Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Alphabetti Theatre is offering three opportunities with rolling deadlines.

Alphabetti create, produce and programme original work across the performing arts. They have been running venues and developing writers since 2012. They are moving to a new long-term home in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2017 – a space to experiment, evolve and discover excellence.

Opportunity 1 – Alphabetti WriteBack

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Do you have an idea for a new short play that can be produced with no more than two actors, and minimal set? Then you could be part of Alphabetti Theatre’s regular script-in-hand performance night – WriteBack.

WriteBack is an opportunity for theatre writers and directors to collaborate on a new piece of theatre.

What to submit: Up to 15 pages of script for consideration. Please also include a line or two in your email about why you would like your piece to be performed at WriteBack. 

Submissions are open all year round for four WriteBack shows,  featuring five plays each.

This is how it works:

  • Submissions are read and picked by the reading team
  • Over a chat, read through and cup of tea the writers and directors form wonderful new partnerships
  • Alphabetti give these partnerships access to rehearsal space and dramaturgical support
  • The show is performed (usually to a full house)
  • All proceeds are split for a profit-share between performers, directors and writers

How to apply: Send an original short script for consideration, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

Opportunity 2 – Alphabetti Soup commissions 

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Can you create an original short play, with a compelling and entertaining story, for no more than two actors, and minimal set?

Alphabetti commission up to twelve 10-20 minute plays for their regular mixed arts variety night – Alphabetti Soup. This runs almost every month, so they consider writers and scripts all year round. 

You will receive dramaturgical support, a full professional production and a showcase of your work. 

What to submit/how to apply: Send an original short script, or an example of your work with a proposal for a new 15min play, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

Opportunity 3 – Alphabetti Write Longer

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Do you have a one act play with a strong story, small cast and that can work in a studio production? Are you writing one now? Is it just begging to be seen by an audience?

Write Longer is a development opportunity for emerging and established writers. Alphabetti Theatre take three or four writers a year, help them develop their scripts, provide a company of directors, rehearsal space and dramaturgical support.

They then show the play for one night, followed by a Q&A feedback session to help with future development.

What to submit/How to apply: send your completed one act play (maximum 75minutes), or your work in progress and an outline of the finished play, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

To find out more about Alphabetti visit, or

Deadlines: rolling

Source: BBC Writers Room

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub

Threadbare Theatre is launching its playwriting competition and is looking for a play set in a pub.

Threadbare says: “We love working on new writing and on plays that fit our space perfectly.

“We are now launching a playwriting competition to find a brand new play that we will stage in the upstairs bar of The Crown Inn, Oxted.

“We are accepting scripts for production in our Autumn 2017/2018 season on the theme “The local”.

“The play will be performed in the upstairs bar of the pub and so must not have a large, complicated set (other than the bar itself which can be used within the performance).”

Eligibility:  The competition is open to anyone.

What to submit:

  • Scripts from 30 mins–2 hours. Threadbare says if they find 2 good shorter plays they will combine them into one evening’s entertainment
  • A brief synopsis
  • A short insight into your inspiration. Where did your idea come from?
  • At least one scene (we will accept full or partially complete scripts)
  • Character/Casting breakdown – Maximum 3 actors

How to apply: please email scripts to

Deadline: 16 June 2017

Source: @Playwriting_UK    

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize)

The Leytonstone Itch are looking for writers (ideally from East London) to get involved in its upcoming summer event – the East Not East Festival,  on 15 July in Wanstead Park

LI says: “We will be managing our own tent and we’re looking forward to scratching our biggest ever Itch.

“The Itch would be nothing without the incredible work writers have generously submitted to be experimented with, discussed and enjoyed.

“Our ‘Blindly Cast Readings’ are the highlight of our evenings and we would like to take them further at our summer festival.

“We are looking to commission one writer to create a 5-10 minute piece specifically for the event. The stimulus is: Don’t Give Up Your Day Job! Is Art Really Necessary?”

What to submit: LI says: “Just send us a short outline (up to 200 words) of the sort of play you might write and why. We will then select one of these applications and give you til the end of June to write the full piece. We will handpick our best readers, and give them a day’s rehearsal before performing and filming the play at East Not East. Our chosen writer will also receive a £50 donation as a thank-you for the piece.”

How to apply:  Via:

Deadline: None specified but the performance takes place on 15 July 2017

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook

Itch and scratch seeks submissions for audio plays project

Itch and Scratch are now open for submissions for its Audio Plays project. They want 15 minute plays with no more than 3 actors on any themes (one submission per writer, UK writers only).

Itch and Scratch says: “Over the next few months, we’re looking to produce 3 short audio plays, and are now open for submissions. We’re hoping that, with this new project, we can expand our reach out of London, so that interested parties nationwide – hey, maybe even worldwide – can enjoy the best new writing. It also gives these plays a chance to live for a little longer. Indefinitely, in fact. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience great new writing, regardless of location.”

How to apply: Send scripts to

Deadline 8 May 2017

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot

Comedians Theatre Company are calling for new 20 minute Duologues for a new show, 6x6x6, on the themes ‘Together and Asunder’.This is for an Edinburgh slot, 4.20pm in Ten Dome.

They say: “We’ll consider different styles….in the past we’ve found that dark comedy drama works well (neither sitcom nor stand up please).”

What to submit/How to apply: Send scripts to (and feel free to email with queries)

Deadline: 26 May 2017

Source UK Playwriting Facebook

Play submissions helper: 39 May deadlines

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

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Chipping Norton Literary Festival playwriting workshop with Clare Bayley

A workshop for playwrights – whether you are starting out or experienced but wanting fresh stimulus and provocations, this workshop led by award-winning playwright Clare Bayley is run by the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Date: 29 April 2017

Cost: £18

How to apply:  online

Deadline: none specified, but the workshop takes place on 29 April 2017

Source: direct contact

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available)


A ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. With focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing and opportunities for discussion shared group critiques.

Andrew is a critically acclaimed writer for stage and screen with works including THE SESSION (Mothertongue/Soho Theatre) and GOLD DUST (Deafinitely Theatre/Soho Theatre) and the short film A FAMILY MAN. He was the Literary Associate for Deafinitely Theatre for whom he adapted LOVE’S LABOURS LOST at Shakespeare’s Globe. His short radio play THE PERFECT NON STARTER was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb in 2014.

How to apply: places available by application form, which can be found here

Course details:

  • 10 week course
  • Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • £400/£350 (burs available)
  • Location: Clore Learning Centre

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 25th April, 5pm

Source: direct contact

Dreamfusion seeking experienced screenwriter for feature (paid)

Experienced screenwriter wanted for feature film script development

Dreamfusion production company is seeking a screenwriter with writing credits on at least one released feature and/or writer credits for a televised drama, to develop an existing treatment into a screenplay for a feature-length film.

They  are planning a feature film drama to be shot in the Midlands featuring themes of disability, sport, family challenges and overcoming adversity. Based on real-life events, it is of the utmost importance that the screenwriter can honour the amazing people behind their moving and inspiring story, while also injecting humour and bringing every one of the characters to life.Due to the nature of the story, it will be necessary for the chosen screenwriter to carry out in-depth research on the subject matter during development of the screenplay. A considerable amount of research and interview material has already been gathered to support this process.

“The proposed length of project engagement will be April 2017 to August 2018 and we will require a first draft of the screenplay within six months of the commission being awarded. The estimated shoot date will be August 2018. This is a paid commission in accordance with Writers’ Guild fee guidelines.

At this time, we would like to receive expressions of interest from screenwriters who have written at least one feature-length screenplay for a produced and screened feature film or equivalent length TV drama. Film work should have had theatrical or other release or have been shown at a major film festival.”

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

How to  apply: please submit a one-page cover letter, samples of your film script work, together with your CV resumé and industry references via external links to Dropbox or other file sharing platforms, together with links to your work on IMDB or other online sites.

Deadline: 21 April 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk.The  University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing.

You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. You will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

How to apply: This free online course starts on 8 May 2017. Register now on the FutureLearn website.

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

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