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Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Alphabetti Theatre is offering three opportunities with rolling deadlines.

Alphabetti create, produce and programme original work across the performing arts. They have been running venues and developing writers since 2012. They are moving to a new long-term home in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2017 – a space to experiment, evolve and discover excellence.

Opportunity 1 – Alphabetti WriteBack

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Do you have an idea for a new short play that can be produced with no more than two actors, and minimal set? Then you could be part of Alphabetti Theatre’s regular script-in-hand performance night – WriteBack.

WriteBack is an opportunity for theatre writers and directors to collaborate on a new piece of theatre.

What to submit: Up to 15 pages of script for consideration. Please also include a line or two in your email about why you would like your piece to be performed at WriteBack. 

Submissions are open all year round for four WriteBack shows,  featuring five plays each.

This is how it works:

  • Submissions are read and picked by the reading team
  • Over a chat, read through and cup of tea the writers and directors form wonderful new partnerships
  • Alphabetti give these partnerships access to rehearsal space and dramaturgical support
  • The show is performed (usually to a full house)
  • All proceeds are split for a profit-share between performers, directors and writers

How to apply: Send an original short script for consideration, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

Opportunity 2 – Alphabetti Soup commissions 

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Can you create an original short play, with a compelling and entertaining story, for no more than two actors, and minimal set?

Alphabetti commission up to twelve 10-20 minute plays for their regular mixed arts variety night – Alphabetti Soup. This runs almost every month, so they consider writers and scripts all year round. 

You will receive dramaturgical support, a full professional production and a showcase of your work. 

What to submit/how to apply: Send an original short script, or an example of your work with a proposal for a new 15min play, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

Opportunity 3 – Alphabetti Write Longer

Are you a writer who wants to make theatre that is accessible and relatable? Do you have a one act play with a strong story, small cast and that can work in a studio production? Are you writing one now? Is it just begging to be seen by an audience?

Write Longer is a development opportunity for emerging and established writers. Alphabetti Theatre take three or four writers a year, help them develop their scripts, provide a company of directors, rehearsal space and dramaturgical support.

They then show the play for one night, followed by a Q&A feedback session to help with future development.

What to submit/How to apply: send your completed one act play (maximum 75minutes), or your work in progress and an outline of the finished play, to literary manager, Ben Dickenson:

To find out more about Alphabetti visit, or

Deadlines: rolling

Source: BBC Writers Room

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub

Threadbare Theatre is launching its playwriting competition and is looking for a play set in a pub.

Threadbare says: “We love working on new writing and on plays that fit our space perfectly.

“We are now launching a playwriting competition to find a brand new play that we will stage in the upstairs bar of The Crown Inn, Oxted.

“We are accepting scripts for production in our Autumn 2017/2018 season on the theme “The local”.

“The play will be performed in the upstairs bar of the pub and so must not have a large, complicated set (other than the bar itself which can be used within the performance).”

Eligibility:  The competition is open to anyone.

What to submit:

  • Scripts from 30 mins–2 hours. Threadbare says if they find 2 good shorter plays they will combine them into one evening’s entertainment
  • A brief synopsis
  • A short insight into your inspiration. Where did your idea come from?
  • At least one scene (we will accept full or partially complete scripts)
  • Character/Casting breakdown – Maximum 3 actors

How to apply: please email scripts to

Deadline: 16 June 2017

Source: @Playwriting_UK    

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize)

The Leytonstone Itch are looking for writers (ideally from East London) to get involved in its upcoming summer event – the East Not East Festival,  on 15 July in Wanstead Park

LI says: “We will be managing our own tent and we’re looking forward to scratching our biggest ever Itch.

“The Itch would be nothing without the incredible work writers have generously submitted to be experimented with, discussed and enjoyed.

“Our ‘Blindly Cast Readings’ are the highlight of our evenings and we would like to take them further at our summer festival.

“We are looking to commission one writer to create a 5-10 minute piece specifically for the event. The stimulus is: Don’t Give Up Your Day Job! Is Art Really Necessary?”

What to submit: LI says: “Just send us a short outline (up to 200 words) of the sort of play you might write and why. We will then select one of these applications and give you til the end of June to write the full piece. We will handpick our best readers, and give them a day’s rehearsal before performing and filming the play at East Not East. Our chosen writer will also receive a £50 donation as a thank-you for the piece.”

How to apply:  Via:

Deadline: None specified but the performance takes place on 15 July 2017

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook

Itch and scratch seeks submissions for audio plays project

Itch and Scratch are now open for submissions for its Audio Plays project. They want 15 minute plays with no more than 3 actors on any themes (one submission per writer, UK writers only).

Itch and Scratch says: “Over the next few months, we’re looking to produce 3 short audio plays, and are now open for submissions. We’re hoping that, with this new project, we can expand our reach out of London, so that interested parties nationwide – hey, maybe even worldwide – can enjoy the best new writing. It also gives these plays a chance to live for a little longer. Indefinitely, in fact. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience great new writing, regardless of location.”

How to apply: Send scripts to

Deadline 8 May 2017

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot

Comedians Theatre Company are calling for new 20 minute Duologues for a new show, 6x6x6, on the themes ‘Together and Asunder’.This is for an Edinburgh slot, 4.20pm in Ten Dome.

They say: “We’ll consider different styles….in the past we’ve found that dark comedy drama works well (neither sitcom nor stand up please).”

What to submit/How to apply: Send scripts to (and feel free to email with queries)

Deadline: 26 May 2017

Source UK Playwriting Facebook

Play submissions helper: 39 May deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in April  2017.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: Various throughout April

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 14 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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Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

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

Opportunities with deadlines:

Put on a show in a night with Stitchin’ Fiction – Deadline: Saturday 13 April at noon

BrightLights Theatre seeks new writing for development – Deadline: None specified but recent posting

KDC Theatre shorts on ‘what keeps me awake’ for production – Deadline: 17 April 2017

BBC window for comedy scripts open from 17 April-15 May 2017

Blue Elephant Theatre seeks shorts for Trunkated scratch night Deadline: none specified but show is on 19 April

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

Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre – Deadline: Monday 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

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

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

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room – Deadline: 19 May 2017 at 9pm

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

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

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

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

Be inspired by music and write a movie in ten weeks with Screen Arts Institute (Fee: £1,496)

Write a movie in ten weeks flat with the The Screen Arts Institute Knock it Out course on Monday evenings 7-10pm at the BFI Southbank, London, from 8 May-10 July 2017.

The SAI says the story development & speed writing course is
inspired by “whatever music does it for you; Stormzy, Jamie XX, Gabriel Yared, Allan Rayman, Raleigh Ritchie, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros… whatever works. Screen stories are fed by one great drug…. music.

“Knock it out  is a series of evening sessions, mainlining music to 
 structure , inspire and blast out a movie story. Join a dozen other talented filmmakers and ‘rave’ write. Let your muse do the walking.”

The sessions will be run by the director of the Screen Arts Institute, Stephen May, with contributions from other SAI mentors and alums.

What you get:

  • Example session: 1 hour “scales & arpeggios” structure work, 30 min speed writing to music (or silence),1 hour follow-up workshop,15 min – “rave” writing, 15 min cool down.
  • Industry networking with invited producers & alums.
  • “Homework” & further writing exercises and deadlines.
  • Access to The Screen Arts Institute online resources
  • small-group (max 3 filmmakers) mentor feedback three times during the programme and at the conclusion.

 Fees: The  programme costs £1,496. Fees are paid by direct debit over 3 months (+ £374 deposit in advance)

What to submit/How to apply: Places are limited to 12, max. Apply ASAP – first come, first served.

Email to:

  • A one-pager of a feature idea
  • A CV of education and professional experience
  • a sample of screenwriting and/or links to completed films written or directed

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 (shortlisted applicants will be interviewed)

Source: Direct contact

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme (£5 entry fee, £300 prize)

Player-Playwrights, London’s weekly forum for new stage writing, is holding an open competition for new short plays on the theme of ‘Them and Us’ for playwrights in London, Greater London or the Home Counties

The finals of the competition will be held at the Player-Playwrights venue, upstairs at the North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road NW6 7QB on 10 July 2017, when each of the short-lied plays will receive a professional reading assessed by Steve Harper, literary manager of Theatre 503, and judged by members.

Player-Playwrights says: “Player-Playwrights is a long-established group of professional writers and actors which meets every Monday in London to read and discuss new work for stage and other media. Our presidents are Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who began their scriptwriting careers as members in the 1970s.

“Many of our writers have gone on to see their work produced in the UK and elsewhere. We read more than 30 plays a year and are always looking for ambitious new talent.

“If you want to know more, come along to one of our weekly readings at the North London Tavern (£2.50 if you join; £4 for guests) and discover how we provide a unique platform for writers to receive feedback on their scripts.”

What you get:

There will be a first prize of £300 and £200 for the runner up, £50 for the youngest of the other finalists and £50 each for best actors (male and female).


  •  There is an entry fee of £5 per script. Cheques made payable to Player Playwrights may be sent to: Kevin Mandry at 9 Cherry Tree Court, Dee Rd, Richmond TW9 2JWFor instructions on how to pay electronically, please contact Kevin on 
  •  Applicants must live within the area defined by Greater London and the Home Counties (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex)
  • Shortlisted writers will be required to become members of the Player-Playwrights group for their plays to be performed at the final, if not members already, and shall cast their plays from Player-Playwrights actor membership. Advice and assistance will be provided by the casting secretary at with a view to organising a  rehearsal before the reading.

What to submit: 

  • Each entry must be given its own title and should have a running time of about 15 minutes: anything over 20 minutes or under 10 minutes will be disqualified  
  • The play may be set in any place and any time and in any genre
  •  For more information and to read the full competition rules, visit

How to apply:

Scripts must be submitted anonymously so please remove your name from all pages, including the front page, and include your name and all personal contact details in an accompanying email. Scripts must be sent by email to 

Deadline: Monday 29 May 2017 at 10am

Source: Direct contact

Skint Theatre Festival’s Stranger Tales for Bank Holiday weekend

SKINT Theatre Festival, which called out for scripts on LPB for its Stranger Tales festival, has announced the details.

SKINT returns to Bristol for 3 days this April 28-30 2017 and is inviting you to join them under The Island for what it says is a Bank Holiday weekend of micro-theatre madness.

Skint says: “We’ve filled our jail-cells full with 10 of the UK’s most talented emergent performers who’ll be bringing you bite-sized (15min) Stranger Tales – eccentric stories of the odd, uncanny and surreal!

Sample our menu of strange & astonishing shows. Visit our bustling jailhouse bar, serving locally brewed ales and delicious cocktails. Relax in our beautiful open-air courtyard, featuring games and music throughout the night.”

Tickets for performances are £4. No need to book – tickets are available on the day. For more see here

Source: Direct contact