LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin?

In 2012, Freddie Machin wrote and performed a one-man show based on the early life of Winston Churchill. Thanks to its exposure at the fringe, he then took the production on a UK tour. Drawing on this experience and looking ahead to Edinburgh 2019, Freddie will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival.

The six-week course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels with an interest in the fringe, and will be particularly applicable to those writers considering taking a play of their own to Edinburgh 2019.

Course dates: Thursdays 7pm – 9pm from 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks)

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £135 non members / £108 members rate

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book:          


Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen

After the success of the taster session of this workshop at London Writers’ Week, playwright, Freddie Machin is back with his practical session on taking your work from stage to screen. This time, he’ll be working with a smaller, more intimate group – so please book early to secure your spot!
From Stage to Screen is a one-off workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels.

Course date: Saturday 29 September 2018, 10.30am – 1pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £47 non members/ £37.60 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 




        

Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews,  this course will give you a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for editing your play.

Packed full of practical tips, exercises and individual support from Kimberley, this course promises to leave you perfectly equipped to take your play to the next level.

How it works:

Once you’ve booked your place on the course, you’ll need to send your first draft over to us so that Kimberley can read it prior to the first workshop, we’ll need to receive this by the end of September.

Redrafting Masterclass

You’ll attend a group Redrafting Masterclass where you will explore different approaches to redrafting, learn about practical methods to edit your work and gain the tools you need to start re-writing your play.

Individual Tutorials

You’ll be offered a 45 minute tutorial with Kimberley Andrews, who will give you feedback on your script and discuss which areas need the most work.  Kimberley will also provide you with a bullet point redrafting action plan. Tutorials will take place in Central London or by Skype, if preferable.

Troubleshooting Masterclass

After you’ve taken some time to redraft your work, the group will meet again for a troubleshooting masterclass. In this session, you’ll be given the chance to share problematic scenes with the group and explore how to overcome common hurdles within the redrafting process.

Course Dates: 

Redrafting Masterclass:  Saturday 13 October 2018, 2pm-5pm

Individual Tutorials: Saturday 20 October OR Saturday 27 October between 1pm-6pm (please note, individual time slots will be confirmed nearer the time).

Troubleshooting Masterclass: Saturday 17 November 2018, 2pm – 5pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £200 non members/ £160 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 


Members click  here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Kimberley is a playwright, script consultant and tutor.  She has had work produced at the Birmingham Rep and has developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange, Wolverhampton University and All the Rage Theatre. She has also written and produced comedy sketch shows at the Hen & Chickens and is currently working on a television project and a novel.

When she’s not writing, she heads up writer development at LPB and works on programming content on workshops to support playwrights in developing their work.  Kimberley  is keen to create exciting opportunities and resources for emerging writers and currently also works as a playwriting tutor at RADA.

Fitzroy House seeking writers for first professional season

Fitzroy House is currently planning their first professional season, forming a Rep Company and searching for exciting writers to commission.
In the coming year in order to find actors, directors and writers to work with they will be holding a number of events such as this one. This way, they feel we can get a real understanding of how the artists work and form a strong supportive ensemble.
Any work entered into their Scratch/New Writing Nights will be considered for professional development for their summer season next year.
How to apply: send your work to daniel.grimston@icloud.com (no more than ten pages).
Deadline: 27 August 2018
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

From Page to Stage at the Arcola Theatre (course, £95)

Arcola invites playwrights to elevate their work and hone their style. From Page To Stage will enable early-career playwrights to look critically at their drafted work in preparation for performance.

Each two hour session will provide tools and exercises for writers to go beyond their usual practice, providing them with a supportive and dynamic environment in which to test out their ideas. The course will touch on editing, dramaturgy, and how to redraft with actors and directors for performance.

There will be opportunities for writers to share their work and hear extracts read aloud; with peer-to-peer feedback and open discussion providing a basis for script development.

This workshop is led by playwright, producer and comedian Rebecca Jones.

Course dates:  28 August – 2nd October (Tuesdays, 8pm – 10pm)

Cost: £95

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Applications open for the Old Vic 12

The search is on to find the next group of exciting artists to become The Old Vic 12.

The Old Vic 12 is a group of 12 extraordinary developing artists ready to take the next step in their careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand their networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

The Old Vic is looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between; if you’re interested in collaboration and new writing, they want to hear from you.

Who can apply: the successful applicants will be creatives looking to make a change in their work, whether that’s a step up or the support to go in a new direction. Applicants should be creating their own work on the fringe, assisting established practitioners or working at the equivalent level, and feel that they would benefit from a structured year and attachment to an independent producing theatre.

Successful applicants currently based outside of London will be eligible for support with travel and accommodation. We will also work with you to make sure any access needs are met and that you can make the most out of the opportunity.

How to apply: check out the full details and apply here.

Deadline: 3 September 2018 at 12pm

Source: direct contact

Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests

It’s the last month to enter Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests.
The details: 
* 37 Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy & Bafta Winning Judges
* 98 Prod Comps & Agents and 25 amazing Directors to read the winning screenplays.
* Oscar winning Alumni. We’ve helped 50+ Writers gain representation, sell, and have their screenplays produced.
* Over the course of 2018, we are giving away $35K in Cash & Prizes, including meetings with top managers & agents.
“Placing highly in our screenplay competition will help open doors and get your work read by the people who can make a difference.”
How to apply: for all the details and to submit your script go to the website. 
Deadline: 31 August 2018 (Midnight USA Pacific Time)
Source: direct contact

The Questors Theatre seeking short plays on theme of ‘online revenge’

The Questors Theatre is planning a themed evening of short plays, looking at the darker side of social media. Selected entries will receive a staged reading during their coming season.

Love it or loathe it, social media is part of modern life. Friendships are formed and played out in cyberspace. The internet brings us together…and sometimes tears us apart. Points are made, grudges are pursued, scores are settled. All online.

It’s a medium perfect for revenge.

This is a call for short scripts – nothing longer than 15 minutes please – that explore the possibilities for revenge online.

“The Questors is one of the largest community theatres in Europe. Situated in Ealing, West London, we perform around 20 plays each year in our Playhouse and Studio, as well as hosting a full programme of guest productions, music and platform events. With our own theatre complex, rehearsal space, workshop and professional-standard technical facilities, we offer opportunities for excellence in all areas of theatre production and design. As well as exploring the mainstream of modern and classical world drama, The Questors has always been respected for championing new or rarely performed plays, and for encouraging experimentation.”

How to apply: send scripts (Word or PDF) to: new.writing@questors.org.uk

Deadline: 30 September 2018

Source: direct contact

 

Unmasked Theatre seeking new work for Brighton scratch night & fringe run

IT’S BACK (AND JUST A BIT BIGGER AND BETTER). WRITERS, COME SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPTS TO THE BRIGHTON SCRATCH NIGHT!

9 Extracts, 2 performances across 3 nights. 1 play to be produced for a full Brighton Fringe run.

What they are looking for (in their words):  

• We want your scripts (PDF’s please. None of this Office nonsense!) Scripts can be on ANY subject, from ANYONE
• We’re looking for extracts, not short plays. All pieces should be over at least thirty minutes, as the overall winner will go on to be programmed into an hour fringe slot. If you have a piece of work that is less than thirty minutes, we would want to see some potential for it to be extended for it to be considered.
• All applicants must send in a synopsis, their chosen extract, and, if possible, the full script
• We like to know where our writers are based and how involved you could be in the process. We would like a brief outline of your location and availability across the programme.
• We’re looking for new pieces. We are not looking for any previously produced work (rehearsed readings are fine)
• There is no exact cast limit/ staging restrictions, but please be aware these would be for scratch performances (We’ve still not mastered getting a real car on stage etc…)
• Returning authors/ reworked pieces are absolutely encouraged.

P.S, for our sanity please do ensure that scripts are formatted appropriately, with some proofreading and a reasonable font choice!

How to apply: all work (and any queries) to be sent to press@unmaskedtheatre.com with a brief cover letter. A longlist will be formed and all longlist writers will receive feedback from their industry panel. Non-listed extracts may apply for feedback, but fees may apply due to resources.

What happens next: nine extracts will then be taken and developed by local companies of professional actors and directors, including all award-winning companies: Unmasked Theatre’s Luke Ofield and Pip O’Neill, Pretty Villain’s Roger Kay and Blue Devil’s Ross Dinwiddy. Applications for further directing opportunities will follow soon.

One play will then receive a fully produced run at The Brighton Fringe 2019 at The Rialto Theatre.

Deadline: 9 September 2018

Source: direct contact

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