Category Archives: Offers

David Lane’s Playpens feedback sessions – 15% off for July

Playpens is a one-to-one professional feedback service. for playwrights at any level with dramaturg, David Lane. You can now book July sessions with 15% off.

Playpens support playwrights with honest, constructive feedback from an experienced dramaturg, helping you find the time to be a working playwright. They’re 100-minute sessions that get to heart of your play, providing you with detailed questions and a clear path towards your next draft.

How to book: via the website.

Deadline: not applicable

Souce: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

BFI Southbank – Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema – 2-4-1 Ticket offer for LPB readers!

Join the BFI Southbank to  celebrate the 60th anniversary of Woodfall Films, the revolutionary company who pioneered the British New Wave, with a month-long season this April.

Highlights includes the screen adaptation of Osborne’s stage-play  Look Back in Anger with a  sensational  -almost Brando like – performance by Richard Burton. As well as lots of events and talks where we look forward to welcoming  a host of actors  – from Tom Courtney to Joely Richardson – into the BFI to explore how these  kitchen sink dramas  completely revolutionised British cinema.

Check out the trailer for the events here.

Dates: Events take place throughout April 2018

How to book: Book here

LPB readers can enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1 on these events, simply quote ‘Woodfall’ when booking

Source: Direct contact

Old Red Lion offering LPB readers discount to see DYL

The Old Red Lion is offering London Playwrights’ Blog readers the chance to get £14 tickets to see Mark Weinman’s new play DYL.
DYL is a new play that the Old Red Lion has developed in house and stands as great example of how they want to engage with new work.
To get your discounted tickets, simply use the code OILRIG when booking your tickets.
Deadline: the production runs until 3 June 2017
Source: direct contact

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands

Ugly Duck is offering cheap rehearsal space in  (or space for readings) over the next few months, in the lead up to Edinburgh Fringe.

Ugly Duck says: “Our new venue, Off Quay (located in the Docklands) has lovely rehearsal rooms up on the 8th floor with rooms starting from £15/hour. We’ve got an offer running – 20% off when you book a block of 5 days or more.We’d love to see more people using the space so do get in touch.”

For more details: email

Source: Playwriting UK/Facebook

Win tickets to TriForce’s Monologue Slam

Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines undertake a gruelling series of auditions, including a youth round for 11-16 year olds, before 20 of them are chosen to perform in front of an audience and to impress a panel of professionals who are in a position to progress their careers. MonologueSlam UK brings you the newest and most exciting talent in the UK!

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a free ticket to this event on 31st October, visit Hiive.

Deadline: 24 October 2016

Source: Hiive

Old Vic Lab offering free rehearsal space & support

Emerging artists and companies are invited to apply for up to two weeks of free rehearsal or workshop space between October 2016 – January 2017.

During the last year The Old Vic has connected with over 1,000 artists by giving 3,000 hours of free rehearsal space at The Old Vic Workrooms. They are continuing to develop this resource by launching The Old Vic Lab, offering space and support to 70 different projects throughout the next year.

What they are looking for: In their own words:

“We hope that access to The Lab will help forge interesting collaborations, pushing the boundaries of process and form. We want The Lab to generate work that resonates with contemporary society and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We are looking to develop untold stories that we don’t tend to see or hear on our stages. Priority will be given to work that goes some way in achieving these aims.

Please note we are not necessarily looking for work to programme at The Old Vic, but would like to support the development of projects that could belong elsewhere in the wider industry.

We are looking for a mixture of projects with a variety of requirements, so please try to be accurate about how much time and space you need. As with each role at The Old Vic, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled theatre makers as they are currently underrepresented in the industry.”

How to apply: Applications can be made by clicking here and completing the survey in full.

What you get: If successful, they will allocate you selected dates in one of the rehearsal spaces at The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey. The time and space will be yours to do with as you see fit and a member of The Old Vic team will be available to offer feedback and advice on future development. You will also have access to the Green Room, a relaxing breakout space and central hub for artists working in the building.

[Note: London Playwrights’ Workshop has hosted workshops here in the past – it’s a great setup!]

Application support: They will be holding a drop-in session on Wednesday 7 September, 6-8pm at The Old Vic Workrooms.

This will be a chance to talk to Old Vic staff about your idea or application and to look at the space and resources. If you are struggling with any part of the application, please come along as we will be happy to help.

In order to attend the drop-in session please sign up here.

Deadline: Monday 12 September 2016 at noon

Source: Direct contact

15 Christmas and holiday gift ideas for writers: the best presents for UK playwrights

Writers are tough to find gifts for – who can say what’s going on in our muddled heads when we’re tucked away in the corner typing out a masterpiece? With the festive season fast approaching, we wanted to share some of our favourite writing tools with you which we think make perfect presents – whether you’re buying for someone you love, treating yourself, or preparing to knuckle down with a new year’s resolution to finally crack that project you’ve been meaning to work on.

We’ve provided links to everything we’ve recommended here using the Amazon Affiliates scheme. This means that if you buy anything from this list after clicking through our links, we’ll get a small percentage of the sale to help us keep running the blog, and it won’t cost you anything extra. So if you do end up buying any of our gift ideas, we’d really appreciate it if you clicked through from here first. Thanks!

Without further ado, here are our hand-picked gifts for the London playwright:

1 – A Writer’s Book of Days

“Write every day” – never has a piece of advice been so easy to say and so hard to follow. Thankfully Judy Reeves’ book has an endless supply of encouragement, inspiration and short reflective essays to keep your imagination sharp and help you turn up to your daily appointment with the page. It has notes on everything from establishing a routine to coping with loss, how to tell the truth and how to structure a killer sentence. Among its most useful features are writing prompts for every day of the year, but really what makes this book great is Reeves’ wonderful comforting voice, which makes me feel like I can write anything. No writer should be without it. (£16.99 / £13.51 Kindle Edition)

2 – A Guide to Quiet London

As most London playwrights know, this city can be your best friend or your worst enemy. There’s nowhere quite as full of inspiration or distraction – but it’s easy to get lost in the noise. Siobhan Wall’s lovely book offers dozens of unexpected retreats from our city’s busy streets, perfect for writers looking to curl up with their notebook, read something, have a civilised conversation, or just relax and watch the world go by. (£9.98 / £6.17 Kindle edition)

3 – Final Draft Writing Software  

Our Director for LPB swears by Final Draft for writing plays and screenplays.  The wide range of templates and formatting options are a guarantee of producing a professional-looking script, and features like keystroke options, autofill character names, and scene reports can be a huge time saver during the writing process.  A bit of a splurge, but a treat well worth having! (£138.55)

4 – The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2016

A staple of every serious writer’s bookshelf, this vital book has everything you need to get a piece of writing finished, and get it noticed. Covering all disciplines of writing from playwriting to illustration, its pages are packed with essays and articles from experts, but the real meat of this book is in its list of over 4,500 industry names to help you get your work, and yourself, some attention.  They’ve also recently launched a guide targeted specifically at playwrights (Playwriting: A Writers & Artists Companion, £14.99), which could create a lovely set for an emerging writer. (£13.60 / £11.69 Kindle edition)

5 – Wearable Shakespeare (Jewellery and Cufflinks)

There’s something a bit magical about having a bit of Shakespeare at the cuffs (for the gents) or dangling above one’s décolletage (for the ladies).  Perfect for those who love timeless romance as much as they love a well-constructed piece of verse. (Cufflinks £21.99; Necklace £48)

6 – Fancy pens

No craftsman can be taken seriously without the right tools. And no writer’s toolkit is complete without a decent set of pens. It’s so easy to reach for the cheap biros collecting at the bottom of your bag, but there’s no greater delight than using a pen which makes writing feel smooth and weightless, rather than a wonky chore being superseded by the iPhone. We’re particularly partial to Cross (who has sponsored a playwriting competition in addition to making beautiful writing instruments), and you can’t go wrong with options like their Century II fountain pen (£28.60), or their classic ballpoint you can have engraved with a message of your choice. (£29.95)

7 – The Writer’s Block

We all get stuck sometimes. You can’t imagine what happens in the next scene, or a character won’t do what you tell them. But that’s okay: the Writer’s Block is here to help. Shaped like an actual block, its 672 pages are packed full of unexpected prompts, pictures, challenges and facts to kick-start your stuttering script again. Reach for the block whenever you’re stuck: flip it open to a random page and let inspiration strike. (£6.99)

8 – Fiasco: role-playing game

Writing can be a lonely business, so here’s a way to experiment with storytelling and have fun with your friends at the same time. A far cry from Dungeons & Dragons, Fiasco is a colourful role-playing game for up to 5 people which helps you plot and act out your own two-act screwball adventure in about two hours. Full of shock twists, wacky characters and peals of laughter, it’s the most sociable creative writing class you’ll ever have. (£17.86)

9- External Hard Drive

Not the sexiest gift, but vital for anyone who needs to back up their laptop. And unless you want your life’s work to be destroyed by a spilled glass of water, that’s definitely you. There are some fantastic deals out there at the moment – here’s 2 TB worth of storage for just £65 (or you can go wild with the 4 TB option if you’re feeling a little crazy). There are options for every storage size and/or budget – but please, please, whatever you use, remember to back up your work. (2TB for £65, 4TB for £129.99)

10 – Fancy notebooks

Tastes differ when it comes to notebooks: some like them flat and cheap, some leather-bound and embossed, some tiny, some huge. But the important thing is that you have one. When you have that awesome idea when you’re out on the go, you must write it down or it’ll be gone for good. So treat yourself: whether it’s a cheap and comfortable exercise book (£2.99), a lovely lined moleskine (£10.09), or something glamorous and sophisticated (£24.00), get yourself a notebook and never lose a bright idea again.

11 – The Pomodoro Technique illustrated with Pomodoro timer

You will always be busy. No matter how much you pare down your life, there will always be a panoply of worthy distractions out there competing with your writing time. So learn how to be busy. There are a host of time management techniques out there, but one I’ve found particularly useful to help me fit my writing around everything else in my life is the Pomodoro technique. Put simply, it’s a way of focusing on one task for 25 minute intervals, forcing yourself to take a short break, and repeating. The Illustrated Guide can teach you all the nuances of the technique in less than a day, and the Pomodoro timer is a kitsch accompaniment to keep track of your efforts. It’s genuinely changed how I write for the better, and I’d recommend it to anyone who struggles with feeling far too busy to write. (£13.31 / £12.64 Kindle Edition; Timer £2.95)

12 – Script Consulting

Typewriter at this awwwweome stationary shop at Brunswick
Sometimes experiences can be even more valuable than things. As you may be aware, over here at the London Playwrights’ Workshop we’ve recently introduced a Script Consulting service, which gives targeted, personalised feedback and a written report to help develop a script in progress.  If your loved one is a minimalist or could benefit from an outside eye, this could be a thoughtful way to help them get ready for the competitions opening for submissions early in 2016. (£150)

13 – Kindle or eReader 

We know to some folks this is heresy, but if you’re someone who reads loads of scripts or books, being able to store hundreds on one tiny device can save loads in printing costs and future osteopath fees (from lugging all those heavy volumes around). Plus, nightlight reading options are fantastic for those night owls – without annoying their bedtime companions. (£59.99)

14 – Noise Cancelling Headphones

For writers who don’t have the luxury of a private space to work or who just enjoy being set up in their favourite cafe with a cuppa, noise cancelling headphones (or noise isolating) headphones can be a new best friend. There are options to suit a range of budgets, from these over-ear Philips Headphones (£35), to sleek and modern in-ear buds (£99), to high-end Sennheisers that – no joke – come with a ‘smart remote’ (£250). A friend working on a PhD also raves about ear defenders – that’s right, no music, just jackhammer-grade noise protection (£5.99). One of these is bound to do the trick, and provide all the mood music (or quiet) a writer could ask for.

15 – Into The Woods by John Yorke

Structure is an ongoing challenge for most playwrights, and this book provides a fascinating grounding in how to construct a story so readers can’t turn away. Combining how-to tips with helpful examples, this title demystifies the story-making process.  This is one of those staples you’ll find yourself turning to time and again – the writer’s version of the gift that keeps on giving. (£6.99 / £5.49 Kindle edition)

Happy Holidays from London Playwrights’ Blog! Here’s to all the writing yet to come…

Win free tickets to Verity Bargate winner Vicky Jones’ play ‘The One’ at Soho Theatre

Nick Hern Books is offering a giveaway of free tickets to the Thursday 20 March matinee performance of Vicky Jones’ play ‘The One’, which won the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award in 2013.

For details of the play and how to enter, see their website:

Deadline: 4 March 2014 at noon

Source:  Nick Hern Books Newsletter