Eurodram seeking English translations of contemporary European plays

Eurodram is currently seeking English translations of contemporary European plays

Eurodram is a European theatre translation network covering European, Mediterranean and Central Asian languages. The network is organised into roughly 30 language-based committees. Eurodram’s main objective is promote contemporary plays from across the wider European area to theatre professionals and theatre audiences. The plays they promote are selected through two biennial competitions.

For the 2018 competition, the English language committee will select three English translations of contemporary plays originally written in a language other than English. In addition to this, all plays submitted will be considered for inclusion in a British Academy funded mini-festival of Contemporary European Drama in London in Spring 2019.

What to submit: translations of contemporary European stage plays originally written in languages from the wider European area (Europe, Central Asia and the Mediterranean Area) may be submitted for consideration. Plays can be submitted by playwrights, translators, agents, publishers etc.

How to apply: For further details and to submit a script visit the website.

Deadline: 31 July 2018 at 5pm

Source: direct contact

Worcestershire Arts seeking writers/ theatre companies

Jump Start is the new theatre writing initiative run through the Worcestershire Arts Partnership. They are  teaming up with The Beeline Festival, run  by The University of Worcester, one of the leading children and young people’s literature festivals in the country. It hosts an exciting range of performances, workshops and activities aimed at young audiences.

They are thrilled to be taking part and Jump Start’s performance night will be Saturday 20th October.

What they are looking for:

  • Up to 5 plays/ performance work aimed at the  13-18 year olds audience.
  • Previously unperformed to a paying audience. They want to profile new work.
  • 15-20 minutes maximum length. It could be an extract of a longer piece of writing or a short piece.
  • Aimed at an audience of 13-18 year olds (although cast & crew should be over 18).
  • Flexible and easy to stage – you will have very little  get-in or get-out time.
  • Ideally you or your company should be in Worcestershire or the surrounding counties.

What you get: if selected your work should be rehearsed and off-script (although we may be able to help with rehearsal space, this is not provided automatically – writers take responsibility for their own rehearsals). You will also receive payment of £400 too for you to share amongst cast and crew.

 What to send/ how to apply: send either a copy of the 15-20 minute  script or a two page description of what you are planning to do (this must include an excerpt of your writing). Send to Lee Farley to  lee@perfectcircletheatre.com. Enquiries to either Lee or Steve Wilson on stevewilson19661@outlook.com

Deadline: 13 July 2018

Source; Arts Council Jobs

BBC Radio Manchester and The Royal Exchange open call for monologues

Do you want to be a writer? Would you like to have your work performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre? BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre are launching a talent search for writers to mark 100 years since the first women got the vote. They’re seeking a “Manchester Monologue” that looks ahead to the future for women – and Helen Pankhurst (the great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) will be among those judging the entries.

What to submit: you are asked to submit a single voiced piece that is written for performance (e.g. a monologue which can be a script, spoken word or poetry). The theme is ‘Women and the Future’ and your writing should show a local connection to Greater Manchester. Your piece should be up to, but no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud.

What you get: the five winning monologues will be performed at a showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre The work performed alongside award-winning poet Jo Bell. Prior to this the winning writers will have the opportunity to develop their piece with advice and mentorship from the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Judging criteria:

  • The quality and accomplishment of the writing.
  • The strength of the idea based on the theme ‘Women and the Future’
  • The strength of the character’s “voice”.
  • Local relevance to  Greater Manchester

Who can apply: you don’t need any previous writing experience.  All entries must be original and not previously published or performed (this includes online). You need to be over 18 years old.

How to enter: email your entry to manchesterwrites@bbc.co.uk

For Full terms and Conditions please visit BBC Radio Manchester.

Deadline: 15 July 2018

Source; BBC Writersroom

The Felix Dexter Bursary (BBC Comedy Commissioning) accepting applications

BBC Comedy and the BBC Writersroom have announced their continued commitment to developing talented BAME comedy writers with the Felix Dexter Bursary.  A six-month bursary will be awarded to an aspiring comedy writer to develop his or her skills at the BBC.

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.

Writers’ Guidelines

The opportunity, offered by BBC Comedy in partnership with the BBC Writersroom, is designed to find a writer with a fresh, unique point of view and the potential to help shape the future of comedy, whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry.  It aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of BAME professionals in comedy production in broadcasting.

On a practical level, the bursary gives up-and-coming talent the chance to make comedy writing their main focus for six months, while immersed in comedy production. They will hone their skills while gaining experience on a range of BBC comedies across radio, TV and online, on panel shows, shorts, sitcoms or comedy entertainment shows.  The programme will offer the writer the support they need to take the next step in their career.

Who can apply: the bursary is open to black, Asian and other ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are 18 or over.

How to submit: applications can be made via the BBC Writersroom Read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry and apply here

Deadline: 30 July 2018 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Pegasus accepting applications for SPARK programme

Pegasus is excited to open application for the SPARK supported artist programme – inviting artists and companies to work with Pegasus from July 2018 – July 2019 to develop a new production for young audiences.

Pegasus is a pioneering force creating the present, challenging and shaping the future and making an enduring impact on the vitality of the performing arts locally, regionally and nationally.

“We believe passionately that young people are the changemakers of the future. We nurture young artists and leaders providing unique opportunities for them to be influential in the arts and wider community.”

The SPARK supported artist programme provides artists and companies of all levels with the space and skills development needed to turn their bold new ideas into a reality.

“We’re looking to support new work for families and young audiences (aged 0-25) across the spectrum of performing arts that represents the vibrant and diverse community of East Oxford. We particularly welcome applications from artists whose experiences are less visible in ‘mainstream’ arts programming including BAME, LGBTQ+ and / or disabled artists.

The year long programme will provide bespoke support for four artists/companies based on their individual needs to cultivate, catalyse and develop innovative new productions.”

What you get:

•Free rehearsal space
•Production days with our professional technical team
•Showcase events such as SPARK Night (performance scratch event, Spring 2019)
•Dramaturgical support with our Artistic Joint CEO
•Fundraising & marketing advice
•Opportunities to collaborate with Pegasus Young Companies & youth groups
•Network with artists & companies specialising in different areas of performance

How to apply: if you’d like to apply for the SPARK supported artist programme summer 2018 – 2019 please request an application form: Nadia Rich, programming@pegasustheatre.org.uk

Deadline: 2 July 2018

Source: Arts Jobs e-newsletter

Playwrights Studio Scotland: Letters to… a Woman Who Brings Me Hope in the Dark

For their first edition of Letters to… Stellar Quines are celebrating our support of the Scottish Drama Training Network’s upcoming Fringe production Propeller, by The Network Ensemble, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Propeller  is a devised piece looking at political activism and the things ordinary people can do to bring about social change. Inspired in part by Rebecca Solnit’s book  Hope In the Dark it got us thinking about the many women who have done inspirational work to resist oppression.

There are women with an international profile like Rosa Parks  or Malala Yousafzai.

There are also women working to change policy and laws at national or local level like the team at Glasgow Womens’ Library.

And there are the women you might know personally who maybe have zero profile, but whose actions have brought about small but very real changes for you or people you know.

This is your opportunity to tell Stellar Quines about an activist who gives you the energy and determination to keep on going, whatever your struggle is and however they encourage you.

What do I have to do?

  • Write a letter to a woman whose activism brings you hope. She could be someone from history, someone you know personally, or someone you’ve made up.
  • Write a letter designed to be read aloud, by a single performer.

Read more about what they are looking for and how to apply here. 

Deadline: 28 June 2018

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

The Floor is Yours: Industry event at Young Vic

The Floor is Yours is a series of town hall meetings with Kwame Kwei-Armah.

 

Join Kwame for an open discussion as part of a new series of industry events at the Young Vic. This session is specifically aimed at those working in theatre who self-identify as working class. We want to hear your ideas for the future of theatre making and what you need from us to make it happen.

We ask you to share your experiences and contribute thinking for how we move forward together.

Details: THE FLOOR IS YOURS
Thursday 28 June 2018
Young Vic Clare Theatre
6.00pm – 8.30pm

To register, please fill in your details here by midday on Monday 18 June.

Let them know if you have any access requirements, or if you need to bring your children with you.

“If you’re unable to attend, you can tweet us your questions @youngvictheatre in advance and we’ll share on our social channels throughout the day.”

Deadline: 18 June 2018
Source: @Playwriting_UK

Twenty-four-hour harassment and mental health helpline launches for theatre professionals

A free helpline set up to provide health and well-being support is now available for theatre industry professionals.

The 24-hour service has been set up by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, providing a phone and email service from June 14.

Called the Theatre Helpline, it is intended to offer confidential support and advice on issues such as bullying and harassment, mental health, careers and finance.

It will run as a pilot for one year and is available free of charge to anyone working in the theatre industry. It is being described as a safe space to share worries and concerns, and callers will be directed to the sources they need to seek professional help if necessary.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Stage

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