of realism will have trouble fitting into a continuous evening.
  • *The evening of plays will run minimum of 20 performances at a Fort Lauderdale theater in late summer/early fall; exact dates to be determined.
  • Selected playwrights will receive royalties of $10 per show (so minimum $200 for the run).

How to apply: send plays to Please include all contact information, as well as this statement: “I fully understand and agree that my play will be part of a single story incorporating eight to ten short plays. I give my permission for character names and the title to be changed in order for my play to be part of this singular vision, and permit–upon written request–reasonable changes to accommodate continuity.”

Confused? Please send any questions to

Deadline: 23 June 2017 or whenever they’ve received enough plays to fulfill theirr project, so send early

Source: direct contact

Old Red Lion offering LPB readers discount to see DYL

The Old Red Lion is offering London Playwrights’ Blog readers the chance to get £14 tickets to see Mark Weinman’s new play DYL.
DYL is a new play that the Old Red Lion has developed in house and stands as great example of how they want to engage with new work.
To get your discounted tickets, simply use the code OILRIG when booking your tickets.
Deadline: the production runs until 3 June 2017
Source: direct contact

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost)

For performers, theatre makers, playwrights and composers – at any level of experience – with an interest in building a tool kit for devising theatre and finding their voice in a collaborative process

Presented by The Scenic Route with: Tangled Feet (Award-winning, inspirational ensemble theatre… More), Jason Carr(Jason is an award-winning composer and orchestrator who has composed incidental music for over 40 plays at the RNT, RSC, West End and Broadway…More)  And more (news of an exciting playwright on board coming shortly…)

In their words: “As part of our platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.

Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music.

The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from the combined expertise of respected practitioners, whilst practically applying their shared experience in a working ensemble.

Participants will take away a wealth of resources to build upon in future work, along with increased skill, confidence and understanding working in this form, plus connections with other artists.

The lab is open to both experienced and new artists alike, at any life stage, whether coming from a performance perspective, composition / musical direction, or playwriting.(There is no requirement for all participants to perform).”

Dates: Monday 21st to Saturday 26th August (inclusive) 10am – 6pm

Location: LOST Theatre, SW8 2JU

Performances: 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August Drayton Arms Theatre, SW5 0LJ

Costs :(To make the opportunity as accessible as they can, costs have been subsidised by The Scenic Route)

Early bird offer(for applications made by June 2nd deadline)  £195

Later applications (space depending)  £210

How to apply: Click here for more information, or contact

Deadline: None posted but workshops begin on 21 August 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Writers Avenue Theatre seeking plays for ‘The Gossip’ (18-30 year olds)

From Writers Avenue Theatre Company – contemporary plays by contemporary writers. Open to writers 18-30 years old who would like the opportunity to develop work and showcase it in front of an audience including top industry professionals. 

 ​We’re not one to gossip but…we heard there would be short plays based on true stories about the “The Entertainment Industry” being performed… But you didn’t hear that from us!”

The Gossip showcases emerging talent with stories based on real personal embarrassing, awkward, frustrating, shocking, funny, hard and crazy moments in the lives of actors, casting directors, directors, crew, producers and writers from the theatre, TV and film industry. Keep it good-natured and polite, no real names of people or companies are used or implied and plays are loosely based on true stories submitted by the writers and the public via twitter.

How to apply: Send a script partly based on a true story that has happened to you or that you have witnessed using fictional names to with THE GOSSIP followed by the title of your script in the subject line.

Full details on the Writers Avenue website: The Gossip

For other opportunities for writers at Writers Avenue (open to all ages) visit their website

Deadline: 1 June 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom


Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for carnival podcast

Theatrefullstop will celebrate turning 4 on the 14th July, and with this, this August they’ll be introducing the ‘Theatrefullstop presents… Carnival’ podcast.

As we all know, the streets of Notting Hill take on the rhythms of the Caribbean as Europe’s largest party; Notting Hill Carnival unapologetically livens up the capital. In celebration of this year’s carnival taking place on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August, Theatrefullstop will create an hour-long podcast featuring works focusing on Caribbean and African culture.

They are currently on the look out for spoken word pieces, songs, short plays, monologues, musical compositions and anything else that you can think of that can be recorded.

Please send your idea with supporting evidence and a short explanation as to why you’d like to take part in the first Theatrefullstop Carnival Podcast to Lucy Basaba

Deadline is Friday 27th June 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

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