Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only)

Submissions are now being accepting for Ink Festival 2019. They are accepting entries from East Anglia writers (from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex).

There are various categories for entrants, including: musical theatre, short plays, a short play on the theme of ‘it’s the same moon’, radio plays and plays from young writers.

How to apply: read the full guidelines for each category and apply here.

Deadline: 5 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sparkhaus Theatre seeking shorts for Ignite#3 scratch night

Sparkhaus Theatre are looking for writers and theatre makers who have brand new ideas to try out as part of their first scratch night, IGNITE. The group are interested in; presenting a space for new ideas to grow, encouraging writers to take risks in a safe space and bringing together writers, directors and actors to form new collaborations. They hope to hear from writers and theatre makers who are interested in work that responds to the here and now.

What they offer:

• A 4 hour rehearsal space

• They can match writers up with directors and actors

• They can offer dramaturgical support to scripts

Submission rules: 

• No more than 3 actors – they  have limited space

• No tech

• 10 minutes MAX

How to apply: if you have an idea for a theatre piece or a script that needs airtime then send them your proposal (no more than 500 words), or your 10-minute script to Please put IGNITE as the subject.

Deadline: 8 June at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Chelsea Theatre accepting submissions for new writing evening (£50 commission fee)

Submissions at The Chelsea Theatre are now open for their next new writing evening. After their SOLD OUT shows in October they are BACK and looking for short pieces, this time inspired by the themes of: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT/SEXUALITY/CONSENT.
“In light of the events and throughout our industry we want to combat the feelings of mutual dredge and frustration with compassion and positivity. Scripts, skits, comedy, poetry and word vomit all from 1-9 mins long with up to 5 characters.”
All pieces chosen receive £50 commission fee.
Submission guidelines: 
• The piece needs to be completely original and having never been performed at another venue.
• It needs to be stand alone and not an extract from a longer play.
• Avoid things that require specific set or anything prop heavy.
• You only have a short window so make in punchy and get your point across.
How to apply: email everything to
*Actors and Directors wanting to get involved also get in touch!
Deadline: 17 June at midday
Source: direct contact

BBC Ouch: ‘Going Out’ Live storytelling event at Edinburgh Fringe accepting submissions

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

Your disability tales are wanted for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! They are looking for unusual, complicated and humorous stories just waiting to be told … and they are here to help you tell them.

They are holding their third BBC Ouch storytelling event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The theme this year is Going Out – interpret that at your will.

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.

How to apply: Find out full details, how to apply and watch some of the stories from previous live storytelling events

Deadline: 18 June 2018 at 9am

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications

As part of their 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.

Details:  The Lab runs from Monday 27th August – Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10am – 6pm and takes place at Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU

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

Early bird offer (book by June 15th!) £250

From June 16th £275      (25% discount for previous participants)

How to apply: 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). Applications should be made directly through their website. 

Deadline: none posted

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Blazing Hyena seeking submissions for Send, Scene, Deliver

 A new monthly playwright development day in Edinburgh. Send, Scene Deliver provides writers with space, a director and actors to develop a scene and answer any questions they may have over the course of a day. Followed by a sharing at:

The Mad Hatter
8 Torphichen Pl, Edinburgh EH3 8DU

There will be a short post-show discussion of each piece.
It is a safe place for writers, actors and directors to exercise those creative muscles, network and support each other.

Featuring a Script Swap Shop of published plays increasing accessibility for emerging playwrights to develop through reading scripts. This is a free service where people will swap their old play scripts for something they have not read before. 

They are currently accepting submissions for June and July 2018.

What they are looking for:

  • A ten minute scene from an existing play or a play you are looking to develop.
  • A short character breakdown.
  • A brief writers bio.

Submissions guidelines: 

  • The extract must be no longer than 10 minutes. 
  • It can be any genre however, they are unable to accept musicals.
  • It should be formatted in 12pt font, double spaced and sent as a PDF.

How to apply: send extracts to

If you are interested in working as a guest director for Send. Scene. Deliver please contact

Sharing Dates 
Thursday 14th June
Thursday 19th July

Deadline 1 June 2018 at 5pm

Source: Playwriting_UK

Sheffield Theatres: Utopia Theatre – Writer’s Masterclass (free)

Utopia Theatre and award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje are thrilled to offer a free Writers Masterclass day aimed at aspiring playwrights on Thursday 24 May from 11.00am – 6pm.

This masterclass aims to build your confidence, begin to hone your skills as a playwright and send you away full of ideas about what to write next and how to do it; working through a variety of exercises both individually and as a group.

How to book: places are free but limited, book here.

Date: 24 May 2018 at 11am

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

People’s Play Award open to writers from the North of England (£1000 prize)

They People’s Theatre is pleased to announce the latest People’s Play competition.  This award is aimed at playwrights from the North of England who are yet to have a full-length play performed professionally.

Past winners include Peter Straughan (Wolf Hall, TV mini-series; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, BAFTA winning screenplay) and Alison Carr (Iris, Live Theatre; Fat Alice, Traverse Theatre).

What you get: The winning writer will be awarded £1,000, and their play will receive a five night production by the People’s Theatre in May 2019 in our new Studio Theatre. This will be one of the first productions in this exciting new space.

The winning play will have a rehearsed reading in October to allow the writer to develop the script as necessary before rehearsals begin in March 2019.

What they are looking for: The judges for the competition are looking for a new full-length play (no shorter than 90 minutes) on any subject, for a cast of any age or gender, and unlimited in number. That said, writers are asked to bear in mind that the performance area is roughly 5m x 7m.

How to apply: Please send one hard copy of the script to: The People’s Play, People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF.

Deadline:  31 August 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16

WoLab are thrilled to be partnering with Theatre N16 to deliver a FREE 12-week intensive course led by industry professionals, aimed specifically at actor-writers.

Over the 12 weeks, you will develop your existing playwriting and acting skills through a series of tailored workshops, which will also include mentoring sessions in producing and marketing, as well as regular visits from established playwrights/theatre makers within the industry. All participants will be working towards a industry showcase to an invited audience of agents, casting directors, programmers, and producers. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will write their own monologue to perform for the showcase, as well as co-write a duologue with another member of the group. They will receive personalised support and feedback during the process.

Further information:

  • An introductory welcome session will be held on 20th June (Time TBC).
  • Course Dates: Every Wednesday 11am -3pm, from 27th June – 12th September.
  • Showcase Dates: 16th and 17th September (two performances each day).
  • All sessions will be held at Theatre N16, 5 Ashley Road, London, N17 9LJ.

How to apply: please complete the application form on their website. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an audition on Wednesday 13th June. You will be notified if you have been shortlisted by Friday 8th June.

Please DO NOT apply if you are an already published playwright, or have within the last 5 years undergone drama school training, that resulted in an industry showcase.  Any questions, send an email to ~ more info on WoLab can be found: / Twitter: @WoLaboratory

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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