Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350)

This three-day course will offer an active interrogation of the fundamental principles of dramatic writing. Through a combination of script analysis and exercises that Simon Stephens and Anjum Malik employ in their own work as well as a broader philosophical consideration of the mechanics of playwriting the three days will consider, among other questions, the fundamental nature of dramatic action, dramatic dialogue, narrative and structure as well as creative process.

Course dates: 24 – 26 April 2018.

Cost: £350

Location: Manchester Met. University

To applydownload an application form or contact

Deadline: None posted, but the course starts on 24 April 2018

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for an evening on writing for the stage with David Eldridge, the acclaimed writer of the must-see hit, Beginning!

Join them as leading dramatist, David Eldridge, is in conversation with fellow playwright Dan Rebellato at Bloomsbury’s stunning London headquarters talking playwriting, storytelling on stage, screen and radio and his illustrious writing career to date for one night only.

Date: 24 April 2018, 6.30pm- 8pm

Cost: From £11.37

Location: Bloomsbury Institute, WC1B 3DP

How to book: via the website

How To Begin Playwriting with Andrew Muir at The National Theatre (£500/£350)

This ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques. Led by Andrew Muir.

Dates: This course will take place on Friday mornings 19.30am – 12.30pm from Friday 20th April – Friday 6th July (Not 25th May or 1st June)

Cost: £500 (£350 concessions) Bursary places available.

How to apply: Visit the website for more information

Deadline for applications: 3 April 2018 at 10am

Source: Direct contact

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected

The Millennials are looking for 10 minute pieces of work based around millennials’ experience of ‘disconnect’, from real life experiences through to tech and social media. Chosen pieces will be performed at the Pleasance Theatre on 16 July 2018.

Submission guidelines: 

  • No monologues
  • Maximum 4 cast members

How to submit: Email your work to

Deadline: 30 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group


BBC – A Celebration of Moving On – Screening and Q&A Event

Moving On, the amazing BBC drama series created by Jimmy McGovern and made in Liverpool by LA Productions, has reached an amazing 50 episodes, but what is the secret of its success?

Meet the team behind this very successful series and enjoy a special screening of the landmark 50th episode.

Some facts about Moving On:

Moving On is in its tenth series, all series have been filmed in and around Liverpool using local businesses and tradespeople.

Moving On is proactive in targeting new writers to give them their first TV commission. Vivienne Harvey (RTS-nominated forEighteen, Series 8), Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different,Broken), Esther Wilson (Call The Midwife, The Street) and actress Jodhi May (Invisible, Series 9) all got their first TV commission on Moving On.

When:  Wednesday 21st March at 6.30pm

Where: The Compass Room, Lowry Theatre, PIER 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

How to book: This is a free event – book your ticket here

Deadline: None, but tickets are expected to go fast!

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Continuing Drama Directors’ Scheme – open for applications

Note: Whilst this one isn’t exactly a ‘writing’ opportunity, we thought it might be of interest to some of our readers!

BBC Drama, supported by BBC Studios & Directors UK, is pleased to announce the third part of their continuing drama directors’ scheme.  It was announced in September that nine drama directors would be mentored over the following year on one of the BBC’s continuing dramas (DoctorsHolby CityCasualty & River City).

They are now inviting applications to apply for River City. As part of their training, successful candidates will receive a full credit on one episode of the drama. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within nine months for a full directorial commission.

There will be two trainee director spots available on River City and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions – all the details are outlined on the BBC Writersroom website. 

Deadline: 9 April 2018 at 10am

Source: BBC Writersroom

Falling Pennies seeking submissions for ‘On the Night’

Falling Pennies is proud to present its’ 5th new writing night, On The Night. After successful previous events, the next On The Night will take place this May at the Etcetera Theatre.

What they are looking for: 20-30 minute scenes on the theme of ‘Equality & Revolution’ – all styles of writing welcome, including musicals.

How to submit: Email

Deadline: 6 April 2018 at midday

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Common Ground: Discussion on career progression for working-class playwrights at the Royal Court

This COMMON GROUND discussion is aimed exclusively at working-class* playwrights, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression that they face in the UK theatre industry.

It is also an opportunity for COMMON to ask for your suggestions towards an initiative we are developing to support working-class playwrights across the UK.

The discussion is open to playwrights of all styles and in all stages of their career, including early-career, mid-career and established, writers-in-residence, naturalistic writers, surrealist writers etc.

Date and time: 26 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, Rehearsal room

How to book: via the website

Cost: FREE

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Page to Stage call out for 10 minute scripts

CALLING WRITERS! The next Page to Stage event will take place on Tuesday  24 April at The Horse & Stables, London SE1 7RW.

You are invited to submit a NEW 10-minute theatre script (or excerpt) to be rehearsed by actors and directors, then shared and given feedback by an industry panel.

Page to Stage is a great platform to try out new material, see your work performed, receive advice from the experts, and create working relationships with other theatre-makers.

Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area.

How to submit:  Email to request the short submission form (other details will be supplied to you at the same time)
Once you’ve received the details, you’ll be able to send your script plus the completed form.

If your script is chosen, please be sure you can attend the event – the evening is all about the feedback and responses to your work.

Deadline: 29 March at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night

Do you ever feel frustrated about what you see or don’t see on stage? What themes, worlds or communities still aren’t being represented? We are living through tumultuous times – how should theatre respond?

“We want to scratch the plays a company like ours – a diverse, cutting edge touring theatre company of 27 years – should be producing. We have our ideas but we want to hear yours. So, rather than select plays around a theme that we have set, for our latest scratch night, the floor is yours. You, the artists can submit plays on any theme.”

This is your opportunity to suggest new ideas, and send Tamasha a short script, on any subject. They will select and present four as script-in-hand readings at Rich Mix in May to a public audience. This is your opportunity to scratch your work with professional actors and a director.

Submission guidelines: 

  • Script extracts should be no more than 15 minutes in performance (roughly 10 pages)
  • Pieces must be for a maximum of four actors (doubling possible)
  • They’re looking for play ideas for which there is a good reason for Tamasha to produce now, in the UK
  • Scenes from longer scripts are welcome

“Given the nature of our work, we are particularly interested in submissions from BAMER writers. All applicants must demonstrate a proven and strong interest in culturally specific work.

As a touring company, we are also particularly keen in ideas set with universal, non-London centric theme.”

How to submit: Scripts should be sent to Please include a recent CV and short (no more than one A4 page) covering letter explaining why you think the piece is relevant to Tamasha and topical.

Deadline: 8 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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