Category Archives: Opportunities

Graeae seeking Literary Administrator

This is a perfect job for someone with an interest in seeing the work of D/deaf and disabled writers better represented on stage. You will be supporting Graeae’s lauded, highly-connected training programme, Write to Play, and will be the first point of contact for writers wishing to submit scripts for consideration.

The job is 3 days per week for a 12 month fixed term contract.

How to apply: find out more and apply here

Deadline: 4 February 2019 at 10am

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING? PLAYS? LYRICS? MUSIC? NEW MUSICAL THEATRE? If so, this could be a really big opportunity for you!


Emil Dale (founder & producer of The Factory Playhouse www.factoryplayhouse.com & director of www.emildale.co.uk) is looking for a musical theatre composer | lyricist | script writer who is looking to collaborate on a NEW MUSICAL CONCEPT.
Emil Dale is looking to commission the development of a new musical.

How to apply: Please email admissions@emildale.co.uk with your details, any work you have been involved in with NEW MUSICAL in the subject box.

Deadline: none posted

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Paper Creatures workshop with Simon Stephens

If you’ve got ideas for a play but don’t know where to go next with it, check out this workshop and Q&A with Simon Stephens for emerging writers this February.

“A practical interrogation of the mechanics of dramatic action using writing exercises and excerpts from my work” – Simon Stephens.

The workshop will focus on where and how to start when writing a play and will be followed by a Q&A.

Date: 25 February 2019

Location: St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AD

Cost: £27.24

How to book: here

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Lyric Theatre Belfast accepting submissions for New Playwrights’ Programme

The Lyric Theatre Belfast is now taking submissions for its third annual New Playwrights’ Programme.

Aimed at new and emerging playwrights, this six month programme from May to November 2019 provides intensive, hands-on dramaturgical support for four writers. A showcase of the work developed through the programme will be presented in their Naughton Studio in November 2019.

Who can apply: applications are welcomed from new and emerging playwrights, who must be over the age of 18 and have had fewer than two professional productions of their work (this excludes professional rehearsed readings). They are looking for work that is fresh, original and inherently theatrical from writers with a unique voice. Scripts can be about any subject matter or written in any style.

You do not need to be resident in Northern Ireland to apply, but you must be willing and able to commit to attending meetings, workshops and readings at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for the duration of the programme (travel to and from the Lyric is unfortunately not covered as part of the programme).

They welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds, and would particularly encourage submissions from voices which are currently under-represented in Irish theatre.

How to apply:For further information and to find out how to apply visit the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s website 

Deadline: 11 February 2019 at 12pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Artfulscribe seeking facilitator for creative writing workshops (Poole)

Artfulscribe are currently recruiting a Lead Facilitator to run weekly creative writing workshops at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, for young people aged 11 – 18.

The Lead Facilitator will be capable of planning sessions that inspire, motivate, and develop young writers through engagement with Lighthouse’s seasonal programme and through interaction with other cultural events and venues in the region.

You will need to be available on Saturday mornings during school term times.

How to apply: see full application details here:

Deadline: 3 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Sharp Scratches seeking shorts which tackle theme of mental health

Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing, for their next show this will be at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, London SE5.

Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their 24th February night they are looking for short scripts, extracts and spoken word that tackle mental health. They want scripts that reflect the entire spectrum of mental health. Submissions from BAME and LGBTQ+ writers are strongly encouraged.

Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you.

What they want:

  • Pieces of theatre or extracts or spoken word no longer than 15 minutes in duration. If you are submitting an entire longer script you need to specify the extract you want to submit for performance as they do not have the readers to read entire full-length scripts.
  • Maximum 3 characters unless actors playing multiple roles is possible. If so please specify in your email.

How to apply: Scripts should be emailed to sharpscratches@gmail.com with the title of your play in the subject. You must also include a short synopsis, including cast list and a little bit about yourself as a writer. Submissions without this information in the body of the email will be disregarded.

A group of readers will shortlist the 6 chosen pieces and they will be then be cast and directed for performance. Writers are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Deadline: 2 February 2019 at 3pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Stitchin’ Fiction accepting submissions for next event

Stitchin’ Fiction is a FREE non-profit platform for creatives to come together in a workshopping environment. Writers with words stuck in their laptops and notebooks are given a pool of performers, who want to work and stretch their collaborative muscles and skills.

“Made by creatives for creatives, our aim is to provide new avenues and opportunities into the arts from all walks of life. Our events offer the space and support for artists to showcase their skills. Through our relaxed and informal settings, there’s only one thing left to worry about – letting our artists do what they do best!”

The night runs as follows:

● Writers/Directors and Performers Arrive

● Industry Q&A

● Assigned Speed Casting – Get your packs and groups

● Rehearsal Workshopping Time

● Audience Arrive: Public Scratch Performance 7:30pm

● Audience/Participant Q&A

What are they looking for? Like-minded creatives who seek a platform for collaborative theatre-making opportunities. That’s it! Whether you’re fresh out of your thesis or seasoned with scripts, SF’s doors are open for all the apply.

How to apply: find out more on the website.

Deadline: 30 January 2019

Source: direct contact

KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries


KDC’s writing competition, Full Stack, is open once more. Over the past few years they have given the opportunities for writers old and new to get a chance to have their work put on stage at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

The aim of this project is to get everyone writing, whether you are normally an actor and have never written before, or a seasoned writer who would love to try a new form or style; this is designed to get your creative juices flowing.

What they are looking for: 4 page script based on the theme: Carried Away. This theme is to be seen as an inspiration for your work and can be interpreted as you see fit.

If selected your work would be performed as part of a new writing showcase in July performed by KDC actors.

Submission guidelines:

  • It must be 4 A4 pages maximum, anything longer is disqualified.
  • Font no smaller than size 10.
  • There should be no more than 3 actors required for the piece.
  • Please limit submissions to one per person.
  • Submissions need to be in PDF or Microsoft Word formats.

How to enter: lease email your 4 page script to: vicky@kdctheatre.com. 

They will contact you in April to let you know whether you are successful.

Deadline: 10 March 2019 at 6pm

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 18 January 2019

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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:

Happy New Year from London Playwrights’ Blog & Workshop!

Catching the Devil: Writing in Response to a Well Known Play 

#WrAP is back for 2019! Write a play this January!

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Swings And Roundabouts: An inclusive night of new theatre in aid of Shelter

Pursued by a Bear: “My full length play is too short, what should I do?”

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with January Deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout January 2019

Female Birmingham Writers/Artists, Near Neighbours & Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Deadline: 18 January 2019

The Actors Centre & Viola! Europe seeking new work for festival – Deadline: 18 January 2019

Caspa Arts seeking 5-15 minute plays for scratch night – Deadline: 20 January 2019

Cast Iron Theatre accepting submissions for short play night – Deadline: 20 January 2019

STAGE IT! 10-Minute Play Festival and Book Publication– Deadline; 21 January 2019

Warwick Arts Centre seeking solo writer-performers – Deadline: 21 January 2019

Shooting Fish Theatre seeking playwright – Deadline: 25 January 2019

Get Over It Productions seeking new writing for ‘The Scene’ scratch night – Deadline: 27 January 2019 at midnight

28 Plays Later open for registration – Deadline: 28 January 2019

Angry Bear Scratches for…seeking short plays – Deadline: 28 January 2019

Make it Write Productions writing competition on the theme of ‘Monsters‘ – Deadline: 28 January 2019

Swings And Roundabouts: An inclusive night of new theatre in aid of Shelter – Deadline: 28 January 2019

Lady Eleanor Holles School: Write the Girl – opportunities for playwrights – Deadline: none posted but the event takes place 29 January 2019

Optik Theatre: The Script Room – call out for scripts – Deadline: 31 January 2019

Insight Festival: Call for Entries for the Student Filmmaker Award – Deadline: 31 January 2019

Access Platform seeking new work from D/Deaf & Disabled artists – Deadline: 31 January 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship open for applications- Deadline: 31 January 2019 at 5pm

Drip Action Theatre Company: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail open for submissions – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Leeds Playhouse script window will be open on 1 January 2019 – Deadline: 31 January 2019

Artist Development from Pleasance Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe – Deadline: 31 January 2019

Writing West Midlands: Room 204 Writer Development Programme open for applications – Deadline: 31 January 2019

New work wanted for Scratching the Surface – Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Bush Theatre script submission window now open– Deadline: 1 February 2019

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Imaginate call out for new writing applications for Accelerate development scheme – Deadline: 4 February 2019

Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 7 February 2019

The Old Sorting Office Barnes seeking new work for Dispatches scratch night– Deadline: 10 February 2019

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Submissions for Horatio Productions’ Science Fiction Festival 2019 are open – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts) – Date: 22 January 2018

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester) – Date: 28 January 2019

Papercut Theatre: Redrafting and Structure workshop with Melissa Dunne – Date: 2 February 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 201

Playwriting in Movement workshop with Coleen MacPherson – Dates: 9 & 10 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!Date: 2 March 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018

Online workshops and resources: 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

Stagescripts 10@10 Quest for 10 unsung plays by living UK-based writers – Deadline: none posted

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

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

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

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

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – 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.

Angry Bear Scratches for…seeking short plays

Angry Bear Scratches for… 


Angry Bear Scratches for…  is is a night of new writing on the 11 of March, in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. 

They are calling out for for short plays (10 mins max).

The event will take place at a super-secret-studio-space-of-a-swanky-Off-West End-theatre to be announced when submissions have closed. 

It is free to enter and your play will be considered your donation to the charity. Angry Bear will have the right to perform your play once, on the specified night and will retain no rights over it thereafter.

How to apply: more details and how to apply can be found on their website

Deadline: submissions will open on 28 January and will close when 150 plays are received. 

Source: direct contact