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LPW Online Book club – join us!

The LPW Online Book Club is our latest initiative, exclusive for our members.

Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

More about the Book Club…

For our first outing, we’ll be reading Hamlet. There’s a good chance you’ve encountered this play before – but analyzing it as a playwright is an entirely different experience. We’ll be approaching the text from a writer’s perspective to look at why it works and has continued to fascinate generations of theatremakers and audiences.

How does it work? 

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

When does it start? 

We’re giving you two weeks to read the play, and then discussion will start at lunchtime on Friday 15 September 2017. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the play by then, we’ll be starting at the beginning with our discussion, so there will still be a lot that you can get out of it.

However, we can’t be held liable for any spoilers, so if this is something that will bother you, probably best to finish the play before the book club starts.

We’ll be discussing the play in the Facebook Group throughout the rest of the month of September, so if there’s a question or a topic you want to explore with a group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity.

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!

 

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 7 July 2017

Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Featured posts:

A New Chapter for LPB (visit our new Members’ Site!!)

Meet Our London Writers’ Week Panelists (become a member to come for free)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Blog:

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Whitworth Young Contemporaries seeking artists/writers interested in South Asian Arts (paid) – Deadline: 7 July 2017

G64 Festival running ‘Truth or Dare Festival’ competitions for playwrights age 4-18 – Deadline: 10 July 2017

Dursley library and Create Gloucestershire seeking artists for Story Bus project (paid) – Deadline: 12 July 2017

Penguin Random House accepting submissions for WriteNow scheme – Deadline: 16 July 2017

Hijabi Monologues seeking true stories for performance at Bush Theatre (Muslim women writers) – Deadline: 17 July 2017 at 12 noon

Film London accepting applications for London Calling short film scheme – Deadline: 25 July 2017 at 12 noon

Second Sons seeking submissions for Play Time new writing night – Deadline: 26 July 2017 at midnight

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

Previously… Scotland’s History Festival: seed commission for new history plays – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Royale Productions seeking musical theatre scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

National Theatre: Tony Kushner on Angels in America – 30 June 2017

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline/ sessions begin in July 2017

London Writers’ Week 2017 – starts 3 July 2017

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion  -8 July 2017 3pm-4.30pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop  -8 July 2015 5pm – 7pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers -8 July 2017 7pm-9pm

Shooting People: In session with Mike Figgis (free event) – 13 July 2017 7pm

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

Shooting People: In session with Mike Figgis (free event)

Join Shooting People in session with Mike Figgis, the renowned filmmaker whose credits include Internal AffairsTimecode and Leaving Las Vegas, for which he received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The event will kick off at 7pm in the Hackney Attic (Hackney Picturehouse’s top floor venue space) and includes a discussion with Mike Figgis on his career as a filmmaker, his new screenwriting book, his latest design for the infamous FigRig, as well as offering filmmaking advice to the audience.

Got writer’s block? Alongside his book, Mike’s invented a card game to put an end to writer’s block once and for all… the 36 Dramatic Situations Playing Cards. After presenting the cards, Mike will work with members of the audience on a new idea for a script, using the cards as a live screenwriting experience.

There will also be the chance to see the latest version of the FigRig and try it out, plus a Q&A and networking drinks

The event is free to attend but availability is limited,

Find out more details and book your free place on the Shooting People website 

Date and time: Thursday 13 July 2017 at 7pm

Location: Hackney Attic (Picturehouse)

Cost: Free

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production

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:The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production 

Description: The BRIT School are currently looking for a playwright for their graduate theatre company The Bridge to write their 2017/18 production.

What’s so great about it? This is a professional, paid opportunity to write a play for The Bridge Company,  a training initiative run by the BRIT School’s Theatre department on a professional theatre model.

The chosen playwright will initially work with the company and the director one day a week to workshop the development of ideas, which will then culminate in writing a 70 minute play for a three week in run in London.

We’re always happy to see real job opportunities for playwrights, especially one like this where the successful writer will have their work performed on stage by professionals linked with a highly prestigious organisation such as the Brit School. They are looking writers with some experience in writing in response to a workshop setting and you’ve got until 6 July to send in your CV, a cover letter and a sample of your writing.

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.

Photo courtesy of The Brit School

Royale Productions seeking musical theatre scripts

Royale Productions is a brand new production company looking for a young, fresh and innovative musical theatre script to develop and produce.
“Our initial project will be arts council funded and will be produced to the highest level possible, allowing your work to be showcased to audiences and industry professionals alike.
Our production company’s ethos is to showcase the best of young, emerging musical theatre talent from book and score writers through to the cast and creative team. We aim for each project to be an outstanding platform for individuals involved to launch their professional careers from. Each production will be meticulously planned with a venue carefully chosen to suit the style of work. A guerrilla marketing plan will be implemented for the production in order to gain as much public and media attention as possible. We really want to highlight the quality of theatre that can be produced outside of major scale West End productions.
We are looking for a script that would suit a West End or Broadway style but still pushes the boundaries of musical theatre to be fresh and innovative. We are looking for a passionate and dedicated writer or writing team who are happy to take part in the creative decisions of the production but are also excited by the opportunity for potential directors, choreographers and musical directors to bring their project to life and incorporate their own creative ideas into the work.
We encourage submissions from new or experienced writers who feel they are at the stage for their work to be produced by a professional cast and creative team.  We are happy for completed or part completed projects to be submitted for consideration but the successful musical must have a completed draft of the entire work ready by September 30th 2017 in order to adhere to our proposed timeline.”
What to submit: please submit the following for the producers to consider:
  • Short biography of the writer or writing team detailing previous study, experience and experience of their work being produced
  • Plot summary of proposed works
  • Script excerpts of at least two scenes
  • Scores for at least two contrasting songs
“Please feel free to submit any additional material you have available for consideration (eg. recordings). Please note we are more interested in innovate and exciting ideas even if they are still being written and worked on rather than completed works that are not as exciting!”
This is a paid opportunity with no entry fee required.
How to apply: please submit completed applications or any queries to michael@royaleproductions.co.uk
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Source: direct contact

Previously… Scotland’s History Festival: seed commission for new history plays

Previously… Scotland’s History Festival is launching a seed fund for the development of new history plays.
They are currently accepting pitches and writing samples from any playwright with an interest in Scottish history. The selected writer will be announced at their public launch in November 2017 and will receive a cash grant as well as research and dramaturgical support to develop a draft for a reading at their 2018 festival. 
What to submit/ How to apply: for more information, please visit the website.
 
Deadline: 31 July 2017 
Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 June 2017

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Featured posts: Behind the Scenes at LPB: An Intern’s Inside Look

London Writers’ Week

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25)

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Blog:

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Les Enfants Terribles accepting applications for The Stepladder Award 2017 – Deadline: 27 June 2017

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for carnival podcast – Deadline: 27 June 2017

Scotland On Demand seeking writers for digital broadcast – Deadline: 28 June 2017

Ismena Collective now auditioning young playwrights for exciting project – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Green Curtain Theatre accepting submissions for London Irish Play Festival 2017 – Deadline: 30 June 2017

US New Works of Merit seeks scripts of social significance ($25 fee, $300 prize/professional reading) – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017– Deadline: 30 June 2017

New Wimbledon Theatre seeking new plays for Young Actors Company – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth accepting applications for The Lab Company (18-30) – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Pint-Sized seeking 10-15 minute pieces (£75 payment for performance) – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Oxford Playhouse accepting submissions for Playhouse Playmaker attachment scheme– Deadline: 1 July 2017 at midnight

Lager Magazine (online) seeking submissions – Deadline: 1 July 2017

School For Poets seeking writers and educators (paid) – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Dionysian magazine accepting shorts from female-identifying playwrights – Deadline 1 July 2017

Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme (age 18-25, £200 bursary) – Deadline: 2 July 2017 at midnight

Play Labs at Graeae Theatre Company – Deadline: 2 July 2017

Community Theatre Group seeking creative writing workshop leader (paid, Yorkshire) – Deadline: 2 July 2017

The Salon Collective calls for playwrights to partner on ACE funding – Deadline: 2 July 2017

Poole Museum seeking writer in residence (paid) – Deadline: 3 July 2017

Reframed summer script call for short films, sketches and web series – Deadline: 4 July 2017

Verity Bargate Award 2017 – Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production – Deadline: 6 July 2017 at 5pm

Whitworth Young Contemporaries seeking artists/writers interested in South Asian Arts (paid) – Deadline: 7 July 2017

G64 Festival running ‘Truth or Dare Festival’ competitions for playwrights age 4-18 – Deadline: 10 July 2017

Dursley library and Create Gloucestershire seeking artists for Story Bus project (paid) – Deadline: 12 July 2017

Penguin Random House accepting submissions for WriteNow scheme – Deadline: 16 July 2017

Hijabi Monologues seeking true stories for performance at Bush Theatre (Muslim women writers) – Deadline: 17 July 2017 at 12 noon

Film London accepting applications for London Calling short film scheme – Deadline: 25 July 2017 at 12 noon

Second Sons seeking submissions for Play Time new writing night – Deadline: 26 July 2017 at midnight

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

National Theatre: Tony Kushner on Angels in America – 30 June 2017

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline/ sessions begin in July 2017

London Writers’ Week 2017 – starts 3 July 2017

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion  -8 July 2017 3pm-4.30pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop  -8 July 2015 5pm – 7pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers -8 July 2017 7pm-9pm

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

Second Sons seeking submissions for Play Time new writing night

The submissions window is now open for Play Time, a new writing night being held on Sunday 17th September.
“Second Sons Theatre Company are accepting submissions from UK-based writers who have bold and exciting pieces of theatre to offer. Following sold out runs at Theatre N16 and The Bunker, we are again looking for short plays, no longer than 12 minutes in length, with minimal technical requirements, for Play Time – a new writing night being held on Sunday 17th September 2017 at a central London fringe venue”.
“Second Sons is committed to producing innovative theatre. Got something a bit different? We want to read it. We look forward to reading your submissions!”
How to submit: Visit their website for more information on how to apply, or alternatively follow them on Twitter @secondsonstc.
Deadline: 26 July 2017 at midnight
Source: direct contact

Oxford Playhouse accepting submissions for Playhouse Playmaker attachment scheme

Playhouse Playmaker is a Writers Attachment Programme for new and emerging playwrights led by award-winning writer and director John Retallack.

Each year they select up to 6 writers who meet one Saturday a month, at Oxford Playhouse, between October and June. These sessions are used to work on writing techniques, with individual mentoring and feedback on scripts.

This programme is free but selective.

How to apply: application for 2017-2018 is now open – To apply for a place please send an example of your work, at least a 20 page extract or a full length play, to playmaker@oxfordplayhouse.com.  You do not need to have had your worked staged or published.

Deadline: Saturday 1 July 2017 at midnight 

Source: direct contact

The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production

The BRIT School are currently looking for a playwright for their graduate theatre company The Bridge to write their 2017/18 production.

The project: The Bridge Company is a training initiative run by the BRIT School’s Theatre department on a professional theatre model. Student’s work towards a qualification in arts management and the vehicle by which they develop these skills is through the production of a play written for them by a professional playwright and directed by a professional director. The project is supported with a grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

The playwright will initially work with the company and the director 1 day a week to workshop the development of ideas. There will be 14 students on the course and the final piece will be 70 mins in length. The piece will have a run in London of up to 3 weeks.

What they are looking for:  a writer who has had experience of writing a piece in response to a workshop process and also has experience of working with young people or training actors.

Fee: Inline with ITC recommendations for a 70 minute play

Time frame: 

  • Sept 2017 – Jan 2018 Workshop/play development 1 day a week
  • Feb  – April 2018 Play development/rehearsal 1 day a week
  • May – July 2018 Intensive rehearsals and performances.

How to apply: Please apply with a cover letter, CV and a short sample of your writing to Simon Stephens, Director of Theatre at: sstephen@brit.croydon.sch.uk

Deadline: 6 July at 5pm

Source: Arts Jobs