Category Archives: Opportunities

Playwriting Courses at The National Theatre (£500/£350 concessions cost)

The National Theatre are launching their series of Autumn Playwriting courses! For the first time, they are running both the ‘How to begin playwriting’ and the ‘How to develop your playwriting’ courses simultaneously, so there is plenty on offer for writers of all levels.

How to Begin Playwriting: 

A ten-week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques.

Course dates: Tuesdays 19 Sep – 28 Nov (not 24 Oct), 6.30–8.30pm.

Location: Clore Learning Centre.

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions)

How to apply: Please click here to book your place on this course.

How to Develop your Playwriting: 

A ten-week course which will give an insight into developing your playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques.

Course dates: Fridays 22 Sep – 1 Dec (not 27 Oct), 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Location: Clore Learning Centre.

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions)

How to apply: Please click here to book your place on this course.

Deadline: The deadline for both is 8 September 2017 at 5pm. 

Source: Direct Contact

 

The Owl and Cat Theatre seeking provocative new plays

One of Melbourne’s leading independent theater’s, The Owl and Cat Theatre, are seeking provocative new plays to produce.

They are looking for work that is thought-provoking/confronting in nature, and work that explores contemporary themes. There is no specific genre stated, they are simply seeking new plays that speak to a modern audience.

Plays should have a running time of 50 – 120 minutes, and should not have been previously produced. Plays should be in PDF format, and should be professionally formatted (e.g. using script-writing software such as Celtx and/or Final Draft). Musicals and previously submitted work are not being accepted.

If selected, your play will run for 3 weeks, with a total of 12 shows. Successful playwrights will receive a payment of AUD $150.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed to owlandcatscripts@gmail.com with the subject heading: 2017 Script Submission.

Deadline: 1 September 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 18 August 2017

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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:

Member Meetup! Join us on 1 September

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, John Murray: When (and when not) to hear your work read aloud

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Sophia Chapadjiev: Are you researching, or just procrastinating?

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse  –  Deadline: 25 August 2017

Galley Beggar Press short story prize 2017/18 (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 27 August 2017

London Horror Festival seeking scripts for production at the Old Red Lion Theatre – Deadline: 28 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12 – Deadline: 30 August 2017

VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Hat Trick Productions seeks comedy scripts for ‘Your Voice, Your Story’ initiative – Deadline: 31 August 2017

89th Productions seeking full-length plays for production – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

The DH Ensemble seeking D/deaf artists for scratch night at Battersea Arts Center – Deadline: 4 September 2017

Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize) – Deadline: 16 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Hammond House accepting scripts for screenwriting competition (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women now open for submissions – Deadline: 9 October 2017

Women’s Comedy Festival accepting applications (£50 prizes) – Deadline: 12 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Theatrefullstop seeking shorts for pub theatre festival – Deadline: 1 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

6 week playwriting workshop with Lee Anderson at the Arcola (£85 cost) – 31 October – 5 December 2017

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

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – 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

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

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)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

Women’s Comedy Festival accepting applications (£50 prizes)

The Women in Comedy Writing Festival have announced a new competition for comedy writers to have their work performed live.

The competition is broken up into two categories, the first being comedy sketches and monologues. They are looking for sketches and/or monologues of 3 minutes in length that feature a female voice/story. The second category is humorous short stories of no more than 1000 words. All work must be of the comedy genre, and can be written by men but all submissions MUST feature women as the main characters.

There are prizes of £50 for first place winners, plus publication and performance opportunities in each category. Comedy related prizes will also be available for the runners up and a Women in Comedy memory stick will be given to all winners.

The Women in Comedy Festival will run 19 – 29 October 2017 in Manchester and Salford.

How to apply: There is a £3 entry fee to apply, and all applications can be made here through the Women in Comedy website.

Deadline: 12 October 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

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: The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

Description: The Old Vic 12 is a creative scheme that aims to support a range of artists. They are searching for 12 individuals who are ready to take the next step in their artistic careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

They are looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between.

All applications should be made through your Hiive account. The Old Vic 12 post can be found here on the Hiive website.  The deadline to apply is 30 August 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for a range of artists to get involved with one of London’s biggest theatre companies! The Old Vic 12 aims to support creatives in developing their careers and take their work to the next level, or in a new direction entirely. They are looking for people who are starting to establish themselves in the industry and want to take it that step further. So whether you’re a playwright or a DJ, if you’re someone who wants to develop their craft and work collaboratively with The Old Vic, then this is the opportunity for you!

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: The Old Vic 

The DH Ensemble seeking D/deaf artists for scratch night at Battersea Arts Center

The DH Ensemble have put out an open call for artists from the D/deaf and hearing community for their Freshly Scratched night of new work in association with Battersea Arts Center.

They are looking for work that is from the D/deaf and hearing community, and for work that is also accessible to both D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Anything including poetry, stand-up comedy, spoken-word, multimedia, live art and cross-disciplinary work is being accepted. They encourage innovative work that acknowledges the presence of the audience.

In their words: “We strongly encourage emerging and established D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing artists to think about ways of making their work accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences. A section of an existing piece of work could be considered a scratch if this is the first time you are trying accessible elements. Artists who already make visual work without spoken text who would like to reach a new audience are also encouraged to apply with a new piece of work. For advice about making your work accessible, you are welcome to contact info@thedeafandhearingensemble.com with an email or a British Sign Language video.”

Each piece can last up to 10 minutes, and 6-7 pieces will be picked to be performed in front of a live audience at Battersea Arts Center on 6 October 2017.

How to apply: You can apply using the online application form which can be found here. Or you can email scratch@bac.org.uk with a 300 word description, or a short film in BSL of no more than 2 minutes. Please provide your name and contact information. You can also email links via various social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram that visually convey your idea.

Deadline: 4 September 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

6 week playwriting workshop with Lee Anderson at the Arcola (£85 cost)

The Arcola are running a 6 week playwriting workshop titled: WRITING FOR THE STAGE – CONSENTING ADULTS COPY. The course will be run by playwright Lee Anderson.

About Lee Anderson: “Lee Anderson is a playwright and dramaturg based in London and working internationally. He is Writer-in-Residence with SQUINT theatre company and Co-Artistic Director of Performance Anxiety. As a playwright, Lee’s work has been presented at The Pleasance (‘Molly’, SQUINT), Tristan Bates Theatre (‘Poles Apart’, Like The Clappers), The Lion and the Unicorn (‘Skin Deep’, Attila Theatre), and Theatre N16 (‘How Many’, Pokfukam Rd Productions). His work has been longlisted for both the Papatango Playwriting Prize and Old Vic 12.”

Course content: These workshops will enable budding playwrights to create their first draft of an original, one act play. Over the course of six-weeks, the group will focus on a different instrument in the playwright’s toolbox – from crafting dialogue and constructing characters, to structuring your play and finding a dramatic form.

Each session will last for 2 hours, and will involve a mixture of practical exercises, lively discussion and script readings. There will also be opportunities for writers to share their work and hear extracts read aloud. In the final week, writers have the option of submitting a first-draft of their play and receiving detailed feedback on it, and/or hearing an extract of their work read to the group.

Who’s it for? The workshops are aimed at budding playwrights aged 16+, with no previous experience required.

Course dates: Tuesday 31 October – Tuesday 5 December 8pm-10pm

How to book: Please click here to book a place.

Cost: £85 for the entire course

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 11 August 2017

Want to support LPB? Become a member!

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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Featured posts:

Member Meetup! Join us on 1 September

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Sophia Chapadjiev: Are you researching, or just procrastinating?

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Sonali Bhattacharyya: Procreative: How to be a playwright AND a new parent

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize) 

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Soho Theatre young writers’ lab 2017 (16-26) – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Monday Club seeking scripts for rehearsed reading at Old Red Lion Theatre – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

TheatreThirteen accepting scripts for scratch night – Deadline: 16 August 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse  –  Deadline: 25 August 2017

Galley Beggar Press short story prize 2017/18 (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 27 August 2017

London Horror Festival seeking scripts for production at the Old Red Lion Theatre – Deadline: 28 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12 – Deadline: 30 August 2017

VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Hat Trick Productions seeks comedy scripts for ‘Your Voice, Your Story’ initiative – Deadline: 31 August 2017

89th Productions seeking full-length plays for production – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize) – Deadline: 16 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Hammond House accepting scripts for screenwriting competition (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women now open for submissions – Deadline: 9 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Theatrefullstop seeking shorts for pub theatre festival – Deadline: 1 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

Playwrights’ Redrafting Workshop (with Jennifer Farmer) – On 12 August 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

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

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – 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

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

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)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

The Old Vic have launched the 3rd year of The Old Vic 12 and are now accepting applications!

The Old Vic 12 is a creative scheme that aims to support artists. They are searching for 12 individual artists who are ready to take the next step in their careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

In their words: “The successful applicants will be creatives looking to make a change in their work, whether that’s a step up or the support to go in a new direction. Applicants should be creating their own work on the fringe, assisting established practitioners or working at the equivalent level, and feel that they would benefit from a structured year and attachment to an independent producing theatre.”

They are looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between. So if you’re interested in collaboration and new plays, they want to hear from you!

The scheme is open to those based in the UK. Each applicant should have varying amounts of experience in their specified field. To find more, and for full information, please click here.

How to apply: All applications should be made through your Hiive account. The Old Vic 12 post can be found here on the Hiive website.

Deadline: 30 August 2017 at 12 pm 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize)

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: Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize)

Description: Chelsea Theatre are seeking submissions for their new scratch night, and are offering £50 prizes to the winning applicants! They are looking for short scripts based on the themes: home, culture, and borders. They are accepting scripts, skits, comedy, poetry, and more. Each piece should be within the time frame of 2-9 minutes, and have 1-6 characters. All chosen pieces will win a prize of £50, and will have their work performed at the scratch night later this year. The deadline to apply is 16 September 2017.

What’s so great about it? Getting your work produced can be a daunting process, especially if you’re an emerging writer, but that is exactly why this opportunity is so worthwhile. With a whole night dedicated to new writing, Chelsea theatre are supporting those who are just starting out, and those who are struggling to find a home for their work.

You are free to explore the specified themes in any way you like, and as they support innovative work from a range of disciplines. So whether you write comedy or horror, your short piece will be in good company on the night.

Every winning applicant will have their work performed on one of London’s top stages, and will receive a £50 prize!

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: Chelsea Theatre