Theatre Royal Plymouth accepting applications for The Lab Company (18-30)

The Lab Company aims to support the development of early career artists. They are looking for individuals who will be supported to form a theatre company and create a new performance piece in the Lab studio at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project will provide:
• The chance to meet other artists, share ideas and start new collaborations
• Intensive training with the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Staff Director
• Access to Theatre Royal Plymouth facilities
• Workshops with some of the best theatre companies in the country (Told by an Idiot, Frantic Assembly etc)
• Professional advice, signposting and mentoring by industry professionals
• A supported opportunity to create and show a new piece of theatre in a professional environment
• Employment opportunities at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
• Expenses for Lab Company workshop/rehearsal days

Who is it for?
Early Career Artists aged 18-30. This is ideal for recent graduates, those taking a gap year or those in part time employment.

Meet 2016’s Lab Company here and hear about some of their experiences on our Blog Pages.

Applications are welcomed from performers in the main, but there will also be a limited number of opportunities for those skills in dramaturgy, writing, directing, producing, theatre design and music. We are looking to form an ensemble company so all should be prepared to try everything.

When does it take place?
Sept 17-July 18, mostly Thursday mornings and all day Fridays during term time. There will also be 2 intensive weeks in the year.

How do I get involved?

Application forms are available on our website or contact

Deadline: 30 June 2017 at 9am  (Auditions: 17th – 19th July)

Source: Liverpool Everyman Newsletter

Play Labs at Graeae Theatre Company

Graeae’s Play Labs offer a safe space and creative support for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to explore raw ideas and fresh stories for live performance. 

Play Labs are open to D/deaf and disabled writers, performers and theatre makers of all levels and experience, who have an idea or the seeds of a story that would benefit specifically from being unpicked and explored with a creative team in a rehearsal room setting.

The opportunity offers successful applicants:

  • One day’s R&D in Graeae’s accessible studio space
  • Support from Graeae in assembling a creative team
  • A budget of up to £700 to cover all artists’ fees, expenses, access costs and materials
  • Mentorship and creative advice leading up to and immediately following the Play Lab date, plus the support of a Graeae director  and/or dramaturg who will facilitate the Play Lab day


How to apply: find out more and apply on the Graeae Theatre Company website 

Deadline: 2 July 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines

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

Source: Play Submissions Helper

Scotland On Demand seeking writers for digital broadcast

Scotland On Demand is a fantastic new talent development opportunity for creative producers and  emerging minority ethnic writers to create a 10-minute scripted pilot for digital broadcast, supported by GMAC Productions, Creative Scotland and showcased at a Sky Drama Table Read.

Over five months Scotland on Demand will support three diverse, Scottish based writer and creative producer teams in the development of a 10-minute shooting script, to be showcased at a rehearsed table read to an audience of industry, broadcasters and commissioners. Teams will also be supported in the development of least two further episodes or a development slate.

For full details, FAQs and to apply visit the GMAC website

Deadline:  28 June at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Film London accepting applications for London Calling short film scheme

Film London‘s annual short film scheme, London Calling is now open for applications.

Selected filmmakers will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring, with the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win juried industry prizes. Previous London Calling alumni have gone on to screen their short films at world-renowned festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Tribeca, as well as earning BAFTA nomination, a Berlin Crystal Bear and BIFA award. 

At least 20 short films will be commissioned through the short film scheme in 2017, either via the main Film London scheme, London Calling Plus or schemes for specific London boroughs. London Calling has 16 awards of up to £4,000 for emerging London filmmakers,

Supporting BAME talent

Four films will be commissioned through Film London’s London Calling Plus strand, offering awards of up to £15,000 for BAME filmmakers with a track record in film, TV, radio or theatre. In addition at least three of this year’s London Calling awards are specifically designated for projects from new writers and directors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The scheme culminates in the London Calling Showcase and Awards at BFI Southbank

How to apply: for applications and to find out full details including FAQs, details of live roadshows with help with your application, details of the main scheme and those for specific boroughs and the London Calling Plus scheme visit the Film London website

Deadline:  25th July at 12 noon

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Ouch: ‘Tales of the Misunderstood’ Live storytelling event at Edinburgh Fringe

Ouch runs the disability part of the BBC website and a podcast on the BBC with a focus on disabled people and diverse stories.

BBC Ouch wants your funny, confusing or embarrassing stories about those awkward situations which occurred because you’re disabled or have mental health difficulties. It’s all about those awkward situations disabled people can find themselves in or those times when they told someone they were paralysed after being shot at by a drug lord, rather than admit they were born with spina bifida.

Re-live those unique moments at ‘Tales of the Misunderstood’ – a live storytelling event at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Whatever the tale, they are interested. All they ask is that the story is true, you are disabled or have a mental health difficulty, and that your story incorporates this.

If chosen, you’ll get to work with a top comedy script producer and perform it in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August as well as see it filmed for the BBC website.

How to apply: find out full details, how to apply and watch some of the stories from their first live storytelling event

Submissions deadline: 9th July 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB is recruiting!

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB is recruiting!  

Description: London Playwright’s Blog is in the process of expanding our team, to provide even more great content for our readers and community. We’re interested in hearing from self-starters with a passion for writing and interest in leading within an online community. We’re currently recruiting for two roles: an Editor and an Intern and if you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you!

What’s so great about it? Well, hopefully, if you’re reading this post, you already think our our website, and our organisation, is great! By joining our team, not only would you be helping us to expand the work we already do for playwrights, but you’d also have the chance to gain valuable hands on writing experience and be credited on our blog (you’ll also be involved in some of the super exciting projects we’ve got coming up at LPB!)

If you want to know more about what it’s like to work at LPB (and confirm that we are nice people to work with!) then check out this lovely article from our last intern, Hector Dyer, who supported us last year through the Dark Horse Festival at London Writers Week.

Both roles are very different so do read the details and if either of them match your skill-set and interests, get in touch! The deadline is for applications is coming up on this Friday 23 June  and you can double check what you need to send us here). We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the full details here.

Image: The company of the 2016 Dark Horse Festival, Eulanda Shead Photography.

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers)

Typhoon 2017 from Yellow Earth Theatre will showcase a brand new selection of bold new writing by UK and international East Asian playwrights this autumn.

All playwrights of East Asian descent* are invited to submit a full-length script for consideration. Each selected script will be given a staged reading at either TyphoonWEST @ Soho Theatre or TyphoonEAST @ Rich Mix in November.

How to apply: please submit your full-length script, a playwriting or theatrical bio/CV with contact information, and the production history of your play (if applicable), as one PDF. Send this to

All plays must be in English (original or translated) and unproduced in the UK. (If translated, please indicate whether submission is by writer or translator, and who holds the rights to the translation). 

All selected writers will receive an honorarium. Only one script per writer please. 

Any questions? Please contact

*East Asia includes the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.

Deadline: 28 July 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Whitworth Young Contemporaries seeking artists/writers interested in South Asian Arts (paid)

The Whitworth is looking for two emerging artists from any arts discipline to help them shape Whitworth Young Contemporaries. You will use South Asian art to inspire groups of young people to engage with the gallery and have the opportunity to develop skills as a creative practitioner working specifically with a 15-25 audience.

What you will do:
• Using your skills as an artist, cultural producer and workshop leader you will work collaboratively with young people, gallery learning and curatorial staff to develop ideas.
• Drawing inspiration from our South Asian exhibitions and collections, including textiles exhibition Beyond Borders and contemporary work from Raqs Media Collective you will plan and deliver workshops to engage South Asian youth groups.
• Support the development of our artistic programming.

Who you are:
• You are an emerging artist from any arts discipline (e.g dancer, musician, visual artists, poet, theatre performer, writer, rapper, sculptor etc) aged 25 or under.
• Have a connection, understanding or interest in South Asian art, culture and communities.
• You have an interest and ability to engage young people aged 15-25 from all backgrounds.
• You are interested in working collaboratively, in partnership with artists and young people across art forms.
• You are able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Location: North West

How to apply: find out more here

Deadline: 7 July 2017 

Source: Arts Jobs

Poole Museum seeking writer in residence (paid)

Writer in Residence: During the 1 month residency at Poole Museum the Writer in Residence is required to respond to Sea Music, the 25 year old sculpture that was commissioned from Sir Anthony Caro by the ‘Poole Arts Council’.

They would like the writer to engage the community in writing projects linked to Sea Music, sculpture and the heritage of Poole Quay.

How to apply: Further information can found here.

Deadline: 3 July 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

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