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Underexposed Writing Festival seeking submissions

Following a sellout run at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Spring 2016, UnderExposed is making its second outing.

This production will run for four nights at The Old Red Lion Theatre in London in April, followed by one night at The Southwark Playhouse in July, and will be a series of short plays that challenge under-exposed stereotypes. These could be stereotypes that exist on quite a large scale but tend to fall in to the periphery of what is topical or commonly explored. Or, they could be more marginal, and even absurd, as long as it resonates with you and you can make a case for it being relatable to audiences.

Pieces can be anything from 10 to 15 minutes, should have simple set requirements and include 1 to 4 characters.

The pieces may be extracts from a full length play, provided they make sense as stand-alone pieces.

How to apply: Please send submissions to underexposedtheatre@gmail.com

Deadline: 10 February 2018 

Source: UNDEREXPOSED

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Brave New World seeking shorts on theme of Utopia//Dystopia

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: Brave New World seeking shorts on theme of Utopia//Dystopia

Description:  Brave New Word are looking for new writing on the theme of UTOPIA//DYSTOPIA: visions of a not so distant future. They would love to see this interpreted and reimagined in as many ways as possible, but please be aware that they will not be accepting entries for this event on any other theme.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity to experiment with a particular theme or look to writing something out of your comfort zone.

A range of artists can apply as pieces can be of any form, including drama, poetry and prose. (They will accept mp3 files as submissions.)

They are looking to pick a small number of submissions to produce, so if this sounds like to opportunity for you, you have until 14 January 2018 to apply.

Read full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image Credit: Brave New World

Theatre Centre open call-out to playwrights: The Brian Way Award

Theatre Centre have launched their first open call to playwrights for their annual commission: The Brain Way Award.

Named in memory of their founder Brian Way who established Theatre Centre in 1953, The Brian Way Award welcomes expressions of interest on the theme of ‘Treaty’ from professional UK-based playwrights.

One winner will be selected for a full commission, consisting of a 16 month script writing and development process and culminating in a national tour of secondary schools and arts venues in 2019.

What they’re looking for: 

  • An ambitious, visionary and diverse playwright
  • Writers who can demonstrate interest in creating work for young people (no experience of writing theatre for young audiences is required)
  • Proven track record of professional experience
  • Ability to deliver a full length script within 16 months (commissioned in April 2018, show to tour Sept – Nov 2019)
  • Inventive interpretations on the theme of ‘Treaty’
  • Local stories set against a global landscape
  • Plays that make meaning of the contemporary world and interrogate the future of our country
  • 60 minute plays with casts no bigger than 4 actors
  • Plays suitable for a secondary school audience (ages 13 – 18)
  • Plays that can be toured to both venues and educational settings

How to apply:  To apply, send the following to admin@theatre-centre.co.uk

  • An expression of interest exploring why your writing would excite and benefit the TYA sector (no more than 300 words)
  • A Writer’s CV
  • A Treatment on the theme of Treaty (no more than 2 pages long)
  • 10 pages of an existing script that best showcases your talent (does not need to be a play for young people)
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (which can be found here)

Deadline: 16 February 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

Young Harts Writing Festival 2018

Harts Theatre Company in partnership with Lyric Hammersmith presents the Young Harts Writing Festival 2018.

Young Harts Writing Festival is an inter-borough new writing festival, which merges the gap between emerging young artists and professionals. Through an online competition, six plays from emerging young writers will be chosen. They receive a £100 commission and a free writing master class with Inua Ellams, as well as another month to complete their plays. Each young writer will be partnered with a professional writer as a mentor.

The theme is Home, and they are particularly interested in ethnically diverse writers. The opportunity is open to those between 11-25 year-olds.

What they’re looking for:

  • Your play must be NO MORE than 10 minutes in length.
  • They will be choosing 6 (including one special commendation piece) original plays from outstanding writers aged 11-25 who have a story that relates to the theme.
  • They are looking for writers with a unique and distinctive voice. There is no skills remit, or level of experience you need to have. They want to hear from everyone who has a story to tell.
  • If selected, your piece will be performed as part of the festival on 6th or 7th April 2018 at Lyric Hammersmith.
  • Your play should only feature between 2 and 5 characters. They will not accept monologues
  • The festival is aimed at mixed age audiences. Therefore they ask that pieces do not contain excessive use of swear words or depictions of sex and violence.

How to apply: To apply, you must download an application form which can be found here, and email this along with your play to submissions@hartstheatrecompany.co.uk with the subject line ‘Young Harts Fest 2018’ and your name.

Deadline: 16 February 2018 at 5pm 

Source: Word of mouth

University Women in the Arts: FREE EVENT FOR WOMEN WANTING TO WORK IN FILM

University Women in the Arts, the one off mentoring scheme to help improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced its next event.

The event, the tenth in the series of fifteen events, will take place on January 9 at 6pm with Caroline Cooper Charles, former Head of Film at Creative England and film producer.

Caroline Cooper Charles will talk about her own experience in film and offer advice for women wanting to work in film.

Caroline’s experience includes as a film producer, mentor to screenwriters, CEO of Universal Spirits, Head of Creative Development at Warp X and Head of Film of Creative England, the major film body which accelerates talent and ideas across tech, games, film and TV.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “We are delighted to be working with Caroline on our next event. Recent figures show more women study film but less women work in film as directors, writers and in other roles. We hope Caroline will share her own experience and advice from her career as well as offering advice for women wanting to work in film as producers, writers, directors, actors and other roles.”

Recent studies include the BFI Filmography project, which showed the percentage of women in film in some roles has remained unchanged since the birth of the film industry.

Event dates/Location: Tue 9 January 2018 – 18:00 – 19:00 GMT

Jerwood Space

171 Union Street

London

SE1 0LN

How to book: To book free tickets to the event please go to: https://universitywomeninthearts-carolinecoopercharles.eventbrite.co.uk

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 5 January 2018

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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:

Introducing My WrAP Diary!

Six Playwrights On What Theatre Should Look Like in 2018

Write A Play with us this January with #WrAP initiative!

How to reinvent a classic play while telling your own story

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short plays

Pursued By A Bear: “I’m trying to write my biog and it sucks”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe – Deadline: 5 January 2018

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid) – Deadline; 7 January 2018

Anima Theatre accepting submissions for Place to Be at the Rosemary Branch – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors – Deadline: 7 January 2018

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film – Deadline: 8 January 2018

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

National Theatre Wales seek emerging artists for new initiative: ‘Creative Development’ – Deadline: 12 January 2018

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays – 12 January 2018

Mark Savage Theatre Company seeking an unproduced play for fringe theatre production – 14 January 2018

Brave New World seeking shorts on theme of UTOPIA//DYSTOPIA – 14 January 2018

Flux Theatre seeking writers for EMERGE 3 – Deadline: 14 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 January 2018

Blindspot Theatre seeking submssions for Coventry Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 January 2018

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018 18 January 2018

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny – Deadline: 18 January 2018

The Space Theatre Open Call for Submissions – 19 January 2018

Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018 – Deadline: 19 January 2018

Deadman New Writing seeking shorts for Birmingham production – Deadline: 19 January 2018

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short play– Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

One Eyed Dog Films open submission window – 28 February 2018

Events and workshops:

University Women in the Arts: Free Event for Women Wanting to Work in Film – 9 January 2018

Write A Play (#WrAP2018) Online Writing Workshop – 1-31 January 2018

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

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2018

‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ workshop at the Hampstead – 17 February 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– 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

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)

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme

Manhattan Repertory Theatre has a Theatre play production programme in which they are seeking to help self-producing showcase work in New York City.

In their words: “Last March, we started our Play Production Program, where self – producing Playwright/Producers come to us with plays that they would like to self-produce in New York City, and would prefer not to do the work. So for a Production fee, we bring 10 minute plays, short plays and full-length plays to life at our theatre for 2 to 12 performances. Since March we have produced over 25 plays from playwrights across the United States and one play from a playwright in Moscow.

We are making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal production fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep. We will supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we will bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, and more to come and see it. And it won’t cost an arm and a leg!”

For a 10 minute play with 2 to 3 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $695.00  (Aprox. £515)
 
For a 11 – 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters:
 
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $895.00  (Aprox. £663)
 
For a 20 – 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters:
 
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $1195.00   (Aprox. £885)
 
For a Full – Length play with up to 6 characters:
 
Fee based on the play and production requirements.  Your show will go up alone in its own time slot for anywhere from 3 to 12 performances depending upon what you want.
 
Production Fee for full-length plays range about $4000.00 and up (£2960 and up) depending upon the play length, and the requirements for your production, (set, costumes, etc,) and how many performances you wish to have. 

How to apply/What to submit: 

If you are interested in this program, please email your submission to:
 
 
Please include the complete play as a .pdf,
 
a synopsis of the play,
 
the aprox. running time,
 
set and lighting requirements,
 
your contact email address,
 
your mailing address,
 
and your contact phone number.
 
Please put “Play Production Program” in the subject heading.

Deadline: Open 

Source: Direct Contact

The Space Theatre Open Call for Submissions

The Space Theatre have announced an open call for submissions for their upcoming Summer Season (May-August 2018).

They are looking for new artists and playwrights. They are interested in all kinds of theatre and will be looking to programme 1, 2 and 3 week runs.

How to apply: To apply, you must fill out a proposal form, which can be found here, to adam@space.org.uk

Deadline: 19 January 2018 at 5pm

Source: Direct Contact

Brave New World seeking shorts on theme of UTOPIA//DYSTOPIA

Brave New Word provides a platform and community for writers,
actors and directors to showcase, discuss and experiment with
new work. They are especially inclusive of work which has urgency or importance, works outside traditional parameters, and takes
risks.They also particularly encourage first-time writers.

They’re looking for new writing on the theme of UTOPIA//DYSTOPIA: visions of a not so distant future. They would love to see this interpreted and reimagined in as many ways as possible, but please be aware that they will not be accepting entries for this event on any other theme.

Pieces must be 5 minutes in length and can be of any form, including drama, poetry and prose. (They will accept mp3 files as submissions.)

They would also like to state that they we will only be selecting a small number of pieces for this event, so if yours is not chosen this time, do not be discouraged from submitting work to them in the future.

How to apply: Send all submissions to bravenewwordfest@gmail.com in either Word
or PDF format as an email attachment.

Deadline: 14 January 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short plays

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: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short plays

Description: The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its seventeenth year.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2018 Trail. Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

What’s so great about it? 

Arundel festival performs at the end of August over a period of eight days. Each night a short play with be performed at one of  eight different venues all over Arundel.

This is a fantastic opportunity for eight different playwrights, regardless of their experience, to have a play produced and work with Arundel’s creative team.

The spectrum of venues also means the possibility of reaching out to audience’s that may not have been previously on your radar.

So, if you’ve got a short play that you feel is perfect for the festival circuit, this may be a great start to take it off the ground. Successful playwrights will also receive a £150  writers fee.

The deadline to apply is 31 January 2018. (All applications must be send via post rather than email.)

Read full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image Credit: Drip Action