BITS new writing night accepting submissions

BITS is a new writing night showcasing the best emerging and established writers, directors, actors and theatre-makers both in the UK and internationally. Held every other month at The White Bear in Kennington and other venues across London, (most recently Streatham Space Project) BITS provides a platform for new work to be seen, developed and supported.

With an audience made up of the general public and invited industry professionals BITS is a supportive, friendly, fun and varied night featuring six 10-20 minute pieces of new work mixing all genres and performance styles.

The next BITS night will take place in on 10/11 February 2019 and they  are looking for six pieces of new writing for the shows.

What they are looking for: pieces should be 10-20 minutes in length, have a cast of no more than four people and be suitable for staging in an intimate theatre space. Pieces can be previously produced in a development stage, but not as a fully produced production. They can either be standalone scenes or excerpts from full plays. Genre, style and themes are completely open. They love the bold, daring, weird, wacky, provocative, moving, funny, creepy, political, hard hitting and everything in between!

How to apply: please send your email submissions marked ‘BITS – Writer submission’ to the Cuckoo Bang team (Chris, Holly & Nel) at cuckoobits@gmail.com

Each piece will be assigned a director and cast. Writers are very welcome to offer suggestions.

Writers will be given a complimentary ticket to attend a performance of their piece.

Deadline: 10 December 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

The Inn Crowd Project seeking writer/ performer (paid)

South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and Applause Rural Touring (ART) are pleased to announce a new partnership to commission a spoken word inspired show that explores and records residents relationship, thoughts and feelings of the South Downs National Park and will tour across the region in 2019 as part of the Inn Crowd project.

Inn Crowd supports rural pubs to host spoken word-inspired live performances, working with some of the UK’s top artists and performers to provide pubs in rural areas with professional, high-quality, fantastic live entertainment and reinforces the pub as a central, vibrant part of community life.

How to apply: further information about Inn Crowd and how to apply can be found here.

Deadline: 26 November 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal seeking 10 minute plays for festival ($15 entry fee)

The thirteenth King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays,will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 14, 15 and 16, 2019.   

Entries for the Festival must be sent to the address below, with a non-refundable $15 entry fee per script, and be postmarked no later than January 14, 2019.

Who can enter: The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights,worldwide, even if you have never written a play before.  It is suggested that submissions be approximately 10 minutes in length (total reading time), can be of any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), have a limited number of characters (1-6), and should not have been previously produced in any form.  

How to apply: please send entries to Kings Shorts, c/o King’s Theatre, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada.

The first page of the play should contain the play’s title, a pseudonym, and all pages must be numbered.  The playwright’s actual name and contact information should be in a sealed envelope, with the script name and pseudonym on the front.  This will ensure anonymity during the judging process.

Playwrights should avoid wording that might offend.  Hand written plays are not acceptable. Because of the nature of the Festival, the sets must be kept simple and be capable of being changed quickly.  Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, using a different pseudonym per script. The reading committee will choose eight plays, by eight different playwrights, to be staged by the Annapolis District Drama Group utilizing local directors and actors.  Of those eight, one will be chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia as the best written script and receive a prize of $300. A second place best written script, also chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia, will receive a prize of $150. All attending audiences will be asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award, announced at the Sunday matinee on June 16.

Scripts will not be returned and applicants will be informed by March 4, 2019 if their play is to be included in the Festival.  

For further information contact Verilea Ellis at 902-245-2309 or email verilea@yahoo.ca

Deadline: 14 January 2019

Source: direct contact

Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton High Schools – Write the Girl: discussion & commissioning opportunity

Write the Girl is a day of discussion about theatre-making for and with young women run by Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton High Schools and will include the  launch of a new commissioning process.

Attendees will then be eligible to apply for a fully funded commission for  Lady Eleanor Holles School and Hampton High School in 2019: full details will be shared on the day.

Details about the day:

Playwrights, practitioners and theatre makers are warmly invited to attend a day of discussion, workshops and professional development in the Jane Ross Theatre, LEH School, on 5th December 2018.  The Write the Girl Project is motivated by the frustration felt by teachers and students in their search for meaningful stories, suitable for large casts, that stretch, challenge and engage a generation of young women dissatisfied by a male-dominated canon.  Sessions will be run by fantastic directors including Eleanor Rhode (Boudica, The Globe), with award-winning television Producer Clelia Mountford (Merman Productions) and representatives from Nick Hern Books also attending.  Most importantly, there will also be opportunities to work with a range of teenagers and their teachers.

Date: 5 December, 10.30am – 4.30pm (approx timings)

How to apply: if you would like to attend the day, please email a brief CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the event to writethegirl@lehs.org.uk.  Please attach this as one document of no more than two sides of A4  in total.

All questions should be directed to this email address: please do not contact either school directly.  Unfortunately, places are limited and priority will be given to those with the clearest sense of an affinity for the ethos of the project.  You will be contacted by Tuesday 20th November with confirmation of your place along with the final details for the day.

Deadline: 16 November 2018 at 3pm 

Source: direct contact

The Director’s Club seeking shorts on theme of ‘Santa’s Secret…’

The Director’s Club from Director’s Cut Theatre are looking for writers to respond to their latest brief ‘Santa’s Secret…’ which will be performed on Monday 17th December at Southwark Playhouse.

What secrets are you hiding up your chimney this Christmas?

The Brief

  • 5-7 minute monologues, duologues or short plays for up to 4 characters
  • Short plays based on the secrets being kept/hidden at Christmas
  • Comical stories, dark tales, dramatic moments, true stories, fictional ones, they are open and interested!

This brief is completely open to interpretation by the writer, it can be based on true life stories or fictional. They are seeking out scripts that have a strong sense of character and story, and that move and evoke emotion within the audience, be it through laughter or tears, they are looking for variety and a range of comedy and drama in their productions.

How to apply: please send all scripts to scripts@directorscuttheatre.co.uk Visit their website for full details and to join their writers’ database

Deadline: 22 November 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell

A 4 day residential Workshop in Writing for Television takes place on 20 – 24 May 2019 with Roy Mitchell.

What do you want to write and why do you want to write it?

Roy Mitchell is an accomplished television drama writer whose career spans 4 decades and includes scripting popular series such as Casualty, The Bill, Boon, Blue Murder, Back Up and Thief Takers. Roy co-created the series New Tricks with Amanda Redford and Denis Waterman, which ran for over a decade, and he recently completed a US TV series set in Maine for Fox TV.

Each participant will have ample time to write dramatized exchanges, scenes and short treatments for TV. Roy is an engaging and entertaining member of the Industry and will lead the writers through fields such as:

  • Character, Plot, Structure and Dialogue
  • The verbal versus the visual
  • Watching people not plot
  • The 90 seconds before someone stops watching
  • The Beginning, the Middle and the End
  • What things cost in TV drama and why the writer should know
  • Why actors don’t do as they’re told, why directors don’t do what they say they will, and how to get them to do what you want
  • The course will also look at the reality of writing for present day TV and attempting to break into the business.
  • TV Drama – Single Dramas, TV Series, Serials and Soap.
  • Writers’ Agents and TV Drama Commissioners. What are they looking for?
  • Most important of all – what do people watch? And what do people want to watch

Location: The Workshop will be held at the Priory (not that one) close to Poitiers, France (Ryan air), a small chateau where each writer will have their own luxury room with desk and all meals provided.

How to book: Please contact Jayne Morley at jftmorley@hotmail.com for further information, costs and bookings. The workshop is limited to 8 writers.

Deadline: none posted 

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Yard Theatre submissions window open

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: The Yard Theatre submissions window open

Description: Twice a year The Yard opens up submissions for scripts, asking you to send in a 10 page sample of your writing and a single page telling us more about you and your piece. All of these will be read by their core team, as well as a small group of trusted readers. From there they will request full scripts from writers, whose ideas excite them and whose work they think could be a good fit for The Yard’s programme.

What’s so great about it? As The Yard only opens its’ submission window twice a year, we thought it was only right to flag it up! As a London theatre with a focus on providing a platform for writers, it’s really worth considering submitting to if you have a script you’re hoping to get noticed. Whilst there are no promises of production, this is a great way to make a connection with an established company – and who knows where it will lead? You’ve got until 3 December to send in your 10 page sample (but don’t forget to polish up the rest of the script in case they request it later!).

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of The Yard Theatre

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events

Interested in presenting a theatre or other arts event on Bristol’s famous Harbourside?

The Cabot Cruising Club is offering a unique arts venue at The Lightship Theatre, Bristol (New Guinea Street, Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SG)  – a historic ship with a well-stocked cash bar, in Central Bristol.

They would like to start  holding regular arts events – a programme of plays, comedy nights, film showings, exhibitions, children’s theatre and a whole lot more…

They have a flexible approach to programming – welcoming a wide variety of community and professional material.

How to apply: for more details email Briony Pope at events@cabotcruisingclub.co.uk

Deadline: none posted 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Founding Fall Theatre seeking stand alone scenes

Founding Fall Theatre is seeking stand alone scenes for performance at their next ‘Free Fall’ event, which will take place in December at Drapers Hall (Elephant & Castle).

This scratch/ improv hybrid is an intrepid form of theatre performance. With an intense 3 day rehearsal process, live musicians improvising around the text and redirection being thrown to the actors in front of the audience’s eyes, they aim to ignite those raw, free fall moments in theatre which have you on the edge of your seat.

What they are looking for: 

  • Stand alone scenes
  • No longer than 8 pages
  • A piece you are comfortable with being played with a stretched in front of an audience
  • Be daring, be you and the rest will come
  • No prior experience necessary

How to submit: send a short paragraph about yourself and why you’d like to work with Founding Fall along with your submission to fftheatre.submissions@gmail.com

Deadline: 28 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The North Wall Oxford seeking young writers for ArtsLab residency

Are you aged 18-25? Passionate about pursuing a career in theatre?

The North Wall in Oxford is looking for aspiring young writers and directors for their annual FREE Easter ArtsLab residency from Monday 1 April – Fri 1 April 2019.

(board and lodging included): working intensively with professional actors, directors and playwrights to stage script-based work. Selection is by application and interview.

See full details and download an application form from their website

Deadline: 30 November 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

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