A Call to Arms for our scribing sisters!
“The 14th of December this year will mark 100 years since the first woman in the UK cast a vote. The first time a woman had a say in who would make the decisions that affected her. It would take another ten years for all women to be granted that right, but still, it was a momentous occasion worth celebrating, don’t you agree?
Earlier this year we formed a female creative collective to develop a piece ofwork to commemorate this centenary, and as a response to #MeTooand the Time’s Up movement. On the 14th of December 2018, at Above the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square we will be celebrating this groundbreaking event with an evening of pieces, produced, directed, written, and performed by women.
What they are looking for: they are still looking for some additional writing for our show andwould love submissions of monologues, duologues, songs, or spoken word which hold up a mirror to contemporary female experience, or are inspired by or based on the achievements of extraordinary women, or the gagged, mute, invisible and hidden; those who have been airbrushed from history.
With that said they would really like a selection of pieces which not only examine oppression but are celebratory, that are bold and unapologetic or posit an alternative way of being; an opportunity to re-write the narrative.
Each piece should be no longer than 10 minutes. At this stage in proceedings, what they can offer with regards to remuneration in that the profits from the show will be equally divided amongst those taking part. There is no entry fee.
”It is our intention for this to be the inaugural event to launch an ongoing, collaborative group of creators who get together on a monthly basis to discuss issues and stories, current and historical, that matter to women, and will inspire and inform our future work as individuals and as a collective. We want to keep the conversation alive, and to make our contribution towards the issue of gender equality as well as give opportunity to women in our industry who are still woefully underrepresented. As Emmeline Pankhurst said, ‘You have to make more noise than anybody else…you have to be there all time’!”
How to apply: please email your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline :21 October 2018 at 4pm
Source: direct contact
Dorset Library Service, in partnership with The Arts Development Company is delivering a new programme of arts development in two Dorset libraries. The programme is called Libraries as Cultural Hubs and has received funding from Arts Council England and The National Lottery. We are seeking experienced and socially engaged professional writers who can offer exciting and inclusive residencies. Applications are welcomed from one or more areas of creative writing, for example poetry, script-writing, fiction etc. and from writers at different stages of their careers.
There are two separate residency opportunities:
Gillingham Library Residency (January – March 2019)
- Location: Gillingham Library, Dorset
- Target Audience: Adults.
Weymouth Library Residency (January – March 2019)
- Location: Weymouth Library, Dorset
- Target Audience: Adults
Responses for both residencies should include participatory sessions/workshops, and may include some outreach to existing community groups (e.g. local schools, residential homes etc). They seek proposals that take an inclusive approach to ensure participatory sessions can welcome anyone regardless of their abilities.
The total fee available for each individual residency is £3000, to include travel and materials.
How to apply: the full brief for both residencies and details of how to apply are available on request from Hannah Baker: email@example.com
Deadline: 26 October 2018
Source: Arts Council Jobs Page
After the successful run of “Shorts @ the Canal” back in May and with “The Twilight Hour” currently in production, Canal Shorts are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than
20-minute, to be performed at the award-winning Canal CafeTheatre, a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.
How it works:
A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will beassigned to an emerging director. Play will then be rehearsed and then
staged for 2/3 nights. Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th September.
- Open Theme
- No character limit
- Minimal set
- Up to 20-minute running time
How to apply: please send your short plays to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 6 August 2018
Source: direct contact
The salon:collective is inviting connections from playwrights who are preparing to apply for an ACE project grant and seeking a professional development partner.
What they offer:
A professional partner with experience in producing, directing and dramaturgy, to support you through your development process.
Initially, we they provide free support and mentoring to see you through the application process, with no obligation if your application is unsuccessful.
This initial support will include the development of a bespoke collaboration plan, at a reduced fee for them, which you will include in your application budget, with the discount contributing to your overall in-kind support.
Their collaboration is likely to include script development, mentoring on production processes, and support with staging a reading for feedback.
They will select a shortlist of projects that seem to be a good match for what they an offer, and will arrange to meet or Skype with those shortlisted artists for approximately half an hour in late September to exchange ideas on their project.
“We launched a similar process to Open Door last year and a rehearsed reading for our partner playwright Richard Chilver’s play Hold will be staged at Theatre 503 in November.”
LGBTQ+ and BAME applicants are encouraged to apply.
How to apply: via the link
Details of their writer development track record here
Deadline: 10 August 2018 at 11am
Source: direct contact
Just Some Theatre are looking for new play scripts. After successful Arts Council funded tours and London runs including Coward (2013) and The Doppel Gang (2015/17), they are looking for fresh projects with a view to produce in 2019.
“We focus on new writing, and strive for high production values and immersive design. We are looking for submissions with casts of 2-4, full length plays, preferably with an interval. Scripts that have already been performed on a small scale will be considered, however we are primarily interested in developing work that will be new to audiences.
We are a ‘young’ company and have 3 mid-20’s actors at the ready, but are open to casting if required. Alternatively if you have a great idea for a show, or have recently started writing an idea then please feel free to pitch this, as we are also open to working on developments”
What to submit:
1. A script/extract/concept
2. A short synopsis of the piece
3. Your CV
Please send all submissions to email@example.com with the subject header, ‘Writer Call Out’.
They read all submissions and will endeavour to reply to all applications.
Deadline: 12 June 2018
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
Cuckoo Bang have just opened their latest submissions for 10-20 min pieces or extracts (scripted, devised or anything in between!) for their new writing night BITS which is continuing at The White Bear in Kennington on July 16th and September 10th. They are also launching at new venue, Streatham Space Project on September 24th and are accepting submissions for this too.
What they are looking for:
For The White Bear shows they are looking for 10-20 minute pieces, max cast size of 4, and they attach directors and casts to the pieces where needed.
For the Streatham show, they are looking for pieces from theatre-makers / companies (max cast size of 8) with work to showcase / develop.
How to apply: for questions and submissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 June 2018 (for 16 July show at the White Bear)
18 July 2018 (for 10 September show at the White Bear)
4 July 2018 (for 24 September Streatham show)
Source: Playwriting UK
irSpace Gallery is inviting applications from writers for a creative writing commission, to create a new piece of work, on the subject of The Brownfield
There is no bar to the form of creative writing the submitted piece may take – the only stipulation is that it should be no more than 1500 words.
The commissioned work will be featured within The Brownfield Research Centre exhibition, running at AirSpace Gallery from 15th June to 22nd July, 2017. The work will also be exhibited on the Gallery’s website.
The successful applicant will receive £150 for their work.
How to apply: Applicants should submit the following in electronic form:
• A CV detailing your writing experience
• 2 samples of creative work (3 pages max each)
• An outline proposal for the commission
These should be sent to email@example.com no later than midnight, May 25th, 2018.
- The application will be considered by a panel drawn from the Gallery’s directors and Board.
- All applicants will be informed of their decision by June 1st 2018.
- ***The completed work will need to be submitted no later than June 21st, 2018***
- Please note that unfortunately, this opportunity is not open to anyone currently in full-time education.
Deadline: 25 May 2018
Source: Arts Council Jobs
Site-specific specialists SPECIFQ, along with new-writing company First Sight, will be hosting a free creative retreat at Wilton’s Music Hall.
In their words:
We are inviting a small group of writers and theatre makers who will spend the week exploring the lives and legacies of the nation-changing suffragettes held at Holloway Prison.
The retreat will run between 18-21 October and will comprise a selection of talks from expert guests (including the author of East London Suffragettes), guided discussions and writing sessions. The experts will give talks on Holloway Prison itself, on the suffragette movement and its contemporary perception, and on changing legal conditions for women’s rights over the last hundred years.
The week is scheduled as follows:
Tuesday and Wednesday – talks by experts followed by discussions and workshop-type sessions. Participants will be invited to write short responses to the material raised. These responses can take any form, from scenes or monologues to poems or even songs.
Thursday – Following off-site writing time on Thursday, an evening session will be held to workshop the responses.
Friday – Pieces will be rehearsed during the day, using a small company of actors. All the responses will then be shared at a free gathering for participants and invited audience members on the evening of Friday, 21st October.
We’d love for you to attend as much of the week as possible, but understand the pressures of a busy schedule.
All research will be freely available to all participants throughout and after the week, and writers retain ownership of any work generated.
We hope this week will inspire writers and theatre makers to create their own work influenced by the stories of these extraordinary women, and intend to persevere with this source material over the following year, hopefully moving towards a full production before Christmas 2017.
There is limited space for this week. Please send an expression of interest to Becky Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: none, but the retreat runs from 18 – 21 October 2016
Source: direct contact
Talawa have up to three script submission windows per year and the latest one has just opened. They welcome submissions from Black writers in the UK (people of African and Caribbean origin).
The script submission window is open from Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October (midnight). Please submit one electronic copy of your play either in Word or pdf format, with a covering letter.
Please note, they can only accept one script per person, per window.
The Process: They will confirm that they have received your script and it will be read by one of their team of script readers, who will report back to their Literary Associate in their Readers’ Meeting.
“You will either receive a detailed script report or, if your script is selected for further development, you will be invited to come in and meet with us.
This process takes three months.
Please note it can take slightly longer if your script has been shortlisted and recommended for a full read by our Literary Associate.
We are looking for writers and plays for Talawa Firsts and the Talawa Writers’ Programme. Your script will be considered for these opportunities and more”.
Deadline: 31 October 2016
Are you a budding theatre maker or novice in the field looking for the opportunity to develop your skills and gain experience in developing and delivering a professional theatre production?
Are you a producer/producing company? Or a writer who knows a producer and production team who you would like to work with? Do you have a new script which would benefit from space for research, development and rehearsal, feedback from industry professionals and the chance to present your work in aprofessional London theatre in front of a live audience?
If so – keep reading! The Script Accelerator Programme could be the perfect fit!
SCRIPT ACCELERATOR 2016
Script Accelerator is a yearly programme designed to support emerging practitioners.
Each year producers, or theatre companies, are invited to pitch a particular play they would like to develop – and six are selected into the programme.
Each producer is responsible for selecting their actors and director and, over four weeks, is granted slots in a number of spaces within the building in order to develop their work. The process culminates with a 20 minute showing of each piece to an audience in Park200, our larger auditorium.
Pieces are selected on the merit of the script and, vitally, on future life potential. A number have previously gone on to our Park90 stage.
Script Accelerator is led by Creative Director Melli Bond with the opportunity for feedback from Artistic Director Jez Bond. Each producer will be appointed a mentee to assist their team.
What to submit: Please visit https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/get-involved/script-accelerator and download the application guidelines for Producers and Mentees.
Deadline: The Submission Deadline for Producers is September 7th 2016. The Submission Deadline for Mentees is October 3rd 2016
Source: Direct contact.