YEP Young Everyman Playhouse Writers Two-Year Programme (Liverpool, age 18-25)

Young Everyman Playhouse is open for applications to join their two year writers programme. In this programme you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of playwriting such as character, structure and narrative
  • Work with professional playwrights and theatre practitioners
  • Read and discuss plays as a group
  • Write monologues, short plays and try out ideas
  • Develop a new, full length play with one-to-one support from the Literary Department
  • Collaborate with other YEP strands to develop ideas.

Eligibility: 18-25 years old. Please note that sessions take place in Liverpool.

How to apply: Complete the online application form. All applications should be sent to: yep@everymanplayhouse.com.

What to submit: A monologue or short scene between three and ten pages long. It can be about anything you like, but should be written for performance.

Deadline: 2 September 2016

Source: PlaywritingUK Facebook page

 

Page To Stage seeking 10-minute scripts for rehearsed readings (£10 fee if selected)

Page to Stage are inviting writers to submit a NEW 10-minute scripts (or excerpt of a longer script) to be rehearsed by actors and directors, then shared and given feedback by an industry panel.

The next Page to Stage is on Wednesday 21 September at The Horse & Stables, London SE1 7RW.

What to submit: Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area. The actors who apply to Page to Stage always comprise more female than  male, with a broad range.

What you pay: A fee of £10 is collected from each writer on the night, to help with running the event.

How to apply:

  1. Email Miranda Harrison to request the short submission form and further details. Email address: Page2Stage@gmx.com
  2. Send the completed form plus your script to the same email address.

Deadline: 4 September 2016

Source: Direct Contact

 

Intensive Workshop: Writing Compelling Dialogue

How do you write great dialogue? How can you communicate information about our characters without writing ‘on the nose’? What should be left unsaid…

Kimberley Andrews leads this intensive two-hour workshop designed to sharpen your dialogue skills! This fun, interactive session consists of practical exercises  which will allow you to tune your ears to natural speech patterns and explore how dialogue functions within and serves your story. You’ll learn to be a rigorous editor and to make sure every line in your play is doing its’ job.

Who is this for? This workshop is suitable for both completely new and emerging writers with a bit more experience.

Requirements: No experience is necessary but you will need to bring in a short preparatory exercise which will be specified once you have booked your place.

Book here: 

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*Places are limited and are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

Date and time: Thursday 20 October 7pm-9pm 

Location: RADA Studios (Studio 7), 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX (nearest tube: Goodge Street)

Cost: £27

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.

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Your Self-Producing Toolkit: A day-long introduction (LPW Workshop)

Does the idea of self-producing your play leave you feeling confused?  Inexperienced?  Even terrified?  Don’t worry – it’s not as hard as it seems!

This day-long workshop will give participants the confidence, practical skills, and troubleshooting insight to successfully produce their own work.

Why should I self-produce?

While a few lucky writers are fortunate enough to find theatres eager to produce their work at the beginning of their careers, the vast majority need to find other ways to get their work onstage: to build their careers and gain the valuable experience of seeing their writing performed.

In our experience, writers tend to be a bit more intimidated by self-producing than directors or other creatives, but this need not be so!  Self-producing takes hard work, but it’s incredibly empowering to realise that you don’t need to win a major award or get a big commission to see your work onstage – you have the skills to make this happen right now.

About the workshop

The workshop covers the core information you need to know to get your play on in a theatre, including:

  • Approaching venues (which theatres to approach, how to write query emails, pitching your project, and negotiating your contract)
  • Budgeting and fundraising (how to generate and manage a budget, crowdfunding, grants, Arts Council funding, and sponsorships)
  • Building your creative team, including casting (how to create a casting call and structure auditions/interviews, where to advertise and find the right people, navigating the rehearsal process, and tips for managing your relationships with other creatives)
  • Publicity and industry outreach (developing a marketing plan, designing flyers and other marketing materials, social media advertising, and inviting agents, theatres, and reviewers)
  • Time management and the key stages of self-producing (a step-by-step walkthrough of your key milestones, setting priorities, and troubleshooting common problems for new producers)

Through a combination of interactive exercises, sharing information and case studies, the workshop will connect playmakers to the resources that will enable them to see their project through to conclusion.  The workshop is focused on playwrights, but is open to any theatremakers who are interested in producing their own work.

All participants will be given detailed handouts they can use for reference after the course.  Although the day will be information-intensive, the approach will be friendly and encouraging, and will be equally welcoming to people from all backgrounds, with plenty of time devoted to answering questions.

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is targeted at people taking their first steps into self-producing, or who have self-produced their work in a limited way but are looking to expand their knowledge in this area, or want more confidence in pitching their work.  Whether you have a specific project already in mind, or are just starting to brainstorm the possibilities, this workshop will leave you better equipped to bring your work to life onstage.

Feedback from previous participants:

“Dense in information, very engaging and oh-so-practical!  Inspired to create and produce more work now.”

“So much was covered with examples and useful anecdotes.”

When and where

When:  Saturday 12 November 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

Where: London (Zone 1/2) – Space to be confirmed

Cost:  £90 for the full day workshop (lunch not included)

How to book

Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leaders

The workshop is led by the co-founders of London Playwrights’ Blog, Kimberley Andrews and A.C. Smith, both of whom have personal experience successfully producing their own creative projects, in addition to their other work as playwrights. They also produced the Dark Horse Festival which took place as part of London Writers’ Week 2016 with funding from Arts Council England.

Kimberley Andrews has written an ongoing introductory series on how to produce your own work, focusing on fringe venues in London; she has co-produced several of her own projects at venues including the Hen & Chickens and Rich Mix Studios.  As a writer, she has worked with BBC Drama Writers’ Academy and as a Playwriting Tutor at RADA, among other projects.

A.C. Smith has self-produced work at venues including Theatre503, RADA, Rose Theatre Bankside, The Pheasantry, and as part of Barlow & Smith also crowdfunded and self-produced an album of original songs. As a writer, she has won awards from the RSC and Soho Theatre, and previously worked at RADA as Head of Academic Studies.

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Brave New Word accepting short pieces for ‘Break-Up Britain’

Brave New Word is currently accepting submissions for its next event on 18 September 2016 on the theme of ‘Break-Up Britain’.

Brave New Word is a platform and community for writers, actors and directors to showcase, discuss and experiment with new work. They are especially inclusive of work which has urgency or importance, works outside traditional parameters, and takes risk. They also particularly encourage first-time writers.

Theme: In their own words:

“We are looking for pieces for September’s event, BREAK-UP BRITAIN, exploring the personal, the political (and the downright petty) art of the break-up as the country prepares for its ‘messy divorce’ from the EU. We would love to see this interpreted and reimagined in as many ways as possible. Please be aware that we will not be accepting entries for this event on any other theme.”

What to submit:

  • Feel free to submit pieces of any form, including drama, poetry, songs, short films and prose.
  • Keep pieces to 5 minutes in length.
  • Keep characters to 5 maximum

How to apply: Send all submissions to bravenewwordfest@gmail.com in either Word or PDF format and as an email attachment. Please make the subject of your email ‘Break-up Britain Submission’. Please submit scripts in clear, standardised formatting.

Deadline: 5 September 2016 at 9am

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

BBC seeking two Script Editors for EastEnders

The BBC is seeking to fill two Script Editor roles for EastEnders.

Reporting to the Script Producer, the successful candidates will work as part of a team overseeing episodes from the idea stage to delivery to the production crew, and through to shoot. Generating creative ideas as well as long term story ideas, Script Editors work with the production teams representing the writers’ interests, ensuring their consent to script changes as well as ensuring the scripts are editorially correct, carrying out the necessary checks.

In addition they attend the monthly Commissioning meetings, offering and suggesting critical and creative suggestions. The successful candidates will also be advising on all script related matters and be responsible for managing the relationships between writers and the production staff.

Skills & Experience: Fancy giving it a crack? Well, it’s important you’re able to demonstrate experience of –

  • Script editing, ideally on TV drama series.
  • Generating creative ideas and treatments.
  • Working with new and experienced writers under pressure and to tight deadlines.

You should also have strong communication, negotiation, influencing and persuading skills and the ability to work within a team and on your own initiative.

Still fancy giving it a crack? To find out more about the role and how to apply, visit the BBC Careers Hub.

Deadline: 2 September 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

Applications open for Playwright/Playread at Actors’ Temple

The Actors’ Temple is offering a workshop open to both writers and actors who would like to develop their writing. The first step in this process is designed for writers who would like the opportunity to work through an area of text which they would like to develop. A section of your script will be read through and rehearsed by our trained actors and then performed in front of an invited audience with the opportunity for a Q&A, critical feedback & networking. 

They will select two playwrights to work with per session. Sessions will run on one Sunday each month (typically the last Sunday of every month).

The next PlayWright/PlayRead Workshop will be on 25 September at 10.00am -10.00pm aThe Actors’ Temple (13-14 Warren Street,  W1T 5LH).

How it works: The session will consist of three sections:

  1. A workshop with specifically chosen actors and a director to work on a particular character or section of the script
  2. A rehearsal of the section of the script you would like the actors to read in front of the audience  
  3. The rehearsed reading in front of an audience including an opportunity for constructive feedback and informal networking during the interval. 

Each writer will have approx 2 hours to workshop & rehearse their script with actors prior to the reading.

How to apply: To take part please submit a minimum of ten pages to ashlie@actorstemple.com  

Fee: This is a not-for-profit event and as such there are no set fees for playwrights, actors or audience members- please note that donations will be accepted on the door of the rehearsed reading (suggested donations £5+) with all donations going towards further supporting the development of new writers, actors and directors. Playwrights are invited to make a contribution of £10 per submission. 

Deadline: 1 September 2016

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Monologues and short plays sought for charity event for NYC Foundling

Entertain Us Productions are organising a charity event to benefit the New York Foundling, a child welfare agency in the US. The show will be mostly made up of original monologues and short plays and EU Productions invite you to submit scripts for inclusion at the event.

Once the pieces have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on 21 October.

What to submit:

  • Monologues: 2-4 mins.
  • Short Plays: 10 mins (up to 4 characters, please)

How to apply:  Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format to: 2entertaintheidea@gmail.com

The submission deadline was originally Monday, 8 August but for this call out EU has confirmed that they’re extending the deadline to 31 August. This opportunity is open to UK writers.

Deadline: 31 August 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

Live Lab Bursary 2016 seeking innovative approaches to text-based performance (£2000)

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre’s £2,000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of theatre.

Live Theatre, Newcastle is the home of new theatre in the North East and Live Lab is the creative space that allows it to flourish. It offers a platform and support to writers, theatre makers and artists to test bed their creativity.

What you get: The bursary winner will receive £2000 to help in the development of a new piece of theatre, dramaturgical and producing support, two weeks rehearsal/R&D space at Live Theatre and a performance slot in the Work-in-progress night at the Live Lab Elevator festival in February 2017.

Previous outstanding bursary winners have been Lists for the End of the World by fanSHEN, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp by Alison Carr and Captain Amazing by Alistair McDowall

“Receiving the bursary was really important for us. We had an idea for a show that wasn’t all that easy to explain and that fell between being new writing and collaboratively made work. Receiving the bursary was a really important vote of confidence; I’m really not sure if we’d have made the show without it. The money itself was obviously great but it was more than that – the belief in the idea.”   Rachel Briscoe – fanSHEN

The Live Lab Bursary is specifically aimed at individuals, collaborations or companies who have an innovative approach to text based performance

In their own words: “We want to see something new and unexpected so send us your ideas and tell us what you have to say.”

How to Apply: Please send proposals on one side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work.

You may also want to send images and video links of the idea or previous projects.

How to apply: Proposals should be sent to livelab@live.org.uk by

Interviews will be eld for shortlisted applicants in the week commencing Monday 3 October 2016.

Deadline: Sunday 18 September 2016

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Dionysian Magazine seeking play submissions

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: Dionysian Magazine seeking play submissions

Description: Dionysian Magazine is a new international magazine made available both in print and digital. Their goal is to showcase playwrights’ work, and they are seeking short plays of 1-10 pages in length.

What’s so great about it? Our Pick of the Week selections often focus on opportunities to get produced, which are priceless for emerging writers, but getting your work published can be even more elusive. And short plays can be especially hard to share in published form. The Dionysian is a new initiative, so there aren’t currently samples available of what the magazine will look like, but the opportunity to get your work published on an international platform seems pretty priceless to us! They’re accepting submissions until 31 August, so no time to waste sending your entry in.

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.

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