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Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 21 April 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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**Last few places remaining**Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom COMEDY script room 2017 open for submissions

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “What writing tools does a savvy London playwright need?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Dreamfusion seeking experienced screenwriter for feature (paid) – Deadline: 21 April 2017

Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre – Deadline: 24 April 2017 at 12 noon

Fizzy Sherbet open for submissions for plays by women writers – Deadline: 25 April 2017

Ruislip Dramatic Society call out for shorts for Scratch Night – Deadline: Friday 28th April 2017 at 5pm

Bread & Roses Theatre seeks submissions for The Platform scratch night – Deadline:  28th April 2017 at midnight

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000) -Deadline:  28 April 2017 at 10am

Change of Art festival celebrates life of Jo Cox, MP – Deadline:  Friday 28 April at 11.59pm

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: Until 30 April 2017

Geoffrey Whitworth trophy for one-act festival play Deadline: 30 April 2017

Soundwork audio play competition: winner will have play recorded and posted on website Deadline 30 April 2017

Avenue Theatre Company call out for Seven Deadly Sins monologues from young writers  – Deadline: 1 May 2017

Second Sons call out for Play Time Festival – Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017

Short Film Fund seeks scripts for £5,000 plus budget film – Deadline: 2 May 2017

Class Dismissed Sketch Writing Initiative with CCBC and BBC Writersroom – Deadline: 5 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge for Schools – Deadline: 7 May 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute plays for Southwark Playhouse  – Deadline: 8 May 2017 at midnight

Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 8 May 2017

ArtsEd drama school call out for scripts for Original Screenplay Project – Deadline: Friday 12 May 2017

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 15 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room –  – Deadline: 19 May 2017

Search for Papatango resident playwright begins (paid post) – Deadline:  22 May-1 June.

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme – Deadline Monday 29 May 2017

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31May 2017

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

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

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

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

Events and workshops:

Verity Bargate Award workshops – London workshops from 15 April 15-15 June 2017. Others around the country from Tue 18 April

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme – From 1 March-24 May 2017

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available) -Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Chipping Norton Literary Festival playwriting workshop with Clare Bayley (£18) – 29 April 2017

Skint Theatre Festival’s Stranger Tales for Bank Holiday weekend – April 28-30 2017

UEA offers online introduction to screenwriting course (£0-49) from 8 May 2017

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia – Starts 8 May 2017

Jennifer Farmer’s Playwriting course  at the Bishopsgate Institute from Monday 08 May-Monday 19 June

Free tickets to book launch/showcase of Student Guide to Writing competition winners– Bush Theatre on 9 May 2017 at 2pm.

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews) Saturday 13 May, Saturday 27 May (10am-5pm)

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle meeting –  22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi at Bread and Roses   –   Friday 16 June 2017(10-6pm)

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:

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

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: none posted


RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

Chipping Norton Literary Festival playwriting workshop with Clare Bayley

A workshop for playwrights – whether you are starting out or experienced but wanting fresh stimulus and provocations, this workshop led by award-winning playwright Clare Bayley is run by the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Date: 29 April 2017

Cost: £18

How to apply:  online

Deadline: none specified, but the workshop takes place on 29 April 2017

Source: direct contact

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available)


A ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. With focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing and opportunities for discussion shared group critiques.

Andrew is a critically acclaimed writer for stage and screen with works including THE SESSION (Mothertongue/Soho Theatre) and GOLD DUST (Deafinitely Theatre/Soho Theatre) and the short film A FAMILY MAN. He was the Literary Associate for Deafinitely Theatre for whom he adapted LOVE’S LABOURS LOST at Shakespeare’s Globe. His short radio play THE PERFECT NON STARTER was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb in 2014.

How to apply: places available by application form, which can be found here

Course details:

  • 10 week course
  • Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • £400/£350 (burs available)
  • Location: Clore Learning Centre

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 25th April, 5pm

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for 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: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

Description: BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open and this time, they are accepting comedy scripts. They are asking writers to submit their scripts, specifying which consecutive 10 pages they would like to be read first.

What’s so great about it? Writersroom use their twice yearly script rooms to identify writers for development – and they are renown for supporting and developing the selected writers. This time, writers get to choose the 10 pages they’d like to be read first – so you can really show off your best work (although, you do need to submit a script of at least 30 pages)!

Better still, they are accepting scripts for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online  – just as long as it’s a comedy. They have plenty of guidelines on their website to show you what they’re looking for. One tip – don’t leave it until the last minute to apply, as you’ll need to set up an online account with the BBC’s e-submission service and answer a few application questions before you submit (and they are very firm about not accepting late applications!). You’ve got around a month until the deadline on 15th May at 5pm.

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 BBC Writersroom

Dreamfusion seeking experienced screenwriter for feature (paid)

Experienced screenwriter wanted for feature film script development

Dreamfusion production company is seeking a screenwriter with writing credits on at least one released feature and/or writer credits for a televised drama, to develop an existing treatment into a screenplay for a feature-length film.

They  are planning a feature film drama to be shot in the Midlands featuring themes of disability, sport, family challenges and overcoming adversity. Based on real-life events, it is of the utmost importance that the screenwriter can honour the amazing people behind their moving and inspiring story, while also injecting humour and bringing every one of the characters to life.Due to the nature of the story, it will be necessary for the chosen screenwriter to carry out in-depth research on the subject matter during development of the screenplay. A considerable amount of research and interview material has already been gathered to support this process.

“The proposed length of project engagement will be April 2017 to August 2018 and we will require a first draft of the screenplay within six months of the commission being awarded. The estimated shoot date will be August 2018. This is a paid commission in accordance with Writers’ Guild fee guidelines.

At this time, we would like to receive expressions of interest from screenwriters who have written at least one feature-length screenplay for a produced and screened feature film or equivalent length TV drama. Film work should have had theatrical or other release or have been shown at a major film festival.”

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

How to  apply: please submit a one-page cover letter, samples of your film script work, together with your CV resumé and industry references via external links to Dropbox or other file sharing platforms, together with links to your work on IMDB or other online sites.

Deadline: 21 April 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk.The  University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing.

You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. You will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

How to apply: This free online course starts on 8 May 2017. Register now on the FutureLearn website.

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking submissions for scratch night

Aberdeen Performing Arts is seeking script submissions for their next Scratch Night on 24 May 2017. The theme is ‘revolution’.

They would like to hear your new work around revolution, revolt, uprising and breaking free.

Scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes long and written for between one and three characters. Chosen scripts will be rehearsed in the day and performed on the evening of the 24th May at The Lemon Tree

For more information visit their webpage, or to submit a script, contact

Submission Deadline: 5pm, 8th May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Class Dismissed Sketch Writing Initiative with CCBC and BBC Writersroom

CBBC and BBC Writersroom are joining forces in a talent search to find new sketch writers.  If you can write funny for young fans of comedy, tap in to the unique world of Class Dismissed and capture the tone of the show then they want to hear from you.

Class Dismissed is entering its third series after much success last year. Series 1 was nominated for an RTS Award for Best Comedy, whilst series 2 was the top performing title on the channel in its first week of transmission, with every episode rating in the top 40 most watched shows on iplayer. The challenge is now to build on our success and make series 3 even funnier!”

This is a unique and fun opportunity to get your writing noticed.

Write it, send it in and your sketch could land on the desk of the Class Dismissed Creative team. There is no guarantee of selection but, if chosen, your sketch may even feature in future episodes of CBBC’s sketch show Class Dismissed.

So if you’re a comedy writer looking to get noticed by Comedy Producers then this may be the initiative for you.

What to Submit:

The challenge is to write a comedy sketch for any one of the following characters:  Mr Capp, Mr Schofield, Mrs Tucker, Tammy and a brand new character. Be sure to target your sketch at the CBBC audience aged 6-12 years.

“You will need to send us up to two sketches in total (so two sketches for one character or one sketch each for two characters) that are each between 1-1.5 minutes long. The work you submit must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced on any platform including TV, online or radio. “

Judges will include: Chantal Delaney (Series Producer, Class Dismissed), Helen Burt (Assistant Producer, Class Dismissed) and Justine Potter (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom).

How to apply: via BBC Writersroom

Deadline: 5 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 17thApril 2017 and 5pm on Monday 15th May 2017 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

“This year we are asking writers to tell us which 10 consecutive pages of their script to read first. Which 10 pages do you think make your characters really shine, that will grab us, make us laugh and want to read more?”

In their words:

  • Please mark clearly on your cover page which 10 consecutive pages you would like us to read first.
  • If you need to put them into context with a line or two on the cover page then please do.
  • If you progress to the full script stage we will of course be reading it from start to finish.

How to submit: you can find all the guidelines as well as details on submitting via the BBC’s e-submissions system here.

Writers will be asked to submit: 

  • 1 comedy script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online*
  • Details on your cover page of which 10 pages to read first. Add context if you need to.
  • A brief biography of your writing to date (up to 1 paragraph) to be included on your profile
  • If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.  This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script

Your script should be a saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size.

All scripts will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until after full-read stage. Please remember to remove your name and contact details from your script.

*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.

Deadline: 15 May 2017 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writers room

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40)


Sterts Theatre are looking for an original 25-35 minute one act play for up to four adult actors to be performed in a studio space  for their 2017 playwriting competition. Plays can be on any theme.
Prizes: £100 first prize and your play performed in Sterts studio. Two runners up will each receive a £40 prize and have a staged reading of their play in Sterts studio. There is an extra prize of £40 awarded for a play, in English, on a Cornish theme.
Eligibility: You must be over 18. Your play must be previously unpublished and unperformed. It must not have been placed in the top three of any other competition. Please check their website for full rules, submission details and entry form.
Entry fee: £7 per script

Closing date: 31st July 2017

Source: direct contact