Category Archives: Education

Theatre Royal Plymouth accepting applications for The Lab Company (18-30)

The Lab Company aims to support the development of early career artists. They are looking for individuals who will be supported to form a theatre company and create a new performance piece in the Lab studio at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project will provide:
• The chance to meet other artists, share ideas and start new collaborations
• Intensive training with the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Staff Director
• Access to Theatre Royal Plymouth facilities
• Workshops with some of the best theatre companies in the country (Told by an Idiot, Frantic Assembly etc)
• Professional advice, signposting and mentoring by industry professionals
• A supported opportunity to create and show a new piece of theatre in a professional environment
• Employment opportunities at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
• Expenses for Lab Company workshop/rehearsal days

Who is it for?
Early Career Artists aged 18-30. This is ideal for recent graduates, those taking a gap year or those in part time employment.

Meet 2016’s Lab Company here and hear about some of their experiences on our Blog Pages.

Applications are welcomed from performers in the main, but there will also be a limited number of opportunities for those skills in dramaturgy, writing, directing, producing, theatre design and music. We are looking to form an ensemble company so all should be prepared to try everything.

When does it take place?
Sept 17-July 18, mostly Thursday mornings and all day Fridays during term time. There will also be 2 intensive weeks in the year.

How do I get involved?

Application forms are available on our website or contact

Deadline: 30 June 2017 at 9am  (Auditions: 17th – 19th July)

Source: Liverpool Everyman Newsletter

Future Film Labs (finance): panel and networking event with BFI & Hiive

Are you a budding filmmaker who wants to know more about how filmmakers raise finance and spend budgets? Find out in this masterclass and networking event.

Future Film Labs offers industry insight, practical masterclasses, professional advice and networking for young emerging filmmakers. This month the panel of guests shows you the money. They wrap up with free networking drinks featuring drop-in scripting, casting and funding surgeries with our partners Euroscript, Young Actors Theatre Management and Livetree. Inspiration awaits!

How to book: apply for tickets through Hiive. Please note, you’ll need to set up a profile before you can apply.
Deadline: 27 June 2017 for booking (event takes place on 1 July 2017)
Source: Hiive

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop for Playwrights

Never stare at a blank page again! If you missed our sold-out workshops last year, this is your chance to get writing in an fun and supportive environment, with something to offer writers at all levels.

There’s no better way to celebrate London Writers’ Week than by putting your pen to use. This two-hour intensive workshop will get your creative juices flowing and leave you armed with a set of inspirational tools to boost your creativity when writing at home.

In this interactive workshop, London Playwrights’ Blog Co-Founders Kimberley Andrews and A.C. Smith put a digital twist on the extensive stash of practical writing exercises they’ve picked up during their lives as workshop participants, playwrights, tutors and workshop leaders.

You’ll have the chance to do some spontaneous writing, share your work with other members of the group and gain constructive feedback on your ideas.

Stick around in the bar afterwards to celebrate the end of London Writers’ Week and chat with the workshop leaders and your fellow writers!

(Also, have a look at our panel discussion just before this event, which will look at the best strategies for writers to make the most of what the digital world has to offer in creating their own work.)

Preparation: none, just bring what you need to take notes (paper/pen) – and be prepared to share your work in a group setting.

This event is for you if…

  • You’re interested in finding new strategies to create your own work
  • You’re curious about the new opportunities the digital world has created
  • You want to get practical advice from emerging writers who are successfully self-producing

Date:  Saturday 8th July 2017 from 5pm  –7pm

Location: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY 

Price: £5 for normal bookings – but LPB will shortly be announcing a discount code, so watch this space!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Gong via Flickr Commons CC License


LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion

How do you build a thriving creative life in the digital age? Come along to find out!

This discussion, hosted by A.C. Smith, Co-Founder of London Playwrights’ Blog and Director of London Playwrights’ Workshop, will bring together a panel of emerging creatives who are working in unique ways to successfully create work in the digital age. You will hear the strategies that worked for them and gain ideas on how to apply these in your own practice. The session will end with an audience Q&A.

The panel is focused on writing for the theatre, but writers from all backgrounds are welcome.

This event is for you if: 

  • You’re interested in finding new strategies to create your own work
  • You’re curious about the new opportunities the digital world has created
  • You want to get practical advice from emerging writers who are successfully self-producing

Date/ time: Saturday 8 July 2017 (3pm – 4.30pm)

We’d also really encourage you to stick around for our Creative Writing workout and get-together for writers which will happen following this event.

Location: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY 

Price:  £5 for normal bookings – but LPB will shortly be announcing a discount code, so watch this space!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Idealisms via Flickr Commons CC License

London Writers’ Week 2017: Events Listings

London Writers’ Week is back from 3-8 July 2017 with a jam packed programme of events taking place at  Central Saint Martins The Tabernacle.

This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, they hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.

Booking/Price: Bookings can be made through the individual event’s page (click through below) or by buying a Festival Pass that gains entry to all events.

LPB has been allocated a discount code for our events on Saturday 8 July, and also for a select number of full Festival Passes, which we’ll be sharing very soon alongside an exciting announcement. Watch this space for more info!

For all other bookings:

  • All Individual events are £5 unless otherwise stated
  • Festival Passes are available for £60 (allowing you entry into all 24 events, except for the John Yorke Intensive)
  • Day Passes are available for £15

For full event listings click here

The Write Network seeking writers for Page to Stage Project (London writers, £65 fee)

The Write Network has launched a project to help the development of new writers. The project is based in East London. All writers from London and surrounding areas are welcome to apply, although they would like to particularly encourage BAME writers. Each writer will take part in a set of workshops structured to guide them through the process of writing a short play!

Towards the end of the process each play will be read by professional actors as part of the creative process.

There will be two Page to Stage events in which three writers will have the opportunity to have a rehearsed reading of their play in front of an audience (industry professionals will be invited) The readings will take place at The Maud, Walthamstow.

The project is subsidised but there will be a cost to each writer of £65

Workshop dates: June 21st, 28th, July 5th, 12th, 19th! Time: 6.30 to 8.30pm

How to apply: Email for more details and to apply

Deadline: none posted but places are limited 

Source: Arts Jobs

An evening with Oliver Ford Davies on ‘Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters’ at Bloomsbury Publishing (25% DISCOUNT FOR LPB READERS!)

Bloomsbury will host the RSC’s Honorary Associate Artist Oliver Ford Davies in celebration of his new book Shakespeare’s Fathers & Daughters on June 15th from 6pm to 7:45pm at Bloomsbury’s London offices.

Oliver will be in discussion with Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall of The Shakespeare Institute, about a lifetime spent in Shakespearean roles, his new book and, most crucially, the Bard’s obsession with familial conflict and especially those unique to the father-daughter relationship.

Judging by his complete works, where it is explored in every shade and more than 20 unique relationships, from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest, it was an obsession that played out again and again in his stories. But why?
In this exclusive event, Oliver Ford Davies talks to Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall, of The Shakespeare Institute, about his new book Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters in what promises to be a frank and lively discussion of fathers and daughters in the Bard’s writing, relating it to the little we know of his own two daughters, and sheds new light on his exploration of the family that so dominated his approach to drama.

How to book: Use the link to book,  tickets cost £15/7 students/concessions and include a free drinks reception before the talk, and the opportunity to have your copy of Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters signed by Oliver. Bloomsbury are offering a special discount for LPB readers, simply use the code PLAY25 to save 25% on your tickets!

Location: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Date: 15 June 2017 at 6pm – 7.30pm 

Source: direct contact


Talawa seeking applications for four-week TYPT Programme (Black British artists, age 18-25)

TYPT is Talawa’s flagship programme for emerging theatre makers. Every summer a team of emerging artists aged 18-25 works with established artists to create a brand new show.

At TYPT artists develop their practice, test ideas and produce a brand new piece of theatre in just 4 weeks.

TYPT:17 runs from Monday 7 August – Saturday 2 September 2017.

What you get:  Whether you are a performer, stage manager, designer or technician, every element of the TYPT process will be open to you from initial production meetings to script development sessions; from meetings with graphic designers to the get-out.

I came to TYPT looking for the empowerment to develop as a performer and writer, and I certainly succeeded, we all did. Talawa’s enduring faith in developing new artists is remarkable and for my own journey TYPT was the biggest part of that.” 

-Michaela Coel, Writer and Performer, BAFTA Winner ‘Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ and ‘Breakthrough Talent’ 2016

How to apply:  To apply, download the application form from their website and email it to or post it to Talawa Theatre Company, 53 – 55 East Road London N1 6AH.

If your application is successful you will be invited to an audition or workshop and interview.

Deadline:  Friday 17 June 2016 at 6pm

Source:  Talawa Newsletter

Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme (age 18-25, £200 bursary)

The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, an opportunity for playwrights to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams.


  • No experience is necessary.
  • Anyone aged between 18 and 25 inclusive on 1 September 2017 is eligible to apply.

What you get:  Beginning in September 2017, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to submit drafts for feedback and to hold a reading of their work with professional actors at Hampstead Theatre. In September 2018, all drafts will be considered for presentation in the Downstairs studio, and the playwrights will meet with the Executive team to discuss their work.

The playwrights will be invited to see all Main Stage and Downstairs shows at Hampstead Theatre for free, to attend rehearsals and production meetings, and to meet with and learn from the Hampstead Theatre teams.

Fee:  The programme is completely free and Hampstead will offer a bursary of £200 towards travel throughout the year.

There is no entry fee.

What to submit / How to apply:  Writers are required to submit an application form, play proposal, and writing sample.

Information about the programme and the application form can be found here on their website.

Deadline:  Sunday 2 July 2017 at midnight

Source:  Direct contact

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500)

Applications are now open for a brand new playwriting course in central Oxford, taught by Olivier Award-winning playwright and director John Retallack.

It is a new professional course that covers every aspect of writing a play and, over 30 weekly 2-hour sessions and 3 day-long workshops between September and June, asks a selected group of promising writers to write three plays, starting with a 15 minute text in the first term and moving towards a full-length script in the third.

You might be a brand new writer, or someone who has written a great deal but has yet to break through fully on to the professional stage or radio – or you might have published and want to build up your skills as a playwright.

Course dates:11 September 2017 – 4 June 2018

Course fees: £2500

How to apply: admission is by interview, plus an two 20-page samples of the applicant’s written work. No academic qualification is required and the course is open to anyone over 18. for more information, including  course content and how to apply visit the website

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017

Source: direct contact