Graeae seeking Literary Administrator

This is a perfect job for someone with an interest in seeing the work of D/deaf and disabled writers better represented on stage. You will be supporting Graeae’s lauded, highly-connected training programme, Write to Play, and will be the first point of contact for writers wishing to submit scripts for consideration.

The job is 3 days per week for a 12 month fixed term contract.

How to apply: find out more and apply here

Deadline: 4 February 2019 at 10am

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING? PLAYS? LYRICS? MUSIC? NEW MUSICAL THEATRE? If so, this could be a really big opportunity for you!


Emil Dale (founder & producer of The Factory Playhouse www.factoryplayhouse.com & director of www.emildale.co.uk) is looking for a musical theatre composer | lyricist | script writer who is looking to collaborate on a NEW MUSICAL CONCEPT.
Emil Dale is looking to commission the development of a new musical.

How to apply: Please email admissions@emildale.co.uk with your details, any work you have been involved in with NEW MUSICAL in the subject box.

Deadline: none posted

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Paper Creatures workshop with Simon Stephens

If you’ve got ideas for a play but don’t know where to go next with it, check out this workshop and Q&A with Simon Stephens for emerging writers this February.

“A practical interrogation of the mechanics of dramatic action using writing exercises and excerpts from my work” – Simon Stephens.

The workshop will focus on where and how to start when writing a play and will be followed by a Q&A.

Date: 25 February 2019

Location: St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AD

Cost: £27.24

How to book: here

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Lyric Theatre Belfast accepting submissions for New Playwrights’ Programme

The Lyric Theatre Belfast is now taking submissions for its third annual New Playwrights’ Programme.

Aimed at new and emerging playwrights, this six month programme from May to November 2019 provides intensive, hands-on dramaturgical support for four writers. A showcase of the work developed through the programme will be presented in their Naughton Studio in November 2019.

Who can apply: applications are welcomed from new and emerging playwrights, who must be over the age of 18 and have had fewer than two professional productions of their work (this excludes professional rehearsed readings). They are looking for work that is fresh, original and inherently theatrical from writers with a unique voice. Scripts can be about any subject matter or written in any style.

You do not need to be resident in Northern Ireland to apply, but you must be willing and able to commit to attending meetings, workshops and readings at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for the duration of the programme (travel to and from the Lyric is unfortunately not covered as part of the programme).

They welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds, and would particularly encourage submissions from voices which are currently under-represented in Irish theatre.

How to apply:For further information and to find out how to apply visit the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s website 

Deadline: 11 February 2019 at 12pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Artfulscribe seeking facilitator for creative writing workshops (Poole)

Artfulscribe are currently recruiting a Lead Facilitator to run weekly creative writing workshops at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, for young people aged 11 – 18.

The Lead Facilitator will be capable of planning sessions that inspire, motivate, and develop young writers through engagement with Lighthouse’s seasonal programme and through interaction with other cultural events and venues in the region.

You will need to be available on Saturday mornings during school term times.

How to apply: see full application details here:

Deadline: 3 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Sharp Scratches seeking shorts which tackle theme of mental health

Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing, for their next show this will be at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, London SE5.

Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their 24th February night they are looking for short scripts, extracts and spoken word that tackle mental health. They want scripts that reflect the entire spectrum of mental health. Submissions from BAME and LGBTQ+ writers are strongly encouraged.

Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you.

What they want:

  • Pieces of theatre or extracts or spoken word no longer than 15 minutes in duration. If you are submitting an entire longer script you need to specify the extract you want to submit for performance as they do not have the readers to read entire full-length scripts.
  • Maximum 3 characters unless actors playing multiple roles is possible. If so please specify in your email.

How to apply: Scripts should be emailed to sharpscratches@gmail.com with the title of your play in the subject. You must also include a short synopsis, including cast list and a little bit about yourself as a writer. Submissions without this information in the body of the email will be disregarded.

A group of readers will shortlist the 6 chosen pieces and they will be then be cast and directed for performance. Writers are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Deadline: 2 February 2019 at 3pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Stitchin’ Fiction accepting submissions for next event

Stitchin’ Fiction is a FREE non-profit platform for creatives to come together in a workshopping environment. Writers with words stuck in their laptops and notebooks are given a pool of performers, who want to work and stretch their collaborative muscles and skills.

“Made by creatives for creatives, our aim is to provide new avenues and opportunities into the arts from all walks of life. Our events offer the space and support for artists to showcase their skills. Through our relaxed and informal settings, there’s only one thing left to worry about – letting our artists do what they do best!”

The night runs as follows:

● Writers/Directors and Performers Arrive

● Industry Q&A

● Assigned Speed Casting – Get your packs and groups

● Rehearsal Workshopping Time

● Audience Arrive: Public Scratch Performance 7:30pm

● Audience/Participant Q&A

What are they looking for? Like-minded creatives who seek a platform for collaborative theatre-making opportunities. That’s it! Whether you’re fresh out of your thesis or seasoned with scripts, SF’s doors are open for all the apply.

How to apply: find out more on the website.

Deadline: 30 January 2019

Source: direct contact

KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries


KDC’s writing competition, Full Stack, is open once more. Over the past few years they have given the opportunities for writers old and new to get a chance to have their work put on stage at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

The aim of this project is to get everyone writing, whether you are normally an actor and have never written before, or a seasoned writer who would love to try a new form or style; this is designed to get your creative juices flowing.

What they are looking for: 4 page script based on the theme: Carried Away. This theme is to be seen as an inspiration for your work and can be interpreted as you see fit.

If selected your work would be performed as part of a new writing showcase in July performed by KDC actors.

Submission guidelines:

  • It must be 4 A4 pages maximum, anything longer is disqualified.
  • Font no smaller than size 10.
  • There should be no more than 3 actors required for the piece.
  • Please limit submissions to one per person.
  • Submissions need to be in PDF or Microsoft Word formats.

How to enter: lease email your 4 page script to: vicky@kdctheatre.com. 

They will contact you in April to let you know whether you are successful.

Deadline: 10 March 2019 at 6pm

Source: direct contact

Angry Bear Scratches for…seeking short plays

Angry Bear Scratches for… 


Angry Bear Scratches for…  is is a night of new writing on the 11 of March, in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. 

They are calling out for for short plays (10 mins max).

The event will take place at a super-secret-studio-space-of-a-swanky-Off-West End-theatre to be announced when submissions have closed. 

It is free to enter and your play will be considered your donation to the charity. Angry Bear will have the right to perform your play once, on the specified night and will retain no rights over it thereafter.

How to apply: more details and how to apply can be found on their website

Deadline: submissions will open on 28 January and will close when 150 plays are received. 

Source: direct contact

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