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LPW Play Club – Submission Window Open

The first submission window is officially open for #PlayClub! We want brand new short plays written in response to this month’s play: Far Away by Caryl Churchill.

Plays must be direct responses to Far Away, this can be anything from the theme to the style to a character to lines of dialogue you liked – the world is your oyster.

And if you haven’t had time to read yet, never fear – you can still read and send in your submissions. And you can also chat all about the play via our Facebook group discussion – open now!

Note: you must be a London Playwrights member to submit a play – details below!

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit:
  • An original, unperformed short play
  • No more than 10 pages long
  • 12 sized font
  • Double spaced
  • A title and character page
  • Between 2-4 characters

1 Character plays/monologues will be accepted at a maximum of 5 pages, adhering to the same regulations above!

Submissions should be emailed to: playclub@londonplaywrights.org  with a subject line of ‘Play Club Submission – (Writers Name).

As we mentioned previously, plays should be a response to Far Away in some form or another. If you aren’t sure about anything, feel free to ping us any questions either via email or on the Facebook groups.

LPW Memberships

We will accept submissions from LPW members only, so if you’re not one yet but are wanting to submit – what’re you waiting for? It costs less than a cup of coffee a month and you get a whole host of exclusive benefits! Details of how to sign up can be found here

Looking forward to reading your scripts – happy writing!

Submissions close on Sunday 28th April at Midday.

Flux Theatre: Accepting Short Plays for EMERGE #4

Flux Theatre is seeking short plays between 20-25 minutes long (either standalone or part of a longer piece) to form part of their EMERGE event at the Bunker Theatre.

EMERGE is a platform that gives four emerging writers, directors and a company of actors the opportunity to collaborate/showcase their work to the industry.

Plus each writer receives mentorship from some of the industries top creatives (see PAST EVENTS page for previous mentors).

Previous industry attendees include:

Royal Court, Theatre 503, Arcola Theatre, Soho Theatre, Oberon Books, Nick Hern Publishing, Finborough Theatre, Underbelly, Bush Theatre, Red Planet TV.

Literary Agents include:

Curtis Brown, Cassarotto, Troika, Knight Hall.

Previous EMERGE writers have had their work staged at:

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, The Bunker Theatre, Camden Peoples Theatre, VAULT Festival, Old Red Lion, Theatre 503, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre N16.

ON THE NIGHT

After the four pieces have been performed, there’s an interval, followed by a feedback session. Will Adolphy (Joint AD Flux), the director, the writer and the mentor of each piece sit down for a brief informal discussion. This is where the audience get a chance to briefly hear from the writer and we can gage the immediate response of the room.

How to apply

Full details of how to apply can be found on Flux Theatre’s website. 

Applicants must read all submission guidelines before applying.

Follow @EmergeNight for updates.

Source: Playwriting UK

Chichester Festival Theatre Seeking Applications for Script Lab

CFT’s Script Lab will take participants through a workshopping process in which your short play is honed, refined and finally performed in a script-in-hand reading by two professional actors.

Course Tutor Lucy Flannery will lead you through a series of exercises to sharpen your playwriting skills. Participants will look at structure, dialogue, sub-text, tension and different ways to connect with an audience.

Course Dates:

Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm

30 April

7, 14, 21 May

4, 11, 18, 25 June

2, 9 July

Lucy Flannery is a former RLF Fellow at the University of Chichester. She writes for radio and film in addition to theatre and her sitcom Rent won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy. Her new short play, Risk was recently part of a showcase at The Spring, Havant, and her play Poisoned Beds, co-written with Greg Mosse, returns for a south coast/ south west tour in the summer and autumn of 2019.

How to Apply:

The course is limited to only twelve participants. To apply for a place on the course, please submit one 10-Minute scene via e-mail to leap@cft.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 5 April. The scene can either be stand-alone, or an extract from a longer piece, but may have no more than 2 speaking characters. Bursary places are available, please indicate at time of application if you would like further information.

Deadline: 5 April 2019 
Source: Twitter

LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

To kick off our #PlayClub project, this month we’re reading….

Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s Far Away is a play that looks at conflict and its unsettling effect on our lives, and on our humanity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 24 November 2000 and is currently a set text for AS/A Level Drama (WJEC). It explores fear, humanity and the effects of war.

Submissions

As we mentioned previously, we challenge you to write a short, 10 page play (12 font size, please!) in direct response to what you’ve read.

We will accept submissions from LPW members only, so if you’re not one yet but are wanting to submit – what’re you waiting for? It costs less than a cup of coffee a month and you get a whole host of exclusive benefits! Details of how to sign up can be found here.

Our submission window in response to Far Away will be open from
Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 28th April  so please don’t send us scripts before then!

An email will be sent your way once the window is open with full details of how to submit, including; where to send it, our format guidelines and some top tips.

But until then, happy reading for this month, and don’t forget to join the Facebook group discussion!

How to sign up

Play submissions for this project are exclusively for our members (you can sign up for less than 4 quid though and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do!)

You’re also more than welcome to just read the plays and join in some discussion with us about them on the members Facebook group! We’ll open up a discussion forum on there at the same time we open for submissions, so don’t feel you have to write a play, you’re absolutely fine to just read too.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now and follow the link as above.

Image source: Nick Hern Books/Royal Court (Far Away Cover) 

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee)

Norwich Theatre Royal are running a playwriting course over ten weekly two hour sessions, in which participants will learn about the craft of scriptwriting through classes and workshopping each other’s writing. Participants will learn how to generate stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts. By the end of the course, participants will have developed knowledge of dramaturgy and have built up a portfolio of work and where appropriate will have had the opportunity to hear their own work, in a shared reading by our own acting students.

The course will be led by Norfolk based playwright James McDermott. James graduated from UEA with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting and trained on The Royal Court Writers Group 2017. James’s plays include Fast Food starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith), Street Life (NTR Stage Two) and Rubber Ring (UK Tour) which has been published by Samuel French. James is currently writing new plays for Hampstead Theatre, HighTide and Norwich Arts Centre. James teaches playwriting at Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich and Marina Theatre Lowestoft as well as in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Course Info:

  • Tuesdays 7.00 – 9.00pm
  • 30 April – 7 July (excluding half term on 28 May)
  • Classes take place at Stage Two at Norwich Theatre Royal
  • Cost – £120
  • Suitable for Ages 26+ yrs.
  • No writing experience necessary

How to book: find out more and book on the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Jamesliammcd (Norwich Theatre Royal)

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking

CFT Young Playwrights is designed to bring together aspiring local young writers who want to develop their craft using practical exercises. This peer-led group coordinated by LEAP trainee Fin Ross Russell, offers a relaxed space to get creative with your writing and start working towards your first award-winning play! Participants will also benefit from masterclass sessions with CFT Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich and bestselling author Kate Mosse.

Working with fellow young writers on a similar level you’ll experiment with different topics and styles of writing, sharing work in progress, thoughts and ideas. At the end of the term you’ll also have the opportunity to share your work and hear your script performed in a reading by others in the group.

Summer Term Dates 2019: Tuesday 23 April, Monday 29 April, Tuesday 7 May, Monday 13 May, Monday 20 May, Monday 3 June, Monday 10 June, Monday 17 June, Monday 24 June, Monday 1 July, Monday 8 July

Cost: Free but booking is essential.

How to book: find out more and book on the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Chichester Festival Theatre Website

The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition (£5 Entry)

The Page Is Printed are now accepting submissions for their creative writing competition from which writers can win a different number of prizes.

Any genre of writing is accepted from script to poetry, but you’re encouraged to be bold, imaginative and contain your entry to one side of A4. The panel will be looking for something that dares to be different and most importantly, something which comes alive when read aloud.

How to submit: 

To enter download and complete the entry form, then send it with your single-sided A4 entry to: thepageisprinted@gmail.com

(Don’t forget to make payment and put the payment reference on your entry form.)  Entry to the competition includes a free ticket to the Page is Printed Celebration Evening on Sat 27 Apr.

Entry Fees:

Adult £5 (1 entry) | £10 (up to 3 entries) | Under 18s FREE (1 entry)

Deadline: 31 March 

Source: https://www.tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/the-page-is-printed–competition-entry-2019

The Writers Guild of Great Britain: Open Space D&D Event

The Writers Guild of Great Britain invites you to an Open Space, Devoted & Disgruntled event on 28 March 2019 in London, where you can work on the question: what do you need, and what can you share?

The event is free and open to all writers, whether WGGB members or not.

Whether you write for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, comedy, animation or videogames, or would like to have a go at any of those, no matter what experience you have, do come along and hang out, get some support, and help someone else. Be prepared to be surprised by what you get out of the event!

For full details of the day can be found on D&D’s website.

Date: 28 March 2019 

Deadline: not applicable

Source: Writers Guild

 

The Space: Scriptspace Now Accepting Submissions

The Space are looking for early drafts of one act or full length plays, accepting work that hasn’t been previously read (to an audience), workshopped or performed. They are open for submissions until 28th March and we will select a number of plays for readings taking place in July and August.

They are particularly looking for original, exciting and relevant work that shows strong writing ability, has clarity of purpose and the potential to be a successful stage production. 

If your piece is selected for a reading you would be required to attend at your own expense (dates to be arranged). For this reason, they are currently only accepting applications from UK-based playwrights.

How to submit: 

Submit scripts as an attachment (either .pdf or .doc) in an email to ScriptSpace with “submission” as the subject title. They can only accept one play submission per playwright.

Also let them know a bit about your background and experience as a writer. This doesn’t have to be a formal CV or cover letter (although those are fine if you have them!) – they’d just like to know a bit more about you, why and how you write and what your work’s been like so far.

Deadline: 28th March at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

LPW: New Play Club Launching Next Week!

Next up on our new content for members is our revamped Book Club – with the chance to have your work read by professional actors! 

#PlayClub

We told you we had more content and opportunities coming your way, and we aren’t stopping just yet. At LPW, we’re delighted to announce our brand new ‘Play Club’ project which is kicking off next week. For it, we’re taking the old online book club into a new exciting direction with more creativity involved! (And, let’s be honest, which writers don’t like being creative?)

Every other month, starting in March, we’ll be setting a play for everyone to read. From this, we challenge you to write a 10 page short play inspired by what you’ve read.

After each submission window, we’ll then select the winner from that round who can look forward to having their play read by actors at the final members meet-up of 2019!

Never fear if you aren’t selected, though, as we’ll be reading 4 plays this year, which means you’ve got 4 chances to get your shiny new short play read. Yep, you read that right, 4 CHANCES.

The first play is announced next week, and anyone is more than welcome to read along with us, but to submit your inspired short play you must be a LPW member. Check below for details about how to become one…

How to sign up

Play submissions for this project are exclusively for our members (you can sign up for less than 4 quid though and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do!)

Members, check your emails for #PlayClub updates! They’ll automatically be sent to your inbox as and when things are ready to share. We’ll share details of how to submit your plays when the submission window opens in April.

You’re also more than welcome to just read the plays and join in some discussion with us about them on the members Facebook group! We’ll open up a discussion forum on there at the same time we open for submissions, so don’t feel you have to write a play, you’re absolutely fine to just read too.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now and follow the link as above.

Here’s to reading and writing!