Rose Theatre Kingston – Playwriting Course

This  popular playwriting course is run by the brilliant playwright and dramaturg Stephen Brown, whose plays include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), Faster (Filter Theatre at BAC and 59E59 New York), Does My Society Look Big in This? (Bristol Old Vic) and Future Me (Theatre503 and Public Theatre New York). Stephen has been a core teacher at the Rose for eight years and many of his students have gone on to work as professional playwrights.

About the course: over twelve weeks you will be taken through every step of writing a play, from character development and structure, to its professional application. In a small group you will analyse classic and modern works, as well as taking part in creative writing exercises and receiving individual feedback on your work. At the end of term, they invite experienced theatre directors and a group of actors to workshop scenes from your plays, giving you a unique opportunity to see how new writing is approached by professionals in the rehearsal room.

Whether you write as part of your job, or just fancy putting pen to paper for the first time, whether you end up with a fully polished play, or a score of ideas, this is a really enjoyable and focused springboard for your creativity.

Event Details: 

Date: Tue 23 April – Tue 16 July 2019

Times: 7 – 9.30pm

Price: £250

How To Book: to book a place on the Rose Playwriting Course, please call the Rose Theatre Kingston box office on 020 8174 0090.

For more information, please call 020 8939 4050 or email

Please note: these courses require regular attendance. Please do not book a place if you know that you cannot attend all sessions. 

Deadline: none posted

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Blue Leaf Theatre seeking shorts for ‘A New Leaf’ new writing night

Submissions are open for Blueleaf Theatre’s new writing night ‘A New Leaf’.  After sell out show Hedgehogs & Porcupines, Blueleaf Theatre are back at the Old Red Lion Theatre and are on the hunt for six 10-15 minute pieces of new writing to stage on 2nd and 3rd  June 2019.

There is no theme, so go wild – Blueleaf want to see the world anew.

Blueleaf will endeavour to provide feedback on all submissions.

“Blueleaf Theatre are a new writing theatre company that aim to stage new pieces of theatre in imaginative ways, posing questions about the world we live in whilst entertaining a live audience with our fresh stories. We aim to place the playwright at the centre of our work, striving to collaborate with, and grow alongside, writers at the beginning of their careers. As a company, we look to support up and coming creatives and give them a platform to bring exciting new work to life.”

For more information on this opportunity visit the website.

How to submit: please submit your script to:

Deadline: 2 May 2019 at midnight

Source: direct contact

A Greedy Ear seeking playwrights for Audio Theatre event

A Greedy Ear is looking for playwrights to provide an expression of interest and a brief modus operandi or outline of an approach toward writing for the medium of New Audio Theatre, for an inaugural event in London in the Spring of 2021.
What to send: please provide 250 words which outline your approach to writing an Audio Theatre play with no more than six human characters and including a specific role for the location of the play and a specific role for the audience who will experience it.
How it works; from this Open Call they will select 10 playwrights with whom to enter into a conversation regarding their ideas and the medium itself.  Further to this they will ask each of the 10 to write an extended treatment for their piece. From the 10 they will then choose 5 playwrights to each write a 20 minute script which they will then produce for the inaugural event. The 5 chosen will be paid for their script according to The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain guidelines.
See website for further details.
Deadline: 31 May 2019 
Source: direct contact

Playwriting MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is delighted to be launching a new MA degree course in Drama Writing. The course is designed to help students develop a “writer’s toolkit”, building confidence in a range of key writing elements and providing an overview of dramatic writing as art, craft and business.

They are proud to announce that renowned playwrights Stephanie Dale and David Edgar will be joining the School as visiting staff to teach on the course in September.

The deadline for guaranteed consideration is 23 April, but late applications may be considered. More information is available from or by emailing

Deadline: 23 April 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Wexford Literary Festival: Billy Roche International Short Play Competition (€10 entry fee)

Playwrights are invited to submit plays of up to 15 minutes in length and four finalists will have their pieces read by Enniscorthy Drama Group at this year’s festival.

How to apply: the website to pay €10 submission fee and then submit your entry to


Deadline: 4 May 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Comedy Crowd accepting submissions for Punkanary

Comedy writers and performers, can you make a sketch about the worst stay imaginable in someone else’s house? Or about not so super heroes?

The team behind The Comedy Crowd have introduced a new platform called Punkanary for creators to launch their comedy shows. To celebrate the launch of comedy shows SpareBnB and Super Unit on Punkanary in 2019, they have set 2 challenges:

  • 1. NightmareBnB – looking for a sketch or short about your worst stay imaginable in someone else’s house.
  • 2. Not So Super Heroes – looking for a sketch or short about your hilarious take on all things spandex and secret identities.

Submissions must be a visual production, whether that’s a filmed performance or animation.

The top 3 entries will be screened at global events in 2019 and showcased on the new Punkanary On-Demand channel.

The winning entries will be selected based on demonstrating buzz on the platform, through Team Punkanary, SpareBnB and Super Unit creator picks, and using an Artificial Intelligence tool to measure audience engagement.

How to apply: 

NightmareBnB: For full details and to submit your show visit their website

Not So Super Heroes: For full details and to submit your show visit their website

Deadline:19 April 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Pentabus Rural Theatre Company Writer in Residence – applications now open

Pentabus Rural Theatre Company is looking for an emerging writer to become their 2019 Writer In Residence – The Clive & Sylvia Richards Writer In Residence Bursary

The £10,000 bursary will support a professional playwright in the early stage of their career, providing the opportunity for the recipient to spend up to a year at Pentabus’ base in South Shropshire. During their time with Pentabus, the recipient will be given the opportunity to write at least one new full length play or piece of theatre, whilst learning more about how a professional theatre company works.

Pentabus was a recipient of the Channel Four Writer in Residence Bursary for three years in a row. In 2018, they were awarded a grant from the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity to continue to support a Writer In Residence Bursary for two years.

The first recipient of this Bursary was Sophie Ellerby, who will finish her year as Writer in Residence in September 2019.

The Bursary

A writer will be given a bursary of £10,000 to support them for 12 months. You will need to commit to living in Ludlow for at least 6 months of this time. Any additional work you do for Pentabus outside of the Bursary requirements will be recompensed at ITC rates. You will be required to submit two reports to Pentabus for the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity, who are the generous supporters of the Writer In Residence Bursary. The bursary is designed to cover living costs in order to allow the Writer In Residence to focus on their work.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

How to apply: fill in an application form, and send it to with the title CSRC WRITER IN RESIDENCE BURSARY in the email.

You MUST include with your application:

  • Your completed application form.
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
  • A copy of a full length play that you’ve written. Ideally they would like to read plays that have had a professional reading or production. NB This play will not be read unless you are longlisted. Please provide details of the production or reading with the play.
  • A current writer’s CV or Biog.

Longlisted candidates will be informed by the middle of May.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by Friday 7 June.

They will meet with eight potential candidates on Wed 12 and Thu 13 June with a view to making a decision by 14 June 2019. They envisage the successful candidate attending their Young Writers’ show between 9-11 July, and taking up the position as the Clive and Sylvia Richards Writer In Residence in September 2019.

For full details, eligibility requirements, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form visit the Pentabus Rural Theatre Company website

Deadline: 1 May 2019 at 10am

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Studios: Writers’ Academy open for applications

Do you want to write for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and River City – and the opportunity to work for some of the UK’s best Television Drama Production Companies?

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy will give a minimum of eight writers a year’s paid training, with guaranteed commissions on the BBC’s flagship shows as well as the chance to develop an original project with a BBC Studios production company.  They want writers who are passionate about television drama, bursting with ideas and a love of popular drama.

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy is led by John Yorke, and over the year you will receive training and lectures from a range of leading industry practitioners.  You’ll learn all about television production, gain direct writing experience on at least three of the BBC’s Continuing Dramas alongside mentoring from the companies behind Les Misérables, McMafia, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Curfew, The End of The F***ing World,  and many more.

Previous graduates of the Writers’ Academy have written for or created over one thousand hours of TV, including The Man In The High Castle, Killing Eve, Pure, Father Brown, Doctor Who, Grantchester, Killed By My Debt as well as all the major continuing dramas.

Who can apply: The course begins in September 2019.  To be eligible you’ll need to have at least one professional drama commission in film, television, radio or theatre.  Writers with a literary agent but no professional credit are also eligible to apply. You’ll also need to send in a story idea and an original drama script in any medium, apart from novels, poems or short stories.

How to apply: To apply use this link to the BBC Writersroom e-submissions system

Deadline: 7 May 2019 at 12 noon

Source: BBC Writersroom


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