Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication

Aurora Metro Books, an independent publisher of diverse playwrights, is looking to publish the first ever collection of British East Asian plays.

They are looking for unpublished plays from writers of East Asian decent. The plays can be of any genre, but must center around a British East Asian story.

For more information please contact

How to apply: To apply, send your script to 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Source: Direct Contact


Art School – A new series on how to improve and protect arts education

Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany is amongst speakers offering advice and speaking about how to improve and protect arts education at the first event by new company Art School.

The director of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre will speak alongside former Head of Film at Creative England Caroline Cooper Charles, Chair of What Next? Generation Daniel Harrison, and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks.

The event, which is on the theme of Drama Education, is the first in a new series of events designed to bring leaders in the education sector and arts industry together to share work going on in arts education, advice, and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education. Future events will include events on Dance, Music, Art, New Writing, Schools and Universities.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in teaching or studying the arts at school, further education, university or arts industry level to hear thoughts, advice and recommendations from those leading the way in the education sector and arts industry and to ask questions and for advice. John Tiffany will also expand on his thoughts about arts education from this year’s Olivier Awards.

Event dates: The Art School event will run from 5pm – 9pm on 26 October 2017 in London and attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the event.

How to book: Click here to book a free ticket.

Source: Direct Contact

Camden People’s Theatre seeks submissions for Live 7 scratch night

Camden People’s Theatre, in association with Barrel Organ, presents Live 7, a scratch night for under-represented artists making experimental and non-traditional work that specifically acknowledges the presence of the audience and plays with the ‘liveness’ of theatre.

As a company, Barrel Organ try to make work that is self-consciously theatrical; plays with the unique ‘liveness’ that theatre offers as an art form; and continually seeks to explore and deconstruct the relationship between performer and spectator.

The night is a space for artists currently under-represented in theatre, who are working in/with non-traditional forms to be able to test new material in front of an audience. The aim is to offer a platform and chance for constructive and beneficial criticism. They are looking for bold, experimental and uncompromising work that tackles a wide range of issues, agendas and ideas.

LIVE 7 will take place on Monday 27 November, 7.30pm at Camden People’s Theatre.

How to apply: To apply, please download the LIVE 7 Call for Submissions Info and the LIVE 7 – Application Form and return them to 

Deadline: 23 October 2017 at 5pm

Source: ArtsJobs

Finborough Theatre seeking short plays as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

As part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, Finborough Theatre are looking for an unperformed short play or a twenty-page excerpt from an unperformed full-length script.

The scripts submitted will be part of Introduce Yourself, an initiative that aims to offer writers feedback on their scripts. The winning play will receive feedback from the literary department at the Finborough. There is also the chance to introduce yourself personally to Neil McPherson, the artistic director of the Finborough Theatre or Sue Healy, the literary manager every Wednesday evening while Vibrant is on.

In their words: “The play can be on any subject and in any style. We want to read what you are passionate about – don’t impose themes or subjects or time limits on your writing. There is no age limit but writers must be resident in the UK and have never previously submitted work to the Finborough Theatre. This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your work. Last year we had over 200 submissions, one of which went on to be performed as a full-length play. “

How to apply: Applications must be made via email to Include the words ‘Introduce Yourself’ in the subject line and attach the script in PDF form. You also need to include a play synopsis and a bit about you – be that a CV, bio or a little letter about your musical preferences!

Deadline: 26 October 2017

Source: Direct Contact

Hidden River Arts Review Short Play Award ($1000 Prize)

Hidden River Arts are offering a $1,000 prize and publication in The Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters for an unpublished and unproduced short play.

They are looking for submissions to be of any genre, and no more than 15 minutes in length. The competition is open internationally, and there is a $17 reading fee. They also accept multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions.

How to apply: All submissions should be made here. Make sure to send your full script along with a brief bio, synopsis and character breakdown. Any scripts submitted without the synopsis and breakdown will be disqualified.

Deadline: 15 November 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club seeking new writing for a three day festival at The Bunker

Monday Club presents: Bunker Bites, is a three day festival of new writing and performance being put on at The Bunker.

They are looking for writers and performers to get involved and send them new work. It is an opportunity open to any creatives across the performing arts.

The event runs from 6 – 8 December at 7.30pm. Pieces must be no more than 20 minutes in length (they can be shorter), and can consist of an extract from a longer piece, or a full length short play/work.

How to apply: To apply you must download a submission form, which can be found here, and is send it to, along with a copy of the script you wish to have performed. Please note, if your full piece is longer than 20 minutes, please mark on the script the portion of the text that you wish to show.

Deadline: 31 October 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts for the 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.

There are three prizes to be won:

Two first prizes – for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service.

In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize – for the most promising script, this prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

Who can enter? Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

How to apply: 

In order to enter you need to send:

• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters – thee are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

• A (no more than) 400 word synopsis which outlines your play

• A completed entry form (here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Or you can complete and submit your entry online (here) by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.

Read full details here.

Deadline: 31 January 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

Attic Theatre Company seeking short plays for Christmas Playwrights Bizarre (£50 prize)

Wimbledon based Attic Theatre Company are seeking submissions for a Christmas scratch night as part of Bobblehat’s live advent calendar in Wimbledon this Christmas. (The location is TBC but it will be an unexpected pop up space.)

In their words: “Plays should be no longer than 15 minutes (there is no minimum length) and should require no more than two actors (1m/1w). They should contain the idea of Christmas in someway. They should have minimal set and costume requirements though this doesn’t necessarily mean naturalism. 

Entries are open to all writers, emerging and experienced, who would like the opportunity to have their work performed by two actors at this pop up theatre event and directed by Jonathan Humphreys our Artistic Director.”

All winning applicants will receive a £50 prize.

How to apply: To apply, simply send your play to

Deadline: 24 November 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

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: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

Description: To celebrate the publication of their first collection with Oberon Books and Pokfulam Rd’s 5th birthday, Pokfulam Rd Productions is looking for short plays based on Chinese/East Asian stories.

They are looking for short pieces (maximum 15 minutes in length) that in some way portray, discuss, or feature East Asian themes, stories, communities, histories, individuals…

As part of “Foreign Goods 3”, the plays will be part of a showcase, and will also be part of the launch of “Foreign Goods: A Collection of Writing from British East Asian Artists” curated by Pokfulam Rd Productions artistic director Jingan Young which will be published by Oberon Books in January 2018.

Writers can be of any background. (Unfortunately this will be unpaid as they are an unfunded company and their profits from the previous showcase will go towards booking the venue.)

What’s so great about it? Not only is this an opportunity to get your work produced, but it’s also a chance to get your work published by one of England’s most prestigious publishers!

If chosen, your work will be put on as part of a showcase with a panel discussion at the end, meaning you will be able to receive feedback from the audience as well as taking part in an active discussion of your play.

This is an incredible opportunity for new writers, producers, directors and performers to meet the network of creatives at Pokfulam, and to connect with others interested in furthering representation of East Asian artists on stage.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 10 November 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Pokfulam Rd Productions

Paperclip Theatre seeking actresses for all female scratch night at the Betsy Trotwood

Newly formed all-female theatre company Paperclip is putting on its inaugural performance at the Betsy Trotwood on the 11th of November. The night will be made up of 7 different pieces all addressing the theme of ‘generations’.

They are looking to audition for the following pieces:



Harrison: Senior Detective in a suburban police force. Woman in her 50’s. Tough demeanor.

Collins: P.C. in Police force. Woman in her 40’s-50’s. Emulates the toughness of her detective.

Claritta: Member of sex cult. Spokeswoman for other women. Late 20’s.

Woman #2: Member of sex cult. 20’s.

Woman #3: Member of sex cult. 20’s.



Emma: Female. 16.

Zara: Female.16.

Emma’s mother: Female. 40’s-50’s.

The Girl Power Generation


(A two-hander between nine-year old girl characters.)

Seeking two strong actresses to inhabit childlike physical bearing and emotions naturalistically.



Grandmother: 70’s.

Mother: Late 40’s.

Daughter: Teenager.

(The pieces stated above have been written without racial backgrounds in mind.  BAME actresses are encouraged to apply!) 

Waiting Game 

(An experimental comedy looking at how female body parts have been used as fashion trends over the years.)


Pubic Hair: To be played by a Caucasian women in their late 50’s.

Thigh Gap: To be played by a Caucasian women in their mid-20’s. (This role requires someone with a smaller frame as this is an essential part of the story.)

Big Boobs: To be played by a Caucasian women in their mid-20’s.

No Boobs: To be played by a Caucasian women in their mid-20’s.

Curvy: To be played by a Caucasian women in their late 40’s. (This role requires you to have a curvy figure as this is an essential part of the story.)

Cornrows: To be played by a Black women of any age. (This role requires you to have cornrows as this is an essential part of the story.)

Office Worker (male): To be played by a Caucasian woman in their 20’s.

Green Labour

(A short play about the real lives of the ladies who built Waterloo Bridge during WWII.)


Norma: 20’s-30’s, British-Caribbean.

Carol: 20’s-30’s, white-British.



Ruth Merman: 70. A ballsy NY Jew.

Ethel Greenfeld: 73. Jewish, a refined former Hollywood wife.

Auditions will be held on 14 October 2017 from 11-3pm. 

This is an unpaid position as all proceeds from the night will be donated to a women’s charity.

How to apply: Please send your resume and a headshot to Please also state  which play you are interested in auditioning for within the email.

Deadline: 13 October 2017 at 12pm

Source: Direct Contact

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